Booker Distances Himself from O’Rourke’s Gun-Grab Talk

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Rhetoric regarding the Second Amendment has come back to bite multiple 2020 Democrat candidates. Joe Biden, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and countless other leftist contenders have more than expressed where they stand on taking guns away from law-abiding citizens.

Of all the running Democrats, O’Rourke is the one who has chosen to flaunt a position which states, “hell yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47!” O’Rourke originally stood by these remarks despite backlash, but later attempted to walk things back when asked about the use of AR-15s for hunting purposes.


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As it turns out, O’Rourke isn’t the only person trying to slightly revise his positions on gun ownership.

Reports from the Washington Examiner note Cory Booker’s declaration that he’s “not where Beto is” on taking guns away from Americans; the validity of this declaration, however, remains largely up for debate.

A Closer Look at Booker’s Positions on Guns in America

On Wednesday, Cory Booker appeared on the set of The View in order to discuss his 2020 presidential campaign and where he stands on the issues. During this time, co-host Meghan McCain questioned Booker on his support for mandatory buyback programs and plans to enforce said buybacks.

Booker’s response to these inquiries proved to be quite fascinating. According to the 2020 Democrat, the “evidence-based way” of enforcing mandatory buyback programs is preferable; Booker also made sure to claim that “other countries have done it.”

He additionally cited gun licensing, increased background checks, etc., as further measures which will follow under a Booker presidency.

The Bottom Line on Mandatory Buyback Programs

Booker says he’s not “where Beto is” on guns, but the facts state otherwise. O’Rourke is very much supportive of mandatory buyback programs, as is Booker.

As a matter of fact, Booker recently admonished in-party rival Pete Buttigieg for referring to mandatory buybacks as what they are…gun confiscations. Buttigieg has previously come out and stated that he favors voluntary buyback programs, as opposed to mandatory ones.


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According to Booker, citing mandatory buyback programs as gun confiscations is “doing the NRA’s work.” Factually speaking, however, ordering Americans to hand over their guns to the government is the definition of a confiscation.

Let’s be clear: Cory Booker may not be as brazen in the delivery of his stance on guns in America, but at the end of the day, both he and O’Rourke are united in their favor of mandatory buyback programs.

What do you think about where Cory Booker stands on gun ownership in this country? Do you want him to employ “the evidence-based way” of confiscating YOUR firearms? Let us know in the comments section below!