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Beto O'Rourke made a bold gun control vow Thursday night at the 22020 Democratic debate, saying: '****, yes, we are going to take your AR-15s.'
The former Texas congressman was applauded by the Democratic audience but risked handing Republicans red meat for attack advertisements if he makes it to the head-to-head race with Donald Trump.
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O'Rourke has made outspoken attacks on the Republicans and Donald Trump in particular over guns the centerpiece of his campaign in the wake of mass shootings in Texas, most recently at Walmart in El Paso.
But making the declaration on the debate stage reaches a wider audience - and could be used against him.
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O'Rourke got heated talking about the need to eliminate assault weapons after the mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa in a passionate speech that had the audience cheering him on.
'If it's a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield. If the high impact, high velocity round, when it hits your body, shreds everything inside of your body because it was designed to do that so you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers.
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'When we see that being used against children and in Odessa, I met the mother of a 15-year-old girl who was shot by an AR-15 and that mother watched her bleed to death over the course of an hour because so many other people were shot by that AR-15 in Odessa, there weren't enough ambulances to get to them in time.
'****, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We're not going to allow it to be used against a fellow American anymore, he said as the audience broke into long applause.'
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Shortly after his intervention, his campaign tweeted a clip of it...
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