13 September 2019 – Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has reported Briscoe Cain to the FBI for tweeting the threat ‘my AR’s ready for you.’
O’Rourke said he wanted to get semi-automatic weapons of the type used in scores of American gun massacres out of public hands.
As reported in several news outlets, Mr Cain responded to this call by tweeting to Mr O’Rourke: “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis.”
Mr O’Rourke responded: “This is a death threat, Representative. Clearly, you shouldn’t own an AR-15 – and neither should anyone else.”
The tide is turning against semi-automatic weapons across the country, with some 100 major US companies demanding Congress takes action in a letter sent earlier this week.
Mr Cain is rated by several organisations as being one of the most conservative elected representatives in the country, and he is also attached to the far right, religiously-intolerant, anti-gay group Operation_Save_America.
In 2018, police were called to remove Mr Cain from the state Democratic convention after he showed up with a pistol and pro-gun pamphlets, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Mr O’Rourke has made gun control a key plank of his White House campaign since 22 people were killed in a rampage at a Walmart in El Paso last month.
The offensive tweet was removed by Twitter for its threatening content.
Please contact Beto O’Rourke through one of the channels below and give him the following message, personalized to your liking:
I want you to know I applaud your brave stand to get semi-automatic weapons out of civilian hands. We know from scores of massacres that these weapons are used time and time again to kill innocent people swiftly , often in huge numbers. I am with you and every candidate who opposes the NRA and with the businesses who wrote to Congress demanding action on this issue.
I wholly condemn the threatening message sent to you by Briscoe Cain, and support you in reporting this credible threat made by a man who in 2018, had to be removed by police from the state Democratic convention after he showed up with a pistol and pro-gun pamphlets. It is bad enough that extremists threaten our elected representatives, but his conduct is particularly shocking as he is an attorney and an elected representative himself. If he cannot respect the law, he has no business being in office.
As a member of One Pulse for America, the gun-reform group formed after the Pulse nightclub tragedy, I thank you for standing up despite the threats and intimidations. I will be watching the FBI and if they do not act, I will be demanding that they do.
For Twitter: Thank you Beto for taking a much-needed stand on semi-automatic weapons – your crude critic Briscoe Cain just proves that the immature have weapons they shouldn’t. No one needs a semi- or automatic weapon.
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