Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke at the third Democratic primary debate hosted by ABC News:
DAVID MUIR, ABC NEWS: I am going--I am going to work down the row here but I do want to come to Congressman O'Rourke because I know this is personal to you. El Paso is your hometown. Some on this stage have suggested a voluntary buyback for guns in this country. You have gone further. You said quote Americans who own AR-15s and AK-47s will have to sell them to the government, all of them. You know the critics call this confiscation. Are you proposing taking away their guns and how would this work?
O'ROURKE: I am if it is a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield; if they high impact high velocity round when it hits your body shreds everything inside of your body because it was designed to do that so that you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers. When we see that being used against children and in Odessa I met the mother of a 15-year-old girl who was shot by an AR-15 and that mother watched her bleed to death over the course of an hour because so many other people were shot by that AR-15 in Odessa and Midland there weren't enough ambulances to get to them in time. Hell yes we are going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.
We are not going to allow it to be used against fellow Americans anymore.
MUIR: Congressman, thank you.
O'ROURKE: I want to say this I am listening to the people of this country the day after I propose doing that I went to a gun show in Conway, Arkansas to meet with those who are selling AR-15 and AK-47s and those who are buying those weapons. And you might be surprised there was some common ground there. Folks who said I would willing give that up, cut it to pieces I don't need this weapon to hunt, to defend myself. It is a weapon of war. So let's do the right thing but let's bring everyone in America into the conversation Republicans, Democrats, gunowners and non-gunowners alike.