Middle Schooler Asks Beto O’Rourke About Gun Control

An emotional middle schooler in Iowa asked presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke how he plans to keep students safe from school shootings. He laid out a three-step plan.

An emotional middle school asked Beto O’Rourke about his plans for school safety.

O’Rourke joins other 2020 candidates who are now tougher on gun-control than ever before. O’Rourke laid out three steps he would take to curtail gun violence. The school girl states asks what actions towards solutions are being taken to protect her fellow classmates from this epidemic? Society is becoming numb to children being slaughtered. Victims and survivors aren’t just numbers. They are human beings. There has been little to no effort put forth by the government to protect schools, youth, and teachers from these disgusting acts of violence that is becoming an epidemic in America.

“Almost one week ago there was a school shooting at U.N.C. Charlotte in North Carolina. Riley Howell died protecting his peers from the shooter. Unfortunately, the death of students and faculty aren’t the only problems going on. Surviving a school shooting can give victims PTSD and survivor’s guilt.

“You’re forcing people in power to do the right thing right now. You’re right, there’s no reason, no explained reason that we lose more than 30,000 of our fellow Americans to gun violence every year. And there is a way for us to change this. Those states that adopted universal background checks without exceptions have seen a near 50 percent reduction in gun violence. As president, I want to make sure that we do this for every state, every single person with weapons of war, or the derivatives of weapons of war. These were weapons that were designed, engineered solely by the United States military because they’re really good at killing people very effectively, very efficiently, and in very great numbers. That’s exactly what they do. When those weapons are trained against defenseless human beings, people, kids in our schools… the results are as you just described.”

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says his personal use and ownership of firearms taught him the responsibility of having guns and can help bridge politically fraught discussions about gun control in the U.S. The former Texas congressman told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday in Las Vegas that he inherited guns belonging to his great uncle, who had taught him how to handle a firearm responsibly. He says he and his wife, Amy, who grew up on a New Mexico ranch and used guns, made sure their children also knew how to safely handle firearms.

O'Rourke said he'd like to use his personal experience and the traditions of gun ownership in his home state of Texas to "lead the country on sensible gun safety policy" that reduces violence.


05/07/2019 10:00 PMupdated: 05/07/2019 10:07 PM
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  • Brut
    05/07/2019 22:01

    "When are we going to get an actual policy from you instead of just platitudes and nice stories?" That's the question posed to Beto O'Rourke by a student during a recent campaign stop in Pennsylvania. This is what he said.

  • Michael C.
    05/07/2019 22:04

    No what law is going to stop a criminal who doesnt abide by them in the first place

  • James D.
    05/07/2019 22:07

    Fake asf

  • Ricky S.
    05/07/2019 22:09

    thats not the right reply

  • Michael Y.
    05/07/2019 22:17

    Fake crying isn't her acting strong point.

  • Lance L.
    05/07/2019 22:32

    Just had another shooting at a school in Douglas County Colorado about two hours ago. 😨😨

  • Tim L.
    05/07/2019 22:44

    I hoped these younger generation will show us the way to a better society than what present government is doing (nothing actually).

  • Tim L.
    05/07/2019 22:48

    New Zealand gun banned in 26 days. This is how much gun's lobbyist controls our government.

  • Janell M.
    05/07/2019 23:08

    Beto neither confirmed her fears, showed compassion, nor answered the question. His 3/5 card answer was cliched and not convincing. He also gave a RahRah for Tx gun folks.

  • Harry R.
    05/07/2019 23:36


  • Rokahn C.
    05/07/2019 23:46

    How about you stop bullying the crazy kids

  • Elizabeth T.
    05/08/2019 01:07

    Do you know why people like to shoot up schools so much these days? It’s because they have all been deemed gun free zones, so now bad guys know they can walk into any school armed and uncontested. Schools (usually private schools) that allow armed faculty/staff ARE NOT TARGETED for this type of violence. It is a deterrent. Even a crazy person will avoid a target they know will shoot them down before they ever get in the door. This ridiculous “gun free zone” crap is writing these crazed mass shooters an open ticket to come on in and shoot up the place. Do you not understand that? It is impossible to get guns away from criminals entirely. They are criminals and will find a way. More guns in the hands of LAW ABIDING citizens, however, factually results in less crime. This is proven fact based on empirical evidence.

  • John M.
    05/08/2019 01:29

    Veto "Beto!"

  • Bonnie S.
    05/08/2019 02:01

    How Disgusting to Use Kids And violence for Politics gain .

  • Antony M.
    05/08/2019 04:01

    Gun control wont stop CRIMINALS!! I dont know how many times I have to say this. Almost every single shooting happens in gun free zones!! Also states with the toughest gun control laws have problems too!

  • Jose L.
    05/08/2019 04:55

    Sometimes America, you disgust me.

  • Olga S.
    05/08/2019 09:16

    Love this man.

  • Villarreal B.
    05/08/2019 14:22


  • Dixie M.
    05/08/2019 16:06

    Not nearly enough

  • David T.
    05/08/2019 18:13

    Yeah because you know criminals always obey the laws 🙄🙄🙄