Former Texas Rep Beto O’Rourke Back On The Campaign Trail Spreading Falsehoods
Beto O’Rourke is back on the campaign trail after taking a break after the August 3rd shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. O’Rourke’s native Texas has experienced two deadly mass shootings in the last month.
O’Rourke is one of the most vocal 2020 presidential candidates that is in favor of gun control. Now that the father of three is back on the campaign trail, he’s hoping that a wider campaign dealing with gun control will give him an edge. O’Rourke has been aggressively pushing for a ‘buy back’ gun policy similar to what Australia has done.
Most legal experts say, the measure will not advance, due to the strong 2nd Amendment laws that are in place. While O’Rourke has been talking about buying back guns on the Federal level, he has been misstating facts to support his arguments. O’Rourke appeared on ‘State Of The Union’ on CNN on Sunday. He said during the show that there have been 300 mass shootings a year in the United States.
A Mass Shooting Is Defined As An Event Where 4 Or More People Are Killed By 1 Or More Shooters
The definition of a mass shooting, is when four or more people are shot by one or more persons. It’s unknown where O’Rourke came up with that number, but it’s demonstratively wrong. According to statistical records there have been 167 mass shootings since 1966, which is too many, and makes O’Rourke’s statements completely false and unnecessary.
On the Sunday CNN show, O’Rourke said that there are a hundred shootings a day in the United States. Data from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta does concur with that number. However many shooting deaths in the U.S. are the result of suicides, and O’Rourke did not address that issue. The CDC says that almost 6 out of 10 shooting deaths in the U.S. are the result if suicide.
O’Rourke Blamed President Donald Trump For The Shootings In Texas
Beto O’Rouke came right and said, that President Donald Trump is responsible for the Walmart shooting in El Paso. O’Rouke seemed to have a huge issue with prayer and called them rhetoric.
He said on ‘State Of The Union,’ “The rhetoric that we have used, thoughts and prayers, that you just referred to. Has done nothing to curb the epidemic of gun violence. We must protect our kids our families our fellow Americans in public places like Walmart. At a Walmart in El Paso where 22 were killed, 100 shootings a day here in American. We are averaging 300 mass shootings a year, no other country comes close to those numbers. And yes this is * up. If we don’t call it out for what it is, if we’re not able to speak clearly. If we are not able to act decisively, then we will continue to have this type of bloodshed”. O”Rourke said the El Paso shooter was a big supporter of Donald Trump. Furthermore, Beto said the shootings there were Trumps fault and his fault alone.