South Bend, Indiana Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg had a verbal tussle with fellow candidate Beto O’Rourke of Texas during the latest Democratic primary debate held on Tuesday.
At one point during the event, Buttigieg, who has slammed O’Rourke’s gun buyback proposal saying it could hurt the Democratic Party’s appeal with moderates — he’s right on that one — told the former Texas representative, “I don’t need lessons from you on courage.”
Here’s more on this from Fox News:
The two candidates have jabbed at each other in recent weeks over their differences on combating gun violence – and specifically on the merits of the mandatory assault weapons buyback program championed by O’Rourke.Trending:
Asked by the moderators at the debate at Otterbein University in Ohio how he would enforce his plan, O’Rourke answered that he expected “my fellow Americans to follow the law.”
Buttigieg, who’s criticized O’Rourke’s proposal a “shiny object” that distracts from implementing gun control steps that enjoy widespread support, argued that O’Rourke’s answer showed a lack of clarity on whether a mandatory gun buyback program could work.
Buttigieg went on to say, “we cannot wait for purity tests…we have to just get something done.”
“This is not a purity test,” O’Rourke said in response to Buttigieg’s criticism. He emphasized that if the federal government were to take steps to ban assault weapons, the next logical thing to do would be to remove those weapons from the streets.
A lot of individuals who watched the exchange noted that it seemed to be much more personal than political, noting the bad blood between the two men.
Buttigieg has crafted a plan he believes will curb gun violence by calling for universal background checks, the implementation of “red flag” gun laws, and banning the sales of assault weapons along with high capacity magazines.
O’Rourke, who seems to be perpetually at the bottom of the polls, has tried adopting gun control as his pet issue to help drum up support for his campaign, but it doesn’t really seem to be paying off.