Beto O’Rourke is pandering for political votes by misusing the murders of citizens by killers using assault weapons to kill. Either Beto knows that his call for taking assault weapons from the hands of U.S. voters is impossible or he just doesn’t care. This proves that Beto is only trying to garner votes. The fact is that assault weapons in America is a fact. They cannot be magically eradicated from the country.

There is a difference between banning assault weapons, which has happened before, and taking them away from the voters. When an assault weapons ban is imposed, the sale of assault weapons is prohibited. It is not stopped as proven by rampant illicit drug sales, but at least they are more difficult to purchase.

A ban on the sale of assault weapons is doable.

A demand, including a legal one, for U.S. citizens to voluntarily turn in their rifles to the government is a nonstarter. Whether one believes, or not, that an assault weapon is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution is immaterial. Americans rebel when threatened with confiscations.

Should, in the likely event, Beto succeed in imposing a mandatory buy-back of assault weapons, the first thing that will happen is that extensive litigation would ensue delaying the buy-back program for years. At the very least, Beto’s first term would be spent on litigation. Assuming, again unlikely, that the Supreme Court rules it as constitutional, the only assault weapons that would be turned in are those by law-abiding citizens.

The criminals will not turn in their guns.

It is the criminals that commit heinous acts with guns.

Any rational voter knows these inconvenient facts.

Beto O’Rourke either knows it or doesn’t care.

Thus, he is pandering for votes on an issue that is unattainable.

But the issue of gun murders needs to be addressed. Is there a viable way to do so?

Yes, go after the consumable part of guns – bullets.

Bullets kill people. Guns need bullets to work.

Want to control gun murders? Go after the bullets. Stop the sale of bullets and regulate the ones already on the streets. As soon as this consumable becomes unavailable or highly regulated, the availability of gun used to killing begins to diminish.

It won’t end gun killers, but it will make it harder. Isn’t that what an assault gun ban is supposed to do?

If Beto O’Rourke was serious about gun control, he would be peddling bullet control instead of the non-starter bid to take guns away from U.S. voters.

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...