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Beto Mocked After Clip of Him Getting a Shot Goes Viral: ‘Now We Know Why He Wants to Ban Guns’

Beto O’Rourke shared a video of himself receiving a flu shot on Wednesday, sparking widespread ridicule from critics of the 2020 hopeful’s stance on gun control.

In a video posted to Instagram, O’Rourke is seen taking a breath as the woman delivering the shot warns, “No crying.”

Political social media strategist Caleb Hull shared the clip to Twitter, where it has since racked up more than 1.2 million views.

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O’Rourke’s pro-gun control stance has not won him many admirers among proponents of gun rights, and conservative commenters were not kind in their responses, making various mocking references to the Texas Democrat’s lithe physique.


“Now we know why Beto wants to take everyone’s guns… He’s compensating for his lack of them,” Hull tweeted in a caption accompanying the viral video.

Other social media users were similarly ruthless:

“How are u from Texas?” queried The Blaze Media’s Jason Howerton.

“look at those fleshy arms, so pasty and pale. He would struggle in an arm wrestling contest with Hillary,” tweeted one commenter.

“Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15s”

O’Rourke’s outspoken support for gun control stance in the wake of an Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas has made him a popular target for pro-gun advocates.

During last month’s Democratic primary debate in Houston, O’Rourke responded to the moderator’s question about his stance on guns by saying he supported a ban on weapons “designed to kill on the battlefield.”

“Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15s, your AK-47s, we are not going to allow them to be used against fellow Americans any more,” O’Rourke said.

Republican state representative Briscoe Cain tweeted out a response to O’Rourke later on in the night.

“My AR is ready for you Robert Francis,” Cain said in the tweet.

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O’Rourke replied with a tweet of his own, characterizing Cain’s comments as a “death threat” and declaring that neither Cain nor “anyone else” should own an AR-15.

While gun rights supporters may not agree with candidate O’Rourke’s politics, he’s been a boon to some of them.

Earlier this month, a Phoenix gun shop reported running out of AR-15 rifles in less than four hours after offering a “Beto special” on the firearms, which were discounted at $349.99.

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