Evan Todd, a survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, laid into Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke over his gun confiscation plan Monday, calling it “dangerous.”
“I went out to hear Beto speak and if I got the opportunity to ask him where he drew the line as far as his gun confiscation plans, and I wanted to phrase it in a way that allowed him to speak his mind and he did,” Todd said during an appearance on Fox News.
“And in the end it showed that he really is open to pretty much banning and confiscating nearly all firearms.”
“So what does that say to you?” Fox’s Steve Doocy asked.
“Well, to me, it’s insulting and dangerous. I think it’s something that you are removing the means of protection from millions and millions of law-abiding Americans. I think his ban is misplaced, it goes after the wrong people and wrong issues,” he said, continuing, “The law-abiding citizens in this country aren’t the problem. There’s an element that is a problem. And I think we need to address the realities of mental health and other issues. And the reality that there is evil in this world…but not disarming people.”
Todd asked O’Rourke about his gun confiscation plan during an event in Aurora, Colorado last week.
Many mistakenly assumed that he was in favor of gun control due to the phrasing of his question. Todd is in fact very pro-Second Amendment.
Beto’s criteria is if the “weapon was designed to kill people…”
That’s code for “we will confiscate ALL guns.” pic.twitter.com/lT4wHGugr3
— NRA (@NRA) September 20, 2019
The Texas politician has made anti-gun policies a big part of his message in recent weeks, alienating even some Democrats.
In the last week, both Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin have distanced themselves from O’Rourke’s mandatory gun confiscation plan. (RELATED: Woman Confronts Rep. Beto O’Rourke Over His Anti-Gun Policies: ‘Hell No You’re Not’ Taking My Gun)