Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Politics

Texas school shooting: Beto O’Rourke to protest outside of Houston NRA convention

Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke announced Thursday that he will attend a rally “against gun violence” outside the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) convention in Houston on Friday.

“This massacre and the too many others before it are totally predictable, direct consequences of the choices made by Greg Abbott and the majority of those in the Texas legislature,” a page for the event said. “There will be more Uvaldes, El Pasos, Sutherland Springs, and Santa Fes until we decide to put the lives of our kids ahead of the political careers of gun lobby politicians like Greg Abbott.” 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, against whom O’Rourke is running, canceled his in-person attendance at the convention and will instead be in Uvalde on Friday. He made pre-taped remarks to be shown at the convention.

“Action is the antidote to despair,” O’Rourke tweeted while inviting people to the demonstration that says it seeks to hold the “NRA and the politicians they purchase accountable.”

TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATES

O’Rourke disrupted an Abbott press conference on Wednesday in which the governor was giving updates on the shooting.

UVALDE, TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: TIMELINE OF MASSACRE THAT LEFT AT LEAST 19 CHILDREN, 2 TEACHERS DEAD

Democrat Beto O'Rourke, who is running against Greg Abbott for governor in 2022, interrupts a news conference headed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in Uvalde, Texas Wednesday, May 25, 2022. 

He told the governor shootings in the state are “on you until you choose to do something different.” He was escorted from the event. Republican officials heavily criticized him.

HUSBAND OF TEACHER SLAIN IN UVALDE SHOOTING SUFFERS A FATAL HEART ATTACK: REPORTS 

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, a Republican who was sitting by Abbott at the time, called O’Rourke a “sick son of a b—-” as the Democrat walked out.

Convention attendees line up at the registration booth at the NRA Annual Meeting held at the George R. Brown Convention Center Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Black Lives Matter Houston and March for Our Lives, an organization started by the Parkland shooting survivors, are among the groups joining O’Rourke at the rally.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

Politics

FIRST ON FOX: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, one of the front-runners for the Republican Senate nomination in his state’s open seat race, touts...

Europe

“High or very high-altitude platforms have a lot of benefit for their endurance on station, maneuverability and also flexibility for multiple payloads,” said Tom...

United States

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s election czar delivered a message to the American ambassador: The Mexican president was mounting an all-out assault on the national...

Europe

After decades of tireless efforts to secure women’s and girls’ fundamental sexual and reproductive rights, we have witnessed an anti-women backlash sweep through the...

Technology

The European Union is taking steps to make sure it doesn’t miss out on the next tech wave — but it may not be...

United States

WASHINGTON — When inflation surged in the late 1970s, President Jimmy Carter convened his top economic advisers for weekly lunch meetings in which they...

Europe

LONDON — A former top U.K. official has accused Boris Johnson of not telling the truth when the prime minister said he was not aware...

United States

Ms. Capito has argued that coal-fired power plants, which have been closing as the nation moves away from fossil fuel sources, could become sites...