Far-left Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis O'Rourke announced over the weekend that if he is elected president, he intends to confiscate tens of millions of semi-automatic firearms from law-abiding Americans.
O'Rourke made the remarks while campaigning in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday when he was asked by a reporter how he plans to address peoples' fears that the government is going to come and take many of their semi-automatic firearms.
O'Rourke responded: "I want to be really clear, that’s exactly what we are going to do. Americans who own [the technically undefinable sub-class of semi-automatic firearms referred to as "assault weapons"] will have to sell them to the government."
O'Rourke, who is barely polling above 2% in the polls, has struggled to gain any traction with his campaign after his failed Senate bid in Texas.
In May, The Daily Beast reported that opposition research requests from a top opposition research firm on O'Rourke "have completely died off."
O'Rourke has tried to use recent tragedies to relaunch his campaign and has tried using as much profanity as possible, including on national television, as a way of getting attention.
O'Rourke immediately seized on the opportunity to exploit Saturday's tragedy for political gain, taking to Twitter to promote his campaign.
"Our hearts are with Midland, Odessa, and everyone in West Texas who has to endure this again," O'Rourke tweeted. "More information is forthcoming, but here's what we know: We need to end this epidemic."
O'Rourke later tweeted: "We don't know how many have been killed. We don't know the motivation. But here's what we do know: This is fucked up."
Earlier this year, a Reuters report revealed that O'Rourke used to write fantasies about how he wanted to murder children.
"It’s unclear whether the United States is ready for a presidential contender who, as a teenager, stole long-distance phone service for his dial-up modem, wrote a murder fantasy in which the narrator drives over children on the street, and mused about a society without money," Reuters reported.
"One day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street," O'Rourke wrote. "They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles ...This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams."
"As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two," O'Rourke continued. "I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head."