A President Donald Trump supporter heckled 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke on Wednesday during a gun violence prevention town hall in Newtown, Connecticut – the site of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
“I know that the people of this community understand this better than perhaps any other community in this country and not just the devastation, the grief and the lost, but what those solutions are,” O’Rourke, an outspoken proponent of gun control, told the crowd.
But for at least one local woman, the Texas Democrat’s message rang false.
“They’re here to hijack this town and to try to make an issue out of getting guns out of good peoples’ hands that can make a difference,” Rebecca Carnes said.
Footage obtained by Fox 61 captured Carnes’ scathing rant.
“This is bulls—,” she said. “It’s about mental health, and it’s about this war on boys and masculinity.”
“What do you have to say about mental health? What do you have to say about urban violence?” Carnes added.
Carnes signed off by slamming Democrats and touting her support for the president.
“Democrats are out,” she said. “Trump 2020: He’s saving this world. You guys are corrupt liars.”
While in Newtown, O’Rourke met with various local gun control groups, including Moms Demand Action.
According to Fox 61, O’Rourke didn’t discuss any specific policies during the event, but said he would enforce stricter gun control if elected president.
“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.
This is a death threat, Representative. Clearly, you shouldn't own an AR-15—and neither should anyone else. pic.twitter.com/jsiZmwjMDs
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 13, 2019
“My AR is ready for you Robert Francis,” Cain said in the tweet.
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.
In September, 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.