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'RourkePoll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Authorities seize weapons from alleged neo-Nazi leader under 'red flag' law Super PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang MORE snapped back at fellow 2020 White House hopeful Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Hillicon Valley: Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts trying to interfere in 2020 | Zuckerberg on public relations blitz | Uncertainty over Huawei ban one month out Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race 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."

On CNN's "State of the Union," Buttigieg agreed when host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperRomney earns rants and raves for secret Twitter name CNN hires former GOP Rep. Sean Duffy Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' 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 McConnellTrump urges GOP to fight for him Senate Dems signal they'll support domestic spending package Trump's top picks for Homeland Security chief are ineligible for job: reports 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.

"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.