Beto O’Rourke claims Trump inspired El Paso gunman

'Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15,' O'Rourke says at Democratic debate

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's campaign has contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation after a sitting Texas state representative appeared to threaten O'Rourke with his "AR" on Twitter just after the Democratic debate Thursday evening.

Twitter said Friday that it pulled down a Texas state lawmaker's tweet directed at USA presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke because it ran afoul of the site's rules against violent threats. It read, "My AR is ready for you Robert Francis".

Republican legislator Briscoe Cain's tweet was deleted by Twitter after the Democrat called it a "death threat".

When asked by ABC's "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir about whether he was proposing "taking guns" away from legal gun owners, O'Rourke said he was - particularly guns "designed to kill people on the battlefield". On Twitter, in response to O'Rourke's remarks about a death threat, Cain called the presidential candidate "a child".

O'Rourke's campaign is now selling t-shirts with the caption, "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15".

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

O'Rourke told CNN this morning that his campaign contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the Texas Republican's missive.

Beto O'Rourke has already backed mandatory buybacks for assault weapons, but at Thursday's Democratic debate, he left no ambiguity about what that would mean.

Cain didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. As a conservative Republican, Cain states that he supports "limited government, less regulation, increased transparency, the value of life, and traditional family values".

In response to thousands of people responding with anger and concern that he was threatening violence against a presidential candidate, the millennial Republican wrote, "I get ratioed in the reg", meaning that his tweets are regularly overwhelmed with a large ratio of disapproving comments.

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh replied on Twitter that O'Rourke is "as desperate as he can be".

Andrea Mitchell Reports guest Margaret Carlson, a Daily Beast columnist, argued that an assault weapons buyback is more urgent than background checks.

Cain is a member of the Texas House of Representatives for House District 128, which covers an area east of Houston, where the debate was held.

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