Lauren Boebert says Beto O'Rourke's assault weapon buyback plan 'looked like it was ripped from the pages of Mein Kampf'
Lauren Boebertrails against government gun regulations in her new memoir.
- A 2019 buyback plan "should have scared the heck out of any freedom-loving American," she writes.
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One of the reasons Rep. Boebert gave for running for office in November 2020, she recounts in "
"It was with MSNBC's Joe Scarborough where O'Rourke's answer to what he would do if people refused to sell back their
O'Rourke told MSNBC that if the owner of an illegal weapon fails to sell it to the government, law enforcement would "recover that firearm and to make sure that it is purchased, bought back, so that it cannot be potentially used against somebody else."
"Just as in any law that is not followed or flagrantly abused, there have to be consequences or else there is no respect for the law," O'Rourke tells the MSNBC hosts who posed a hypothetical about "next steps" should gun owners refuse to hand over legally purchased assault-style weapons that have subsequently been outlawed.
"Wow! O'Rourke planned to send armed officers to your home to take your guns," Boebert writes. "That should have scared the heck out of any freedom-loving American."
Boebert isn't the first conservative to compare US gun regulation to Nazi gun control polices. Some on the right have argued that European Jews and other Nazi targets were disarmed victims of gun control.
The proposed buybacks were just one piece of O'Rourke's anti-gun violence pitch. During that same appearance on MSNBC, O'Rourke outlined a gun control platform including universal background checks, expanded red flag laws, and banning the sale of "weapons of war" to the general public.
And the former congressman is still fired up about it today as he seeks to unseat Trump-endorsed incumbent Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott this fall.
"I think we are fools to believe anything other than that these weapons of war will continue to be used with greater frequency against our fellow Americans," O'Rourke told rally goers May 21 in Abilene, Texas — just days before a mass shooting 250 miles south in Uvalde, Texas left 21 dead, including 19 schoolchildren.
"For the record, I don't believe guns cause violence," Boebert writes in her book. "I believe it is the evil in man that illegally shoots and kills."
O'Rourke did not respond to a request for comment about Boebert's anecdote.
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