Biden takes on fire at debate from Julián Castro

Biden takes on fire at debate from Julián Castro

Biden takes on fire at debate from Julián Castro

Beto O'Rourke did something new for a major Democratic presidential candidate at Thursday night's debate when he said that he'd take "weapons of war" and certain guns away from law-abiding Americans. Cain was referring to O'Rourke by his birth name in the tweet, and AR stands for ArmaLite rifle, which references the name of the weapon's manufacturer.

A Twitter spokesperson told CNN Cain's tweet was removed because it violated the company's rules against violence and wishing harm against others.

Earlier in the debate, several of O'Rourke's fellow Democratic presidential hopefuls praised him for the support he showed for residents of his hometown of El Paso following the massacre there last month that targeted Latinos.

Later that evening, O'Rourke responded to Cain by quote-tweeting the offending post and writing, "This is a death threat, Representative".

Meanwhile, a Texas state lawmaker sent a threatening tweet, which O'Rourke reposted with the message, "Clearly, you shouldn't own an AR-15-and neither should anyone else".

Cain later responded to that, calling O'Rourke a "child".

He added: "If you own a gun, keep that gun". The Washington Post reports that O'Rourke's staffers notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the tweet. As a conservative Republican, Cain states that he supports "limited government, less regulation, increased transparency, the value of life, and traditional family values".

"To protect the privacy of people who contact the FBI, we can not confirm or deny any particular contact or the potential existence of an investigation", said Tina Jagerson, a spokeswoman for the FBI in a statement.

In response to the recent wave of gun violence stoked by white nationalism, O'Rourke has proposed an expansive plan to establish a national gun registry, a national gun licensing system, and a mandatory buyback program of assault-style rifles. Meanwhile, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang, Julián Castro, and O'Rourke vied to achieve some sort of breakout moment, primarily by offering more "free" stuff, sanctimoniously lecturing about how bad America is, or by saying outrageous things about President Donald Trump (have you heard he's a "racist"?).

Cain was elected to represent Texas House District 128 in 2016.

But it escalated an already tense atmosphere in Texas over guns after two mass shootings in August left 29 people dead.

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