Texas Democratic Gubernatorial Candidateinterrupted Texas Governor Greg Abbott during a press conference in Uvalde after the which killed 19 children and two adults.
Abbott said he would pass the microphone to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick when O’Rourke stood up. “You don’t do anything,” O’Rourke said, adding that the shooting was “totally predictable” because gun laws weren’t tightened following other shootings in the state.
Patrick told O’Rourke to “sit down…you’re out of place in an awkward encounter” and called on O’Rourke to leave the auditorium.
“I can’t believe you’re a sick ab**** son to come to a place like this to make a political issue,” Patrick yelled at O’Rourke.
Law enforcement officers appeared to escort O’Rourke out of the press conference afterwards. CBS News’ Janet Shamalian said it looked like some people had reserved seats for O’Rourke.
After O’Rourke was escorted away, Abbott did not address the incident directly but called for unity, saying “every Texan, every American has a responsibility that we need to focus on not on ourselves- our selves and our agendas, but we need to focus on the healing and the hope we can offer to those who have suffered unconscionable harm to their life and death.”
“We need all Texans right now to figure out their personal agendas, think of someone other than ourselves, think of someone who’s been hurt, and help someone who’s been hurt,” he continued.
After O’Rourke left, he told reporters, “those kids died because the governor of the state of Texas, the most powerful man in the state, chose not to do anything. To do”.
“After every single one of them he holds a press conference like this – and I wish to hell when he came to El Paso that someone would stand up and hold him accountable and confront him and shock conscience of this state by doing something,” O’Rourke said. “Because if we don’t do something, we will continue to see this. Year after year, school after school, child after child. It’s up to all of us, each one of us to do something about it.”
During his failed presidential run in 2019, O’Rourke was a strong advocate for gun control measures. A former congressman, O’Rourke represented El Paso, where a.
After this shoot,during a presidential debate, “Hell yes, we take your guns” about the AR-15s. Abbott and other law enforcement officials said Wednesday that the Uvalde shooter .
Before O’Rourke’s interruption, Abbott called for solutions to the mental health crisis at Uvalde, although he also said the shooter had no known history of mental illness. Abbott said local officials told him that “we have a mental health issue, an illness, in this community.”