During an interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Kennedy — the first-term senator from Lousiana — was asked for his thoughts regarding the Democratic presidential primary candidate admitting that he supported the confiscation of Americans’ firearms.
The Louisiana Republican said that, while he does not “agree” with O’Rourke’s plan to confiscate people’s guns, he thanked the former congressman for “being honest” about his views.
Kennedy also joked that the Texas Democrat’s copy of the Bill of Rights skips over the Second Amendment and claimed that “many” of his Democratic colleagues in Washington “don’t believe” in the amendment at all.
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“I want to thank the congressman for being honest. I don’t agree with him. Beto’s copy of the Bill of Rights goes from one to three. Mine includes the Second Amendment. But there are a whole host of people here in Washington, D.C. — not all of my Democratic friends, but many of my Democratic friends — they don’t believe in the Second Amendment.”
Kennedy went on to say that his “Democratic friends” that do not believe in the Second Amendment “would be happy to confiscate” Americans’ firearms and that if a person did not believe that, then they probably “still believe in Bigfoot.”
“I mean, it’s a fact,” added the Louisiana senator. “And everybody up here knows it.”
As IJR previously reported, several Democrats have distanced themselves from O’Rourke’s proposal, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) disavowing the plan and claiming that he does not know “of any other Democrat who agrees” with the former congressman’s plan.
O’Rourke also mistakenly celebrated an uptick in AR-15 sales on Twitter while reacting to the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) joke that he was their “AR-15 Salesman of the Month.”
He had claimed that “Colt Firearms just announced they’re stopping production of AR-15s” and linked out to an Associated Press article that said the firearms company was stopping civilian sales to fulfill law enforcement and military contracts.
The article said that Colt believed there was “already an adequate supply of sporting rifles on the market” and that the firearms company “remains committed to the Second Amendment and is adapting to consumer demand.”