Beto Campaign Contacts FBI Over TX State Rep’s Threat: ‘My AR Is Ready For You’

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s campaign has contacted the FBI after a sitting Texas state representative appeared to threaten O’Rourke with his “AR” on Twitter just after the Democratic debate Thursday evening.

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This complaint will go nowhere. Threatening to kill someone with an assault weapon is as American as Mom, apple pie and Chevrolet. It is now the norm.


Yup. In Texas, that’s called a terrorist threat:

(a) A person commits an offense if he threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to:

(1) cause a reaction of any type to his threat by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;

(2) place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;

(3) prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a building, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has access, place of employment or occupation, aircraft, automobile, or other form of conveyance, or other public place;

(4) cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power supply or other public service;

(5) place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury; or

(6) influence the conduct or activities of a branch or agency of the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision of the state.

(b) An offense under Subsection (a)(1) is a Class B misdemeanor.

© An offense under Subsection (a)(2) is a Class B misdemeanor, except that the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense:

(1) is committed against a member of the person’s family or household or otherwise constitutes family violence; or

(2) is committed against a public servant.

(c-1) Notwithstanding Subsection ©(2), an offense under Subsection (a)(2) is a state jail felony if the offense is committed against a person the actor knows is a peace officer or judge.

(d) An offense under Subsection (a)(3) is a Class A misdemeanor, unless the actor causes pecuniary loss of $1,500 or more to the owner of the building, room, place, or conveyance, in which event the offense is a state jail felony.

(e) An offense under Subsection (a)(4), (a)(5), or (a)(6) is a felony of the third degree.

(f) In this section:

(1) “Family” has the meaning assigned by Section 71.003, Family Code .

(2) “Family violence” has the meaning assigned by Section 71.004, Family Code .

(3) “Household” has the meaning assigned by Section 71.005, Family Code .

(g) For purposes of Subsection (d), the amount of pecuniary loss is the amount of economic loss suffered by the owner of the building, room, place, or conveyance as a result of the prevention or interruption of the occupation or use of the building, room, place, or conveyance.


The FBI agents tasked with interviewing Cain will be yukking it up and talking about this week’s game against the Cowboys by the time their talk is winding down.


My AR is ready for you.

It’s the part of him that’s most ready, anyway.


The platform should be renamed “Twatter.”


It is a veiled threat subject to interpretation, but it is not a direct unambiguous threat.

It would not stand up in court.


I’m sure the rep will use the classic response, “ I was just joking” and complain Beto has no sense of humor.


Sadly true, but the best way to change that is to start calling it out.

And for the next Dem admin to have the FBI investigate each and every instance.


I’m sure that Mr. Cain only meant that he is ready to turn in his assault weapon once the ban and buyback become law.


It’s probably misguided to think law enforcement is on the side of people under threat of violence.

See: Every black person in the nation. Wives. LGBT. Immigrants.


In TX, this is considered political debate.


The deliberate use of “Robert Francis” has a particularly chilling effect.


Hey Briscoe!



“You’re a child Robert Francis”

Great burn! What next? “Your barn door is open! Hahah made you look!”


The same folks that seem to have a need for an AR also seem to need to have a need to make threats of violence.


Forget it, Jake, it’s Texas!


I’m not naive enough to expect the FBI to take these seriously.

However, they will have to at least contact the person who made the threat. If making a violent threat with a gun gets you at least a call from the FBI, that’ll make some people think twice before doing it.


One wants to be slightly impressed that he knew enough to make the connection.


Its Texas. That means Cain will get away with it because Republicans are above the law.


This is so wrong and probably nothing will be done. But, if someone were to say this to tRump, willing to bet the person would be arrested.