Cicilline: O'Rourke's AR-15 comment 'doesn't help'

Cicilline: O'Rourke's AR-15 comment 'doesn't help'
© Greg Nash

Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship FTC Democrat raises concerns that government is 'captured' by large tech companies Democrats want Mulvaney to testify in Trump impeachment probe MORE (D-R.I.) said Sunday that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-Texas) comment that “hell yes, we’re going to take” assault-style rifles is unhelpful but noted that no one has proposed such a thing legislatively.

“That message doesn’t help but the reality is we passed two important gun safety proposals back in February” including universal background checks, Cicilline told “Fox News Sunday” guest host Bill Hemmer.

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As to whether any gun confiscation is imminent or being proposed in Congress, Cicilline added, “that’s just not true, there’s no proposal to do that in Congress.”

“We know background checks work,” he added. “We have to do something, the American people are demanding we do something … I grew up and we did fire drills, that was the scariest thing we did, now young children are doing active shooter drills.”

Cicilline is one of several Democrats who pushed back against O’Rourke’s remark, which others have said could be used as an attack by Republicans.

Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' Meet the dog and 'sea turtle' who launched campaigns for office Senators demand briefing on Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria MORE (D-Del.) said Friday “that clip will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying that Democrats are coming for your guns.”

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision Buttigieg says he wasn't comfortable with Clinton attack on Gabbard Buttigieg: Trump undermining US credibility 'is going to cost us for years and years' MORE (D), O’Rourke’s fellow Democratic candidate for president, made similar comments Sunday, agreeing with CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperBiden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' White House officials stand by Syria withdrawal, sanctions delay amid bipartisan pushback Kasich to Congress: 'Look in the mirror at how you want to be remembered' MORE that the remark could play into Republican hands.