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

Cicilline: O'Rourke's AR-15 comment 'doesn't help'
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Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineLiving in limbo may end for Liberians in the US Five tech stories to watch in 2020 Democratic senators tweet photos of pile of House-passed bills 'dead on Mitch McConnell's desk' 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.


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 CoonsDemocrats scramble to rein in Trump's Iran war powers Administration officials defend Trump claims, Soleimani intelligence as senators push back on briefing Sunday shows - Administration officials grilled on Trump's Iran claims 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 ButtigiegFormer insurance executive: 'Medicare for all' would eliminate jobs that are 'not needed' Buttigieg says he's proud to be a part of US system amid UK royal family drama Buttigieg asked about 'Mayo Pete' memes by New York Times ed board MORE (D), O’Rourke’s fellow Democratic candidate for president, made similar comments Sunday, agreeing with CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperSteyer says 'grassroots organizing' in Nevada, South Carolina got him on debate stage Pentagon chief says he 'didn't see' intelligence suggesting Iran planned to attack four US embassies Ex-White House press, military officials call on Grisham to restart regular briefings MORE that the remark could play into Republican hands.