This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 16, 2019:
The Presidential Medal of Freedom was established by then-President John F. Kennedy in 1963 to recognize a person who has made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States.”
Who says “Beto” (aka: Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who is seeking the Democrat Party’s nomination for president in 2020) should get the award? Isn’t he the same Texas congressman who earned an anti-freedom rating of just 25 out of 100 in the John Birch Society’s Freedom Index for his unconstitutional votes while in office? Isn’t he the one who shouted out at Thursday night’s Democrat debate that “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!”?
Yes, and yes.
Here’s what he said Thursday night in response to the moderator’s question about his “mandatory gun buyback plan”:
I am, 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 that you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers.
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 and Midland, there weren’t enough ambulances to get to them in time – hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.
O’Rourke’s “Mandatory buybacks” plan is synonymous with “confiscation.” First, the semi-automatic weapons targeted specifically by him will be forcibly removed from their owners and then spreading, through governmental “mission creep,” to include every other firearm owned by every private gun owner in the country.
O’Rourke’s outburst is no surprise to those familiar with the ongoing war against the Second Amendment. Democrat Senator from California Dianne Feinstein made clear her, and her party’s, intention back in 1994 during debates over the Clinton assault weapons ban: “If I could have gotten … an outright ban – ‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn in your guns’ – I would have!”
In a conversation with John Lott, head of the Crime Prevention Research Center, then-president Democrat Barack Obama said, “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”
Beto’s outburst is right in line with other totalitarians in history, including Mao Tse Tung, the Chinese Communist Party Chairman who oversaw the murder of more than 30 million Chinese during his “Great Leap Forward” following World War II. Said Chairman Mao:
All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns. That way no guns can ever be used to command the party….
Government begins at the end of the gun barrel.
So, once again, why should “Beto” get the Presidential Medal of Freedom? For finally, publicly and firmly, putting to rest any idea that the Democrats want anything less than complete and total confiscation of every firearm from every private owner in the United States. With that single sound bite – “hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47” – O’Rourke has ingratiated himself among Second Amendment supporters for exposing the dissembling, the lying, the deceiving, the fraud and deceit about the real intentions of anti-gun liberals. No longer will 2A supporter have to spend time, energy, and ink persuading people that that has been their real intent all along. In other words O’Rourke’s intemperate exclamation has, all by itself, advanced the freedom fight by months, if not years.
Beto’s sound bite is causing much angst among anti-gun Democrats, including Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), who told CNN on Friday: “I’m a gun owner. My sons and I have gone skeet shooting and hunting and, frankly, I don’t think having our presidential candidates, like Congressman O’Rourke did, say that we’re going to try to take people’s guns against their will is either a wise policy or political move.”
He added, to the joy of pro-Second Amendment activists, “I frankly think that clip will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying Democrats are coming for their guns.”
Anti-gun Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania agreed with Coons, tweeting that Beto’s “rhetoric undermines and hurts bipartisan efforts to actually make progress on commonsense gun safety efforts, like expanding background checks.”
It’s more than likely that Beto’s affirmation is helping dampen enthusiasm both for those expanded background checks and for red flag laws being considered now in Washington. Gun Owners of America just emailed its supporters that its members have generated more than three million emails and letters opposing them, and that was before O’Rourke’s outburst on Thursday night.
Beto’s sound bite is causing heartburn at the Washington Post as well. Post columnist Philip Bump wrote on Friday that, “O’Rourke has damaged his own chances of being elected president by staking out a position so distant from the center. What’s more, he has probably harmed the eventual Democratic nominee for president in 2020 by giving President Trump and his allies the ability to claim that Democrats intend to take guns away from the public.”
Bump reported that it didn’t take Republicans long to take advantage of O’Rourke’s admission:
On Friday morning Trump’s reelection team did exactly that, posting a video on social media calling Democrats a “joke” – because they “will take away your guns.” To illustrate that point, the video depicts a handgun in a no-smoking style red circle.
As for O’Rourke’s chances at becoming the Democrat Party’s nominee, RealClearPolitics reports that he has support from just 2.8 percent of those polled.
So “Beto” has no chance of securing the Democrat Party’s nomination. But he has fully and completely exposed the agenda of that Party concerning private firearms ownership in the United States. Because of that, shouldn’t he be at least be in the running for the Presidential Medal of Freedom?
RealClearPolitics.com: Beto at 2.8% in latest polls
The Washington Examiner: Chris Coons to Beto O’Rourke: You are so not helping
The New American: Beto’s Freedom Index: 25 out of 100
TheNewAmerican.com: O’Rourke Intends to Confiscate Guns: “Hell yes.”