Beto O’Rourke Interrupts Texas Gov. Abbott’s Press Conference

Beto O'Rourke

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Republican) held a press conference on the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school mass shooting in his state, Axios reports. Gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke (Democrat) confronted Abbott at the press conference, yelling, “You’re offering us nothing!” 

Standing up at the event in the crowd, O’Rourke yelled: “You are doing nothing. You are offering up nothing. You said this was not predictable. This was totally predictable when you choose not to do anything.” 

He was kicked out of the press conference immediately after. 

After O’Rourke interjected, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fellow Republican to Abbott, told O’Rourke to “sit down.” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he was “out of line” and an “embarrassment.” 

But online, O’Rourke is being celebrated for standing up to Republican lawmakers who do nothing about gun control. 

O’Rourke yelled “this is on you” at Abbott and other officials as he was being escorted out. 

After he was removed from the event, Beto O’Rourke spoke again, saying there America needs to take action immediately, and that something can and should be done right now. He said that if the country continues to accept gun violence, “it is on us.” 

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

O’Rourke has been extremely critical of Abbott for his support of gun rights. 

After there was a shooting in 2019 in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman killed 23 people and injured 23 others, Abbott promised to do “everything we can” to make sure another shooting did not happen again. 

They were empty promises. He and other legislators loosened state gun laws soon after. 

Last year, Abbott passed legislation that allows all people in Texas to carry a concealed gun without even a license or a permit. 

Tomorrow, the Abbott and Cruz will attend a National Rifle Association (NRA) gun rally in Texas. 

Former President Donald Trump will also be in attendance. Guns will not be allowed into his speaking event. 

People are calling for Abbott and the NRA to cancel the event, saying it is beyond cruel to attend a pro-gun rally right after a mass shooting at a nearby elementary school. 

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