O'Rourke responds to Buttigieg's gun criticism: 'That calculation and fear is what got us here in the first place'

O'Rourke responds to Buttigieg's gun criticism: 'That calculation and fear is what got us here in the first place'
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE snapped back at fellow 2020 White House hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegFormer Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over MORE on Sunday after Buttigieg said the former Texas congressman played into the Republican Party's hands when he said "Hell yes we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47" during the last debate. 

O'Rourke retweeted a Washington Examiner article describing Buttigieg's comments from earlier in the day, writing, "That calculation and fear is what got us here in the first place."

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On CNN's "State of the Union," Buttigieg agreed when host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperJuan Williams: Keep the spotlight on Trump's COVID failure Chicago mayor: We can't let federal officials 'play police' in our city Coronavirus testing czar: Nobody on task force 'afraid to bring up anything' to Trump MORE asked if O'Rourke played into the GOP's hands  with his support of a required buyback of assault rifles.

"When even this president and even Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellProfessional sports players associations come out against coronavirus liability protections Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in talks with White House Top GOP senator urges agencies to protect renters, banks amid coronavirus aid negotiations MORE are at least pretending to be open to reforms, we know that we have a moment on our hands," Buttigieg said. "Let's make the most of it and get these things done."

During last Thursday night's debate, O'Rourke pushed for a mandatory buyback program more than a month after his hometown of El Paso, Texas experienced a mass shooting that killed 22 people.

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"Hell yes we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47," he said. "We're not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore."

Opponents have argued O'Rourke's new stance is too aggressive to gain the support of gun owners, although the former congressman said he hit "common ground" in discussions with gun owners in Arkansas.