After Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said on the campaign trail that AR-15 rifle sales should be banned in the United States, Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth suggested Americans go out and stock up on the firearms, according to Newsweek.
O’Rourke said on Friday that America should no longer “sell any more weapons of war,” which included the AR-15.
"If you own an AR-15, keep it. Continue to use it responsibly and safely," he said. "I just don't think that we need to sell anymore weapons of war into this public."
On Monday, Hegseth urged people to go out and purchase the guns.
"If I own an AR-15, stocks of gun companies probably will go up after things like this,” he said. “Responsible gun owners recognize their right to own rifles like that. You can use "weapons of war" or 'assault ban' all you want."
"This will appeal to his base, young people who are uninformed about the difference between an automatic and semi-automatic rifle,” Hegseth added. “But, go out and get your second AR-15 today. Maybe it's a good reason to do so."
O’Rourke criticized the sale of the rifle, saying they “blow a hole in your back the size of an orange” and leave victims to “bleed to death” before help can arrive, arguing that this is “exactly what it was designed to do.”
Newsweek noted that researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) found last year that shooters using semi-automatic rifles “double their chances of wounding and killing victims, in comparison to another type of gun,” after studying about 200 active shooter incidents in the United States.