Beto O’Rourke was interrupted at a news conference hosted by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to protest the inaction in the mass shooting, accusing state leaders of “doing nothing” in dealing with gun violence.
O’Rourke, who is trying to oust Abbott in the November election, was initially identified as a “protester” on CNN’s cable news chyron’s before it became clear who he was.
“It was completely conceivable,” he told O’Rourke, occasionally pointing a finger at the governor and a man nearby shouted at him, “Sir, you’re out of line. Please leave this auditorium.”
Authorities then kicked O’Rourke out of the auditorium, as photographers followed him.
“It’s up to you.”
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Gunmen have killed 19 students and two teachers at Rob Elementary School in Uvalade, the latest in a spate of gun violence epidemics that have engulfed the United States for decades. The response to the horrific genocide has further exposed the country’s divisions. While a man at Abbott’s press conference threatened O’Rourke not to politicize the situation, the Texas Democrat’s response indicated a feeling that it was too late to respond to the genocide shooting with thoughts and expressions of prayer.
At his press conference, Abbott called the shots “unbearable” and said “it was unacceptable for us to have someone in the state who would kill children at our school.”
“It simply came to our notice then. Families are broken. The heart is broken forever. All Texans are mourning the loss of the people, and people are justifiably angry at what has happened. “Our job is to make sure that the community is not torn apart … all they need now is our love,” he said.