After Beto O’Rourke vowed to ban assault rifles like the AR-15, Texas State Rep. Briscoe Cain tweeted “My AR is ready for you” as a response to the presidential candidate on Thursday night.

During the Democratic presidential debates on Thursday in Houston, Texas, O’Rourke a former congressman, was asked about a call he made for a ban on military weapons, something that has been a central part of O’Rourke’s campaign since an August 3 shooting in his hometown of El Paso leaving 22 people killed.

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” said O’Rourke “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.” Although the Texas native’s comments garnered arguably the biggest applause of the night, there was some push back when he repeated the same sentiments on Twitter.

Cain tweeted, “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis,” referring to the presidential candidates given name, to which O’Rourke responded by calling the comments a “death threat.” Cain’s tweet was taken down for violating the company’s terms of service, a spokesperson for Twitter said it violated their rules on “threats of violence.” The O’Rourke campaign reported the tweets to the FBI.

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Multiple politicians criticized Cain for his response to O’Rourke. A Democratic Texas representative  tweeted that Cain’s comments are nothing new to hear from Republicans in Texas politics saying the “Normal reaction in #txlege would be roughly: “Yep. He does that. He don’t know no better. Whatcha gonna do?”

Since Cain was banned from Twitter, he then took to Facebook to defend his tweets saying he was just referencing the popular slogan “Come and take it.”


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