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.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=1248245
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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.

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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.

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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.

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My AR is ready for you.

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

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The platform should be renamed “Twatter.”

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

It would not stand up in court.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/25/735650814/florida-deciding-whether-to-prosecute-woman-who-turned-in-estranged-husbands-gun

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In TX, this is considered political debate.

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

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Hey Briscoe!

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and

“You’re a child Robert Francis”

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

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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.

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Forget it, Jake, it’s Texas!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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