Beto O’Rourke claims Trump inspired El Paso gunman

The "shock" moment of the third Democrat presidential debate came from Beto O'Rourke, who ranted about the dangers of certain semiautomatic rifles before thundering, "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15!"

Earlier, Cain, a 34-year-old "conservative Republican" lawyer who represents a district outside of Houston, Texas, had mocked Twitter users who called his comment a threat of violence.

That is a far cry from his September 12, 2019, declaration, "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15".

The social media company is trying to foster more positive conversations on its platform, and the news about the tweet underscores the challenges Twitter faces as the 2020 campaign season heats up.

O'Rourke stated the obvious on twitter, calling it a "death threat".

The rest of Cain's Twitter account, including his response calling O'Rourke a child for labeling the tweet a "death threat", remained online Thursday night.

Another pointed out that, "Threatening to murder someone with your gun is not a great argument against having that gun taken away".

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O'Rourke confirmed to CNN Friday morning that his campaign contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Twitter about the threat.

The former tech entrepreneur said at Thursday night's debate that he is "pro-good school".

Cain didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. He says he supports Canada's and Scandinavia's policies of universal health care and offering paid family leave and a living wage, as well as wresting control over major institutions from a small number of wealthy Americans.

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh replied on Twitter that O'Rourke is "as desperate as he can be".

"I frankly think that that clip will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying Democrats are coming for your guns". According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 74 percent of Democrats support a mandatory buyback program.

Cain is a member of the Texas House of Representatives for House District 128, which covers an area east of Houston, where the debate was held.

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.

  • Sonia Alvarado