https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2022/08/11/beto-at-rally-stop-laughing-at-me-motherfr-n488985

Maybe someone should send Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke a copy of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” At a small meeting of prospective supporters, O’Rourke brought up the need for more gun control in Texas, which suggests that this took place in Austin. (I kid, I kid … kinda.)

O’Rourke took aim (SWIDT?) at the progressive bete noire AR-15 rifle, used by the shooter in Uvalde, and insisted that this had to be banned. O’Rourke argued that the AR-15 was designed for combat — falsely — and that it had been designed for use in Vietnam — again, falsely. When O’Rourke tried mimicking a combat stance to underscore both of those false points, someone in the audience understandably laughed out loud.

Beto didn’t like that much, although we can probably count on the media to eat it up:

While discussing some details of the tragedy, somebody in the crowd laughed, prompting O’Rourke to swiftly turn around.

“It may be funny to you, motherf—er,” he said, “but it’s not funny to me.”

O’Rourke earned a round of applause from the crowd for the response.

O’Rourke wasn’t discussing “details of the tragedy” when the laughter occurred, as The Hill reports. He was talking about how the AR-15 was designed to kill Charlie in ‘Nam and offering up his version of a combat stance. All of that was eminently laughable, as Beto clearly has no idea what he’s talking about here.

The rifle we know now as the AR-15 was not designed for combat — not in Vietnam, nor anywhere else. The precursor AR-10 was designed initially as a potential new military rifle in the early 1950s, but ArmaLite lost out on the contract to Springfield. They got another chance in 1957 when the Pentagon wanted to reconsider the M14. They lost again, and Armalite sold the AR-10 and a new AR-15 designs to Colt in 1959. Colt redesigned it for general military use in 1960, well before the US began any sort of combat operations in Vietnam, but that ended rather shortly thereafter. By the time the US had any significant military commitment in Vietnam, the Pentagon had chosen the M16 and Colt shifted a redesigned semi-automatic AR-15 entirely to domestic sales, including significant use by law enforcement agencies.

Millions of these rifles are already owned by Americans, who make peaceful and lawful use of them. The rifle isn’t the issue; it’s the user in Uvalde who was the issue, as well as the family, school, and law enforcement establishment there who did nothing to intervene despite a sea of red flags involving this perp.

So Beto’s history is entirely laughable, but so are his political instincts here. He’s clearly talking to a small group of supporters in this incident. What politician calls his own supporters “motherf*****s”? Rather than ask what the criticism might be, O’Rourke’s first instinct is to attack and posture himself as supremely virtuous rather than defend his argument. That’s a bad look for any politician, but especially risible for a gun-control radical stumping for office in Texas, of all places.

I’m sure that the media will try to spin this into another win for Beto, just as they tried to do with Beto’s appalling stunt in Uvalde shortly after the shooting. That will be just as laughable as Beto’s attempt to take out Charlie while arguing for taking away Texans’ guns.

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