Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said flatly yesterday that he’d “take” away military-style semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15. He’s long supported buybacks of such weapons.

The Republican talking point machine immediately began the messaging that all Democrats want to take all guns. That’s a lie, but close enough for the GOP.

It got worse. A Texas representative, Briscoe Cain, issued a Tweet that, well, judge for yourself. The FBI has been asked to take a look.

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All of which reminds me that there’s a Democratic candidate who’s managed to be elected governor in a very red western state who isn’t a fan of guns designed for mass killing. I wish Montana Gov. Steve Bullock could qualify for the debate stage. Check out his Twitter feed.