Trump segued into Beto O’Rourke’s gun positions by referencing a conversation with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), in which Cruz mentioned O’Rourke’s failing grade.
In that interview, O’Rourke voiced his opposition to commonly owned semiautomatic rifles and said, “I just don’t think we should be selling AR-15s in this country.”
On April 9, 2018, interview with KFYO, O’Rourke described commonly owned semiautomatic rifles as “weapons of war” and said, “I’ve come to the conclusion that we should not be selling these weapons of war in this country, and not expect them to turn up in our schools, in our concerts, and in our churches.”
During an October 18, 2018, CNN town hall, O’Rourke praised Texas gun heritage and then called on Texas to step up and lead the nation in a gun control conversation.
He pushed a number of gun controls at the town hall and swelled the number of annual gun violence deaths by 66 percent, as the larger-than-reality number makes gun control arguments more convincing.