Beto O’Rourke explodes at rowdy who laughs at gun criticism after Uvalde: ‘It’s funny for you, mother — uh’


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Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke unleashed profanity on someone who apparently laughed as he criticized gun ownership laws after the Uvalde mass school shooting.

O’Rourke, a former US congressman and failed US Senate and presidential candidate, argued at a town hall in Mineral Wells, Texas on Wednesday as he now campaigns to oust the Republican governor of the Texas, Greg Abbott, in November. O’Rourke spoke to a small crowd about the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 children and two adults dead.

“Now 11 weeks since we’ve lost 19 children and their two teachers shot dead with a weapon originally designed for combat use – bought legally by an 18-year-old, who didn’t try to get one when he was 16 or 17, but I followed the law that was in the books, ladies and gentlemen, that you can’t buy one, but you can buy two or more if you want, AR-15,” O’Rourke said.

“Hundreds of rounds and take this weapon that was originally designed for use on the battlefields of Vietnam to penetrate an enemy soldier from 500 feet and knock them down,” O’Rourke said, briefly taking a knee and expressly pointing to the distance.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke at a campaign event in Brenham, Texas on Friday, August 5, 2022.
(Jordan Vonderhaar/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“Against children…” O’Rourke continues, before hearing laughter and turning around.

“It may be funny for you, mum, uh”, but it’s not funny for me”, he shouts to the applause of the supporters.

The crowd stands and cheers until O’Rourke continues to speak.

“We’re going to make sure our kids who are starting their school year right now don’t have to worry about someone walking into their school with a gun like this,” he said. “It would take common sense measures to find common ground – Democrats and Republicans, gun owners, non-gun owners.”

Governor Greg Abbott arrives as President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas May 29, 2022.

Governor Greg Abbott arrives as President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas May 29, 2022.
(Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)

Law enforcement’s response to the Uvalde shooting has come under intense scrutiny. According to a Texas House committee investigation, 376 law enforcement officers from various agencies responded to the school, but injured victims waited more than an hour for help until A U.S. Border Patrol tactical unit enters the classroom and kills the 18-year-old suspected shooter. , Salvador Ramos.

A 77-page investigative report released by the State House last month details how Ramos – as soon as he turned 18 about a week before the shooting – ordered 1,740 rounds of ammunition from an online retailer to be shipped to his carries a price of $1,761.50. He also ordered an AR-15 style rifle to be shipped to a gun store in Uvalde at a cost of $2,054.28. He purchased a second AR-15 style in person from the same store for $1,081.42, before returning twice to pick up more ammo and the first gun once the shipment arrived.

The investigative report released by a special committee at the Texas House included a photo of AR-15-style rifles purchased by alleged shooter Salvador Ramos days before the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The investigative report released by a special committee at the Texas House included a photo of AR-15-style rifles purchased by alleged shooter Salvador Ramos days before the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
(Texas House of Representatives)

“The gun store owner described the attacker as an ‘average customer with no ‘red flag’ or suspicious conditions – just that he was always alone and quiet,” according to the report. remembered asking how an 18-year-old could afford such purchases (guns alone were over $3,000), and the abuser simply said he had saved up.”

A background check was completed and the attacker qualified for the purchases. Ramos was reportedly teased by peers that he would one day become a school shooter.

The investigation report noted that despite the school’s five-foot-tall exterior fence and security policies adopted to lock exterior doors and interior classroom doors, there was a “culture of compliance” among the staff who opened the doors. The school administration has also “tacitly condoned” the circumvention of security protocols amid a shortage of keys for substitute teachers.

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In the aftermath of the shooting, investigators learned of Ramos’ alarming and out-of-control behavior, including several locals recalling seeing him carrying a bag of bloody dead cats. He was also said to have been driven by the lure of social media fame, began to develop a fascination with online school rape, violence and shootings, and a teacher remarked that he was the student. that she “feared the most”.

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