Democrats never fail to impress me with their wide-eyed naiveté and ignorance of basic human nature.  Well, at least their naiveté and ignorance of gun-owning humans.

This was most recently on display when former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke discussed his proposed nationwide gun confiscation program, which does not include – he insisted – police going home to home and demanding them.

On Monday, he responded to a question at a New Hampshire campaign stop. “No, I don’t see law enforcement going door to door. I see Americans complying with the law. I see us working with gun owners, non-gun owners, local, county, state, federal law enforcement to come up with the best possible solution. I have yet to meet an owner of an AR-15 who thinks it is ok that we have these kind of mass killings in this country.”

The fact that he thinks it’s necessary to point out that gun owners don’t actually want innocent people to die, of course, is telling.  This isn’t a newsflash.  In fact, gun owners have been proven to be more law abiding than even cops.

But Beto doesn’t let facts stop a gun tragedy-exploitation.

“In Texas, there was a story of a man coming forward and just giving his AR-15 to the police department though he legally purchased it, and legally owns it, and is responsible about its use and care,” Beto went on to explain.  “[He] understands that there’s no reason to have a weapon that’s designed to kill people on the battlefield in his home, and so he gave it to the police department. So, we expect Americans to follow the rules.”

Did you catch that?  Beto’s program is targeting people who legally purchased weapons, and legally own weapons, and are responsible about their use and care.  And he still believes that most gun owners are going to comply?

Maybe he missed Charlton Heston’s “Cold Dead Hands” speech to the NRA back in 2000.  The Hollywood Reporterreminds us of this iconic speech:

If there was one defining moment of Heston’s presidency, it came on May 20, 2000, when at the NRA’s 129th convention the actor held up a Revolutionary War-era flintlock rifle and announced that if the government (and “especially you, Mr. Gore,” meaning Al Gore, who was running for president) wanted to confiscate the gun, they’d have to take it from his “cold, dead hands.”

I guarantee you that if gun owners weren’t intimidated by Al Gore, they aren’t going to be intimidated by Beto O’Rourke.

Hat Tip: Daily Wire

Gage Skidmore Image Credit from Flickr

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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