As Lawdog so eloquently put it, he should've said, "Nobody's coming to take your guns." And said it polite enough that the "you paranoid, cousin-humping redneck" postscript remained unheard.
Instead he let the cat out of the bag on national TV.
None of this is new. Confiscation's been a Dem end goal since the early 90's. I've got a quote collection going back that far of essentially every prominent Democrat since Desert Storm saying so. Beto just did so with the cameras rolling and where nobody can deny it.
I've already pointed out for years that believing "nobody's coming" is a sign of being dense, deluded, or duped. He's just made it easier to point out.
Am I particularly worried about him? No. The man can't take 3% of the Democrat vote, I'm not worried about his ability to forcibly violate the constitution.
Nor do I care about the so-called threat he received.
One, when you're declaring that you'll steal by force, you're the aggressor.
Two, a conditional warning based off said theft by force ain't a threat. Cry me a river.
(current prediction: the fbi at best will give a finger-waving scolding to the Texan cross between Sheriff Joe and Vermin Supreme that made the tweet in the first place, and Twitter will permaban another thousand conservatives, because why not?)
I'm more worried that there's no major party left willing to stand up to this stupidity.
I could point out that Beto's words are going to be a right-wing talking point for years. Not only his words, but the fact that nobody on that stage said a word or lifted a finger to contradict him. And the crowd cheered him on like he scored a fucking touchdown.
There's an ugly, nasty part of me that thinks Trump may have won a second term right there without even being in the room.
Not that Trump is anything resembling a friend of 2A, for all that the crumbling remnants of the NRA's leadership kiss his ass. Where's my universal CCW? Where's my hearing protection act? Why is the ATF being allowed to suddenly change the definition of fully automatic by executive fiat on his watch? Why were bump stocks thrown out with the stroke of a pen and nothing gained?
And now he's apparently got some gun control proposals of his own in the mix, although nobody's sure of what they'll actually be.
At best, he hangs around long enough to nominate another justice liberal enough to throw out the old bathwater but conservative enough not to throw out the entire nursery with it.
At worst... it's too early in the day for me to start drinking, I don't want to contemplate it.