Twitter deletes 'death threat' from Texas lawmaker who targeted Beto O'Rourke

Beto O'Rourke walks next to his wife Amy Hoover Sanders and Rep. Veronica Escobar Sunday Aug. 4 2019

Beto O'Rourke's vow during the third round of Democratic presidential debates "to take your AR-15, your AK-47" if elected president appears to be a direct reversal of his stance previous year.

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. Ted Cruz (R) past year - made headlines early in the evening Thursday when he proudly announced from the debate stage: "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15".

Cain tweeted: "My AR is ready for you Robert Francis", O'Rourke's full name.

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".

"You know, I called this out in no uncertain terms on August 3rd - and every day since then - and I was talking about it long before then, as well", O'Rourke replied.

Mary González of Clint responded to Cain's original tweet by saying the state needs leaders who want to change "our culture of violence". After the attack, O'Rourke left the campaign trail to meet with victims of the shooting, and he has since delivered sharp commentary on gun control.

"When we see that being used against children", he said, "hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47". O'Rourke's hometown of El Paso also was the scene of a recent mass shooting. Many cited President Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric on immigrants and people of color for inspiring the act.

It began on the stage of the third Democratic presidential candidate's debate Thursday night.

Cain's assertion that his AR-15 was "ready" struck many as insensitive in light of the mass shootings that took place last month in El Paso and Odessa, Texas, where a gunman armed with an assault-style rifle killed seven and injured 22.

Speaking to reporters after the debate, O'Rourke said that Cain's comment "sure reads" like a death threat.

"In case you forgot, people were just killed in El Paso".

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.

He has the toughest stance on gun ownership of all the candidates and is committed to forcing owners of certain types of weapons to give them up.

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