CNN guest host Dana Bash asked Beto O’Rourke about gun control as they discussed a recent mass shooting in Odessa, Texas. On Saturday, seven people were killed in the west Texas city as a gunman drove through the streets in broad daylight opening fire on civilians. There were also 27 other people injured.
This beautiful 17 month old baby girl, Anderson Davis, was shot in the face with an AR-15 today in Odessa, Texas.— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) September 1, 2019
For what? FOR WHAT?!
5 were people killed, 21 injured in another mass shooting, in ANOTHER WHITE MALE DOMESTIC TERRORIST ATTACK
LOOK AT HER! SHE IS A BABY 💔 pic.twitter.com/Eoj5l8AQ5v
This follows the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, last month where a man opened fire in a Walmart. These are just the recent mass shootings in Texas, O’Rourke’s state, so it’s not surprising that he is emotional when it comes to the topic.
When given a chance to speak, O’Rourke has some fiery words on the issue.
“The rhetoric that we’ve used, the thoughts and prayers that you just referred to, it has done nothing to stop the epidemic of gun violence, to protect our kids, our families, our fellow Americans in public places,” O’Rourke said. “One or two a day all over this country, 100 killed daily in the United States of America. We’re averaging about 300 mass shootings a year.
“So yes, this is f**ked up. If we don’t call it out for what it is, if we’re not able to speak clearly, if we’re not able to act decisively, we’ll continue to have this kind of bloodshed in America.”
O’Rourke added that he “cannot accept” things as they stand. He continued:
“We’re going to speak as defiantly and as strongly as we can but we’re also going to take action. Universal background checks, red flag laws, into the sales of weapons of war and buying those AK-47s and AR-15s back so they cannot be used against our fellow Americans.”
This statement comes along with the news that as of September first, the laws around gun control n Texas have become even looser. A bill has even gone into effect that prevents school districts from “regulating the manner in which a licensed person’s handgun, firearm, or ammunition is stored in their vehicle in a school parking area,” according to The Hill.
Profanity is not the f-bomb. What is profane is a 17 month-old baby being shot in the face. pic.twitter.com/mUuK12Rxbp— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 1, 2019
The 86th Texas Legislature that made these decisions adjourned in May, before the recent shootings, but not before America became the way it is. The new laws would always have been bad timing because they reduce restrictions that keep people safe. If only every politician was as mad about that as O’Rourke.