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 CicillineWhite House to host lawmakers as negotiations over agenda hit critical stage Matt Stroller: Amazon's Bezos likely lied under oath before Congress Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups 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 CoonsChris Andrew CoonsCrucial talks on Biden agenda enter homestretch Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Dems see path to deal on climate provisions Democrats say they have path to deal on climate provisions in spending bill 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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal Republican spin on Biden is off the mark Unanswered questions remain for Buttigieg, Biden on supply chain catastrophe MORE (D), O’Rourke’s fellow Democratic candidate for president, made similar comments Sunday, agreeing with CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperManchin backs raising debt ceiling with reconciliation if GOP balks Democrats face critical 72 hours Dems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill MORE that the remark could play into Republican hands.