This afternoon Fox News ran a clip in which Beto O’Rourke responded to the massacre in New Zealand by calling for a moratorium on sales of the AR-15 assault rifle. Fox host Pete Hegseth then responded in predictable fashion.
Media Matters has the transcript:
BETO O’ROURKE: We allow people in this country to buy weapons that were designed, engineered, and sold to the United States military for the express purpose of killing people as effectively as possible in as great a number as possible. If you own AR-15, keep it. Continue to use it responsibly and safely. I just don’t think that we need to sell any more weapons of war into this public.
PETE HEGSETH: Such easy, loose rhetoric of the left. They’ll say it — I’ll say it again, if I own an AR-15, stocks of gun companies probably will go up after things like this. Responsible gun owners recognize their right to own rifles like that. You can use “weapons of war” or “assault ban” all you want. This will appeal to his base, young people who are uninformed about the difference between an automatic and semi-automatic rifle. But, go out and get your second AR-15 today. Maybe it’s a good reason to do so.
Beto O’Rourke: “If you own an AR-15, keep it. Continue to use it responsibly and safely. I just don’t think that we need to sell anymore weapons of war into this public.” pic.twitter.com/uqMA1jWOTf
— The Hill (@thehill) March 17, 2019
Fox host Pete Hegseth tells viewers to stock up on AR-15s: “Go out and get your second AR-15 today. Maybe it’s a good reason to do so.” pic.twitter.com/YUjC4USzrA
— Media Matters (@mmfa) March 17, 2019