Beto O`Rourke in Democratic Primary Debate


On Gun Control: No door-to-door enforcement, but reduce weapons of war

Q: In the last debate you said, "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47." But you said police wouldn't be going door to door. So how exactly are you going to force people to give up their weapons?

O'Rourke: AR-15s and AK-47s are weapons of war, designed to kill people efficiently on a battlefield. So if the logic begins with those weapons being too dangerous to sell, then it must continue by acknowledging with 16 million AR-15s and AK-47s out there, they're also too dangerous to own.

Q: Your website says you will find people who don't give up their weapons. Exactly how are you going to take away weapons from people who do not want to give them up?

O'Rourke: If someone does not turn in an AR-15 or an AK-47, or brings it out in public and brandishes it, then that weapon will be taken from them. If they persist, there will be other consequences from law enforcement. But the expectation is that Americans will follow the law.

Source: October Democratic CNN/NYTimes Primary debate Oct 15, 2019

On Homeland Security: Renew alliances like Kurds; they make America stronger

Q: A report by the Senate Democrats says the next president could fight back by publicly revealing what the US knows about Putin's corruption, and work with allies to freeze his bank accounts. Would you take either of those actions?

O'Rourke: Yes, we must be unafraid in ensuring that we hold Russia accountable for invading the world's greatest democracy, and being able to do it, thanks to Donald Trump, functionally, with impunity so far. So if there are not consequences, we will continue to see this problem going forward.

Q: How do we stand up to Russia on the global stage?

O'Rourke: We do that by renewing our alliances and our friendships. That is what makes America stronger. There isn't enough money in this country to do everything that we want to accomplish militarily. And the Kurds are case in point. In fact, because we turned our backs on them, those Kurds who fought for us in Syria, helped to defeat ISIS, not just for themselves, but for the United States of America.

Source: October Democratic CNN/NYTimes Primary debate Oct 15, 2019

The above quotations are from Democratic Primary Debate in Ohio, hosted by CNN and the New York Times.
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