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O’Rourke confronted a heckler at a campaign event Wednesday who laughed while he was talking about the Uvalde school shooting, telling the person, “It may be funny to you, mother—-er, but it is not funny to me.”
According to the Texas Tribune, the moment, which spread quickly online afterward, came as the Democratic gubernatorial challenger was hosting an evening town hall in Mineral Wells. On live broadcasts of the event, loud laughing could be heard as O’Rourke described the impact of AR-15s, dropping to a knee to emphasize what he said were the wartime capabilities of the firearm.
O’Rourke’s admonishment of the person drew sustained applause and cheers from the crowd. He quickly moved on in his stump speech, talking about wanting to keep kids safe as the school year begins.
It is unclear who exactly was laughing, but tweets from the event showed there was a group of protesters present holding campaign signs for Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. On one live broadcast, the camera panned to the group after O’Rourke’s response and showed one of them laughing.
“Nothing more serious to me than getting justice for the families in Uvalde and stopping this from ever happening again,” O’Rourke tweeted afterward.
It was not the first time O’Rourke has addressed heckling at an event while discussing gun violence. He responded less explicitly last month in Snyder, telling the person, “Might be funny to you. It isn’t to me.”
O’Rourke is on a 49-day tour of the state, and Abbott’s campaign has been organizing protests at O’Rourke stops. That has led to some tense moments — as well as some cordial moments between O’Rourke and Republicans who have shown up. He has made multiple social media posts throughout the tour showing off interactions with people who have attended the events wearing Republican gear.
Uvalde is remembered by Texans as a North Carolina district arms its schools
When the school year begins in Madison County, North Carolina, on August 22, it will come with what the county sheriff says will have enhanced safety features – AR-15 rifles. In an interview with The Asheville Citizen-Times, Sheriff Buddy Harwood said that the new measure for this school year, in collaborating with Madison County Schools, comes in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting.
Each of the six schools in the district, including three elementary schools, will have an AR-15, the sheriff said. The guns will be handled by school resource officers, who have been undergoing training at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, per CBS News.
As rampant gun violence in America continues without a federal solution to stem the deadly tide, states, cities, and school boards have been left to create their own responses to the ubiquitous threat to everyday life in the US.
Beto O’Rourke wants change as Republicans want prayer.
In response to recent mass shootings, several conservative politicians have made comments insinuating that God is the only gun reform we need.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Representative Louie Gohmert from Texas believe that had everyone just prayed more, maybe 19 students and two teachers wouldn’t have been massacred in Uvalde last month.
While Kendrick Lamar reminded us all that everybody grieves different, heckling a politician while discussing dead children speaks to the absent moral compass present in far too many of the 45th President’s racist, illogical and ill-informed supporters.