Beto O’Rourke and his supporters do not know it yet, or are unwilling to admit it to themselves, but the Beto O’Rourke presidential campaign just ended. It all comes down to gun control. The problem is not whether gun control is necessary but whether the U.S. electorate is willing to support gun control.

It sounds nice to people when Beto yells he is coming to take away your AR-15s and AK-47s. It is what many want. As nice as it sounds and as doable as it seems, the sad fact is that the U.S. electorate won’t vote for taking guns away from people.

The sad reality that gun control advocates need to understand is that the electorate does not support gun control.

The boogeyman is the National Rifle Association. Many believe that if the NRA did not exist, that gun control would magically happen.

The National Rifle Association is funded by people who want guns. United States elections are run by money. Don’t pretend otherwise, especially if you donate to political campaigns.

Money runs political power in the United States.

The NRA is just an expression of the power of political money.

Here is the other sad truth. The U.S. electorate is lazy. Many publicly advocate, even demand gun control, but how many of them vote?

Not many.

The evidence is that gun control isn’t politically feasible. Gun control will never be feasible in the U.S. until one of two things happens.

The first is that political money is taken out of the equation.

That is unlikely.

The second is that U.S. voters, especially those who are demanding gun control actually show up en masse at the ballot box. That takes us back to U.S. lazy voters.

Now here is the worst part of the whole Beto gun argument – it is his own party, the Democrats, that will make sure he never makes it to the ballot box.


Simple, the Democrats are fixated on winning the presidency. To do so they need to get the lazy voters to vote. They need to engage as many voters as possible, including those that own AR-15s and AK-47s.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...