Since the Democratic Debate on Tuesday, news pundits have been trying to pin Beto down on how, exactly, he would enforce his mandatory buyback. Even liberal CNN pundits know that criminals aren’t going to obey the law. And nearly everybody knows that not every single American who owns an AR-15 or an AK-47 is going to hand them over willingly.
But on Wednesday, Beto finally spilled the beans.
.@BetoORourke on his gun confiscation plan: “Has to be consequences” for noncompliance; "in that case I think there would be a visit by law enforcement to recover that firearm" pic.twitter.com/U5PywOgw9D
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 16, 2019
In the interview, Joe Scarborough of MSNBC described a hypothetical situation where he was a rancher in Texas who legally owned an AR-15 for hunting and self-defense. What would happen if the rancher didn’t want to give up his gun to the Federal government under Beto’s authority?
Scarborough described the scenario: “You offer other incentives, I say ‘No. I bought this legally, I’m keeping this. I live on a ranch; I need it for protection.’ What would you do then?”
Beto replied that he “wouldn’t concede the point on following the law.” He would expect an American to follow the law, even if they didn’t agree with it. He went on (as he has in so many interviews) about how we’re a country of laws and that’s what makes us different from so many other countries.
Interesting. Criminals never follow the law when they don’t agree with them. So what crime are you really going to prevent with this new law? But let’s get back to the scenario.
Scarborogh: “Let’s just assume there’s a rancher in Texas who doesn’t. He says, ‘I’m not going to do this because this is an unjust law and it’s unconstitutional.’ What’s the next step? I think that’s what we need to concede, because there will be people that don’t turn their guns back in. What’s the next step for the Federal Government?”
Beto replied, “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. So, in that case, I think there would be a visit by law enforcement to recover that firearm.”
Confiscation At Gunpoint?
There you have it, folks. Beto is going to send law enforcement door-to-door to confiscate our guns if we don’t hand them over willingly. It could be local or state police, it could be soldiers. His insistence throughout this discussion—both in debates and in multiple media interviews in recent weeks—is that if something is the law, Americans must comply.
That assumes two things: Criminals follow a shiny new law better than they’ve followed laws against murder, rape and theft in the past. And even less likely, that Americans will comply with an unjust law.
Maybe Beto’s mother never told him that if somebody makes a bad rule, you don’t have to follow it? If our insane leftist politicians pass a law requiring Americans to kill other people, we can tell them to go fly a kite. You tell us to obey a new law that says give 90% of our income to the government? Same story. Bugger off. You tell us that you’re going to take our guns away and we must obey because it’s the law?
Nah. Good luck with that when the day comes, Beta. We’re Americans. We’re free men. We obey just laws, and are happy to do so. But we don’t obey tyrants like you.