By Friday, video of O’Rourke’s change at a city corridor in rural Mineral Wells had drawn thousands and thousands of views on social media, changing into the newest occasion during which O’Rourke has gotten consideration for his requires stricter gun legal guidelines following one of many deadliest classroom shootings in US historical past.
O’Rourke on Wednesday was railing in opposition to how the 18-year-old gunman in Uvalde was capable of legally buy a weapon “initially designed to be used on the battlefields” and take it right into a classroom of fourth-graders. When an individual within the crowd laughed, O’Rourke paused and pointed of their course.
“It could be humorous to you, motherf—–, but it surely’s not humorous to me,” O’Rourke mentioned.
Supporters stood up and cheered.
Video exhibits a small variety of folks within the crowd had been holding indicators for Republican Governor Greg Abbott, O’Rourke’s opponent in November, although it doesn’t present who O’Rourke was particularly addressing.
Chris Evans, a marketing campaign spokesman, mentioned the city corridor continued with none additional encounters.
Nineteen kids and two academics had been killed within the Could bloodbath.
O’Rourke, who has known as for elevating the age to legally buy AR-style and different such high-powered weapons within the US to 21 years outdated, interrupted a information convention led by Abbott in Uvalde after the capturing and accused the two-term governor of not taking motion.
Gun violence has been one in every of O’Rourke’s most animated points as a candidate, together with throughout his run for president in 2019, when he mentioned, “Hell sure, we’re gonna take your AR-15” on a debate stage.
He has sought to offer a extra moderated message on firearms throughout his run for governor in gun-friendly Texas.