Former United States Representative of El Paso and Presidential Candidate, Beto O’Rourke, is running for Texas Governor. In recent polls, he is seen trailing Austin's, Governor Greg Abbott. To help close this gap, O’Rourke has chance his tone on guns.
You see, Texas is one of the 20 states that allow no permit to carry a concealed gun or open carry.
With the strong stance of Texans and their right to bear arms, O’Rourke had to change his stance.
Previously, while running for office in 2019, he was supported by banning the sale of AR-15s and seizing the guns from current owners.
As early as November 2021, O’Rourke held that position. "Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15." O'Rourke stood by that position.
Recently, that has changed since he trails Governor Abbott by about 10% in recent polls.
One way to close the gap, O’Rourke had to change something on his platform. For him, that was gun control.
On his website, O’Rourke’s page changed as early as April to state, “And while it might not be the easy or politically safe thing to say, I strongly believe that we need to reduce the number of AR-15’s and AK-47’s on our streets."
Sometime since April 1, the campaign edited the section to say: "And while it might not be the easy or politically safe thing to say, I don't believe any civilian should own an AR-15 or AK-47."
Then yesterday, O’Rourke called out Governor Abbott while discussing the Uvalde school shooting. On Tuesday, May 24, the attacker entered Robb Elementary, which left 19 students and two teachers dead.
O’Rourke interrupted the Governor and called him out on his weak policy on gun control.
Here is a clip of the incident.
O’Rourke is using this incident as a way to gain more supporters. This will probably be a key campaign issue as they get closer to the election on November 8, 2022.
The challenger is trying his best to close the gap on the Governor who is seeking his third term in office. Abbott won the seat in 2014 as the 50th governor of Texas after a stint as the State Attorney General.
Do you think this will help close the gap between Beto O’Rourke and Governor Abbott?