June 29, 2022



Beto O’Rourke gives impassioned speech asking Texans to stand up to state leaders after Uvalde school shooting

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After interrupting and being thrown out of a Wednesday press conference led by Gov. Greg Abbott to address Tuesday’s deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, former El Paso congressman Beto O’Rourke gave impassioned responses to reporters in the street asking Texans to demand change from their leaders

“We can do something right now, but if we continue to accept this, then it is on us. It is not just the governor’s fault,” O’Rourke said. “I’m not going to accept it, so I’m here.”

The 2022 Democratic candidate challenging Abbott in November was ushered out of the presser by police officers after approaching the governor and telling him the shooting was “predictable” and accusing him of “doing nothing” to stop mass shootings in the state.

Speaking outside the press conference, O’Rourke asked “all Texans of good conscience” to push politicians to pass proposed laws that would make it more difficult for mass shootings like the one that occurred Tuesday at Robb Elementary, in which 19 students and two teachers were killed by a lone gunman.

“I could care less whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat or independent,” O’Rourke said. “[I’m asking you] to stand up right now for yourself, for your kids, for our families, and to stop the next shooting just like this one.”

O’Rourke went on to list four different pieces of gun control legislation he believes would help prevent future school shootings. The proposals include banning the sale of assault rifles, requiring universal background checks, adopting red flag laws and safe storage.

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“Those are four solutions that have been brought up by the people of Texas,” O’Rourke said. “Each one of those has broad bipartisan support right now. We could get that done right now if we had a governor who cared more about the people of Texas than his own political career or his fealty to the NRA.”

Abbott’s challenger noted that the governor has an upcoming appearance at an NRA convention in Houston on Saturday. Abbott did not say when asked on Wednesday if he would attend the NRA event, and the governor himself had words for O’Rourke after his interruption.

“Think about the people that are hurt,” Abbott told reporters, stating that O’Rourke should “put aside personal agendas and think of somebody other than ourselves.”

In his outdoor speech, O’Rourke said it is people close to him who drove him to speak out at the press conference.

“I’ve got three kids that are in high school, middle school and elementary school. [Gun control] is what they want,” O’Rourke said. “And I face their judgement.” 

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