Today, Twitter removed a tweet from a Republican state lawmaker from Texas for threatening the life of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, following remarks he made about gun reform during Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.
"Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15", Mr O'Rourke, a former Democratic Texas congressman, said on the debate stage in Houston.
Fox News quoted an exchange between O'Rourke's and Hasty that began with the host saying, "I own an AR-15".
Mr O'Rourke responded: "Clearly, you shouldn't own an AR-15 - and neither should anyone else".
Cain later responded to that, calling O'Rourke a "child".
"When we see that being used against children and in Odessa, I met the mother of a 15-year-old girl who was shot by an AR-15. My sons and I have gone skeet shooting and hunting and, frankly, I don't think having our presidential candidates, like congressman O'rourke did, say that we're going to try and take people's guns against their will is a wise either policy or political move". O'Rourke's staff reported they were seeing record online fund-raising numbers in the wake of his comments. He had previously supported banning the sale of new AR-15 rifles but stopped short of advocating for taking existing guns out of circulation, telling talk radio station KFYO in 2018, "If you purchased that AR-15, if you own it, keep it, continue to use it responsibly". In that massacre, a white gunman targeting Hispanic people used an AK-47 to fatally shoot 22 people in an El Paso Walmart. At Thursday night's primary debate, he said "hell yes" he would take those guns. Many cited President Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric on immigrants and people of color for inspiring the act.
A white nationalist killed 22 people and wounded about two dozen others in the August 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.
Cain is a lawyer who was first elected in 2016 and is part of the small Freedom Caucus in the Texas House that represents the GOP's most socially conservative wing. "People were murdered. The language you are using and the way you are using it is unsafe".
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.