Speaking with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “Prime Time,” O’Rourke said he “might buy that argument” if “they had made some progress already.”
“Many of those Democrats are complicit in what we see right now. I mean, the Republicans are the most obstinate and the most obstructionist and the most in the pockets of the NRA, but it’s been a bipartisan problem that the Centers for Disease Control couldn’t even study gun violence, that here we are in 2019 and we still don’t have universal background checks or ‘red flag’ laws or we allowed the assault weapons ban to expire, even though it did so much good and saved so many lives,” he said.
“So this old policy and tactic of relying on polls and allowing the NRA to set the terms of the debate no longer works for me and no longer works for this country,” O’Rourke said. He added that “the American people are there” for gun violence legislation and now “that urgency just needs to be reflected in their leadership in Congress. It will be reflected when I’m in the White House.”
“No one in this country, including owners of AR-15s and AK-47s, think that what is happening right now is OK,” he said.
“This is f***ed up,” he said.