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AUSTIN, Texas – Beto O’Rourke stated Saturday that he does not remorse confronting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and different officers in Uvalde, precisely 4 months after a gunman shot and killed 19 youngsters and two academics at Robb Elementary Faculty.
The Democratic candidate within the Texas gubernatorial race interrupted a press convention sooner or later after the capturing, telling Abbott and others who had been briefing the group that they had been “doing nothing” to cease future massacres.
On Saturday, O’Rourke once again criticized Abbott for attending a marketing campaign fundraiser about 300 miles from Uvalde simply hours after the capturing.
“Not till the following day does he present up in Uvalde, and the primary phrases out of his mouth… He stated, ‘It may have been worse,’ to these households of these youngsters,” O’Rourke stated Saturday on the Texas Tribune Competition in Austin.
“So no, I don’t remorse being there. I wished to struggle for these families in Uvalde, for our households throughout the state. The very best time to cease the following college capturing is true now, and which means at a minimal, elevating the age of buy for an AR-15 to 21 years.”
The confrontation was instantly criticized by different officers, with Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin calling O’Rourke a “sick son of a b—- that will come to a deal like this to make a political concern.”
Abbott informed KENS in July that whereas on the fundraiser, which befell about 300 miles east of Uvalde in Huntsville, he maintained “contact always with both my workplace or with the Texas Department of Public Safety” to ensure “we had been getting all the data that wanted to be obtained.”
“After which, importantly, I utterly shut down my marketing campaign altogether, and did nothing however concentrate on the folks of Uvalde,” Abbott informed the information outlet.
O’Rourke has made gun reform the centerpiece of his marketing campaign in opposition to Abbott. Final month, he exploded at a heckler who began laughing whereas the Democratic candidate criticized Texas’ gun legal guidelines.
“It might be humorous to you, mother—-er, nevertheless it’s not humorous to me,” O’Rourke shouted through the city corridor in Mineral Wells.
O’Rourke, who served as a U.S. Congressman representing elements of West Texas earlier than shedding to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 and launching a failed 2020 presidential bid, is an underdog candidate in opposition to Abbott within the November gubernatorial election.
“The truth that youngsters in Texas began this college 12 months, final month, no higher protected in opposition to an lively shooter than these children in Uvalde on the finish of Might is an indictment not simply on Greg Abbott, however on all of us till we do one thing about it and alter it,” O’Rourke stated Saturday. “One of the best ways to alter that’s to win this election on November 8.”