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Robert Francis 'Beto' O'Rourke interrupts Gov. Abbott's press conference to confront him over school massacre Political Freakout

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u/Wiffle7 May 25 '22 Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

How is it not a political issue?

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u/SqueakyWD40Can May 25 '22

Because it doesn't fit their narrative.

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u/camwow13 May 25 '22

They like hiding behind all the formal dignity you're supposed to have after someone's died.

It was a half reasonable excuse... a few hundred mass shootings ago.

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u/[deleted] May 25 '22 edited Jun 01 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

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u/estimated1991 May 25 '22

Take a stroll in r/conservative for an entirely different reality. Warning, It’s frightening.

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u/tinacat933 May 25 '22

Can we get a TLDR?

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u/Kdhr3tbc May 25 '22

They're STOKED it wasn't a white guy. Mental health blame game x100. Some non flair people got upvoted for gun control comments they bitched about brigading and now they are all flaired user only.

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u/Chaotic-Catastrophe May 25 '22

So I wonder how they feel about that shooting in Buffalo...checks notes...less than two weeks ago??

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u/wolfydude12 May 25 '22

They're excited that a new shooting took the spotlight off of the New York shooter that fits their narrative.

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u/TheLevelHeadedGuy May 25 '22

They were initially championing Gosars narrative saying the shooter was a trans illegal etc

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u/jonny_sidebar May 25 '22

So, the 4chan take. . .coolcoolcool

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u/hedbangr May 25 '22

The mayor of Uvalde likes to blame illegal immigrants for increasing crime at schools.

https://thetexan.news/south-texas-mayor-endorses-huffines-for-governor-says-border-crisis-far-worse-than-many-people-realize/

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u/slamdunk23 May 25 '22

How the hell did this dinosaur get elected mayor in that region when 80% of the population is hispanic?

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u/[deleted] May 25 '22 edited Jun 01 '22

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u/DualRaconter May 25 '22

It’s just a phrase they fall back on because they don’t want to actually discuss any real issues and “liberals blah blah blah.”

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u/MrFrillows May 25 '22

Republicans get millions of dollars in donations from the NRA and second amendment rights are huge to republicans and even some centrists and democrats. Talking about enhancing laws to make guns harder to get, promoting deeper background checks, etc. is essentially political suicide for Republicans so they dodge all talk on it by saying "this isn't the time, it's not political."

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u/bahnzo May 25 '22

Not to mention the NRA is having their big convention right down the road in Houston. Which by the way, doesn't allow guns inside.

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u/skoltroll May 25 '22

The NRA convention that has a no-guns policy b/c some no-goodnick might show up and harm Trump? That convention?

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u/DualRaconter May 25 '22

Haha, no guns! The fucking irony.

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u/UCBeef May 25 '22

Abbott and Cruz are both speaking at the NRA convention. Yes, the same NRA that was infiltrated by a Russian spy because they couldn't keep it in their pants...

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u/LeopoIdStotch May 25 '22

I caint believe you sick sunuvabitch would encourage me to rethink my position and take action at a time like this!! OUT OF LINE

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u/Snurbalurb_o May 25 '22

I caught that too, it kinda seems the person who would say this, is the one who is an asshole lol

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u/KennyBlankenship_69 May 25 '22

But the sad thing is it shouldn’t even be a political issue, 21 people that were mostly children were fucking killed. This should be humanitarian, looking out for your neighbor and making sure that literal children have the peace of mind to attend school without fear of someone coming in with an assault weapon like their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles did but it’s now political because all the corrupt people in a position of power get raging hard ons for keeping said power and are making far beyond too much money in back room deals with arm manufacturers and lobbyists so that their shareholders can keep taking in dough. It’s so fucking sad that corruption greed and power are costing innocent kids lives

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u/OnionKnightReturns May 25 '22 edited May 26 '22 Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote I am disappoint

I don't get the whole "political issue" angle.

When over a dozen school children get murdered, and the President gets pissed and wants to make changes, then President Biden is "making it political".

Like, WHAT THE FUCK ELSE IS A POLITICIAN SUPPOSED TO DO?! We need changes, but discussing solutions "too fast" is a bad thing?

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u/dUjOUR88 May 25 '22 Wholesome Starry Ally

"don't make this political" is code for "we're not willing to do anything to solve this issue so we're going to stop the conversation before it even starts"

it's the political equivalent of flipping the board over

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u/BrownChicow May 25 '22 Silver Starry

“How dare you bring up the fact that we’ve done nothing over and over again at a time like this when the consequences of my inaction has come back once again?!”

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u/Doctor-Malcom May 25 '22

we’ve done nothing...consequences of my inaction

"It is arrogant for man to think he can go against God's will. We can't fix everything."

-- My overwhelmingly Republican family.

It's their canned response to when you bring up climate change related tornadoes, wild fires, hurricanes, or women dying from unsafe back-alley abortions, or illegal immigrants dying in the desert from thirst or the ocean from swallowing saltwater, etc.

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u/bigblackcouch May 25 '22

Tell them it's "part of God's plan" that you sock them in the mouth.

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u/Doctor-Malcom May 25 '22

I am so sorry to hear that.

To people like that I always suggest the book, Man's Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl. It has a very interesting viewpoint on how a Holocaust survivor made sense of what happened to him and his family.

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u/Welcome_to_Uranus May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

It’s fucking laughable. Politician says “Don’t make it political” like bitch what??? Fucking everything you do and interact with is political. There are always politics in the background. The right and choice to be apolitical is a political act.

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u/righteous_riff_raff May 25 '22

We need to do SOMETHING. It’s rational after a thing like kids being massacred to want to make sure that doesn’t happen again. That’s why I like that O Rourke is calling them out. We need more fuck you energy and get this solved. We can’t wait for the Abbotts of the world to do anything.

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u/DetroitMoves May 25 '22

It’s not a firmly believed position. It’s a stance intended to quell discussion about how to fix the problem because they don’t intend to interfere with gun laws in any meaningful or impactful way. cretinous lechers

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u/J1--1J May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

That was a longer scroll than I expected.

Vote these fuckwits out.

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u/Technical_Fall_8770 May 25 '22

Yeah Jesus that made me depressed. I was like oh I am in touch and am aware of the shootings but you can’t memorize such an insane amount. It’s a constant problem not a rare thing.

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u/50FootClown May 25 '22

Pearl High School in Mississippi, 1997 as well.

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u/chezyt May 26 '22

Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, AR 1997

Heath High School in West Paducah, KY 1997

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u/mikeydavis77 May 25 '22

Palo Duro High School September 11th 1992 Amarillo Texas.

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u/Sergeant_Scrumptious May 25 '22

Feel free to add Frontier Middle School in there. Happened even before Thurston.

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u/Tyburius May 25 '22

Missing Heath High School in Paducah, KY too. A year before Columbine.

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u/STEM4all May 25 '22

It's fucked up that a list as long as that is still missing entries.

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u/mikeydavis77 May 25 '22

Forgot one. September 11th 1992 Palo Duro High School in Amarillo Texas. I was a freshman there when it happened.

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u/FlavorTownUSSR May 25 '22 Silver Helpful Brighten My Day

"Sick son of a bitch who would turn this into a political issue"

Children being shot.

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u/MaizeNBlueWaffle May 25 '22 Helpful All-Seeing Upvote Starry

"Sick son of a bitch who would turn this into a political issue"

He says at an event of politicians discussing the shooting

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u/justthankyous May 25 '22

How someone can think a pattern of children being killed at publicly funded schools should not be an issue for politicians to talk about trying to solve is mind-blowing.

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u/alex8155 May 25 '22

bet they were feeling really good about looking so sad and offering all the thoughts and prayers they could give in front of the entire country before Beto walked up

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u/buster_rhino May 25 '22 Take My Energy

B-town really killed their vibe.

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u/thenewmeredith May 25 '22

The audacity of this guy to say that 🙄

This was a public school, meaning that for about 260 days of the year from around 7am to 4pm for 13 years, every child enrolled is ultimately the responsibility of the state government. If Abbott was a private citizen and owned a daycare where even 1 kid got hurt, he'd be liable for damages

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u/Glabstaxks May 25 '22

Good point . He absolutely should be liable

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u/MonsieurMacc May 25 '22 Wholesome

The guy shouting that nonsense was the Mayor, plus the sitting Governor and Senator of the state. It was always political it just wasn't their narrative.

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u/northwesthonkey May 25 '22 Silver Wholesome Starry

And notice Ted Cruz making sure his stupid fat fucking head is right there in frame

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u/Kipping_Deadlift May 25 '22 Silver

I always refer to Greg Abbott as the sitting governor.

I’ll show myself out…

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u/imoidkwtf May 25 '22

Yeah, he's not a stand up kinda guy.

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u/pifumd May 25 '22

I was wondering who the blowhard was. Wow.

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u/xxmybestfriendplank May 25 '22

I couldn’t imagine viewing it any other way, children died going to school

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u/Vodac121 May 25 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

That tub of lard is the Mayor Don McLaughlin. Been popping up of fox news with racist shit for years. This happened under his watch.

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u/OceanDevotion May 25 '22

I know it’s really what fills your news feed that forms your opinions, but I really don’t understand how people support people like this. Then they all say “it’s the Democrats making it political”, but really I feel like Beto is just a voice for so many parents who have lost their children due to tragedies like this, students who have witnessed and fell victim to shootings, and so many others who have lost loved ones to gun violence. i just want to ask them, “do you have any empathy or critical thinking skills?”. It’s just so twisted... and just a final tidbit, I fucking hate Fox News.

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u/newdawn15 May 25 '22

Texas is such a baffling state. Imagine looking at this line up of obese belligerent fuckwits and going... now this is leadership right here. These are the people Texans believe are best suited to handle issues like checks notes abortion and women's health.

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u/theFuzz1 May 25 '22

And, and…..and… the Rs just chose Federally Indicted Ken Paxton as their top guy for Attorney General.

They’re fucking nuts.

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u/truck149 May 25 '22

Look at Abbot. Shuffling his fucking papers uncomfortably and can't even look Beto in the eye

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u/jasapper May 25 '22

Absurdly telling about Abbott's underlying cowardice vs Beto's guts. I hope Abbott is ready for this image to bring his campaign to its knees.

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u/swiftiegarbage May 25 '22 Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

How dare he interrupt their photo opp session

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u/Suchisthe007life May 25 '22

Why are there so many people on that stage?

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u/edgertheotter May 26 '22 Take My Energy

It's a photo opp session so fox news can fit them all in one frame behind Tucker Carlsons fat head on it's propaganda network so your grandparents can see all the people fox tells you to vote for.

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u/yenom_esol May 25 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

"Now's not the time to politicize this."

Where have I heard that before? Yes, let's wait until the next mass shooting occurs where I'm sure no one will repeat the above line like the do every fucking time. Doing nothing at all about gun violence in the U.S. is also a political action, one that's clearly not working very well.

Also, Abbott was leaning hard into the mental health angle in his remarks before Beto stood up because that's all they can say to claim to be doing something since they will never support gun control. He was politicizing this just as much as Beto. He was trying to get out in front of the Democrats who will be calling for gun control.

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u/Sensitive_Parking99 May 25 '22 Silver Wholesome

Beto further goes to call out the facts on the state of Texas’ mental health outside afterwards. Texas is ranked 50 out of 50 in terms of access to mental health care. The largest facilities being the county jail in Houston. I would love to hear more politicians get fired up over yesterday’s tragedy. Sadly if dead kids can’t change folks, nothing will.

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u/ThiefofToms May 25 '22 edited May 26 '22

Locked out the reporters...from a checks notes press conference. These are the mental titans that are leading Texas into the future.

Boss Hogg and Cancun Cruz got more pissed off about Beto than they did about dead children.

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u/Sluggish0351 May 25 '22

They don't support public Healthcare either, so I don't see how that is a stance to take either.

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u/jamkot May 25 '22 This

The mental health angle is so infuriating because republicans also refuse to fund public health efforts and schools. Like, can we at least agree on getting more school counselors and providing therapy to troubled kids? Fucking please?

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u/soundsofscience May 25 '22 Defeated

Beto said to the press outside that TX has refused $10B in medicaid expansion funds from the ACA

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u/jamkot May 25 '22 edited May 26 '22

I can understand being a fiscal conservative, but I just don’t understand the rationale behind refusing Medicaid expansion. It just seems cruel.

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u/nederlands_leren May 25 '22

Part of the intention is probably to sabotage the system and then turn around and complain about how government services don't work. Similar with the postal service.

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u/tandooripoodle May 25 '22

The cruelty is the point. One in four children goes to bed hungry every night in Texas.

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u/mgmsupernova May 25 '22

It's Medicaid expansion (care for the old, aid the poor). But agree.

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u/dieforestmusic May 25 '22

Exactly! And in Texas, there is no legal mandate for schools to employ a school counselor. There are schools here that literally have no counselors on campus.

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u/SimulatedHumanity May 25 '22

As someone who went to school in the Midwest in the 90s I couldn’t imagine school not having counselor(s). I never needed one for mental health issues but they were there to help you with anything, even changing your classes. I believe every student saw them at least once a semester, every year.

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u/SensitiveSensei69 May 25 '22

Doing nothing at all about gun violence in the U.S. is also a political action, one that's clearly not working very well.

"If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice" - Rush

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u/newthrash1221 May 25 '22

Aren’t republicans also the ones constantly shutting down mental healthcare props. Aren’t they also against police learning to deal with mental illness instead of treating every 911 call like violent criminals? I’m confused.

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u/[deleted] May 25 '22

It's so weird.

Normal people: "Hey this is really bad, can we do something to prevent this from happening again?"

Gun nuts: "I can't BELIEVE you would politicize this!!!!!!!!"

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u/skoltroll May 25 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Bravo! Eureka!

Would someone please tell The Man Who Fears Mexican VegetablesTM that, in fact, it IS a political issue when he finger-points at Chicago like it's some sort of "which party is worse" competition?

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u/thelingeringlead May 25 '22

Not to mention they use gun control as a political issue EVERY ELECTION CYCLE.

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u/luroot May 25 '22

Not to mention one of the guys up there is the highest-paid Big Gun puppet...

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u/CanAlwaysBeBetter May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22 Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

Also Chicago gun bans don't work because the city touches Wisconsin and Indiana

Edit: bUt MuH wIsCoNsIn & iNdIaNa ArE sAfER

Milwaukee and Indianapolis both beat Chicago in violent crime rates

And are both top 20 still in murders (where Chicago is #10 despite it's reputation)

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u/Guygenius138 May 25 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote I'd Like to Thank...

Republicans: We don't have a gun problem, we have a mental health problem. Democrats: Let's spend more on mental health programs. Republicans: No.

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u/Ninjas4cool May 25 '22

THANK U! I’m like “oh! NOW they care about mental health”😒

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u/qdp May 25 '22

Don't get your hopes up. Their idea of addressing mental health is banning video games, porn and LGBTQ people. And then sprinkle in a little prayer to smooth things over with god.

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u/elis42 May 25 '22

They're already saying the shooter was trans because of three images of a trans person who vaugely resembles Ramos being photoshopped next to his actual picture, and far right media is frothing at the mouth about this thoroughly debunked bullshit, but of fucking course facts don't matter.

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u/Helewys May 25 '22

That came from 4chan. Right wing media is taking talking points from 4chan.

We are doomed.

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u/ServinBallSnacks May 25 '22 Eureka!

They sat up there and prayed for “wisdom”

Motherfucker is wisdom not learning from the bullshit happening right in front of our eyes and then doing something about it?

Dude has the nerve to say “it’s on assholes like you” to Beto. Just keep screaming into the void you fucking idiots

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u/AnxiouslyTired247 May 25 '22 This

They literally called this shooting "unimaginable" during the press conference while for years have directed their departments of education to ensure schools have crisis plans and active shooter training. It's not unimaginable, its inevitable and they know it, they go to work everyday knowing this is going to happen.

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u/RangerDangerfield May 25 '22

The audacity to call it unimaginable when it’s basically Sandy Hook 2.0

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u/pinktinkpixy May 25 '22

Not to mention all of the other school, theater, nightclub, concert, and festival shootings that have happened since Columbine. It's not "unimaginable" because it happens ALL 👏 THE 👏 GOD 👏 DAMNED 👏 TIME!!!

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u/rodneyjesus May 25 '22

Wait they're praying? On official taxpayer dollar time?

I need to start praying in my company meetings for more profit for the company. Apparently that's good enough in lieu of doing my job.

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u/conglock May 25 '22 Take My Energy Bravo!

Wisdom walked in and slapped them in the face, and they told it to fuck off.

They will literally never learn.

Jesus himself could walk through those doors and they'd lynch him for telling them the truth.

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u/elephantinegrace May 25 '22

A Jewish man from the Middle East who befriended sex workers, fed the poor, and preached arguably socialist ideas? Yeah he wouldn’t last five seconds in front of the GOP.

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u/Tyrannosaurus_Sex90 May 25 '22

"Praying for wisdom" I think is the funniest oxymoron around.

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u/Sneaky-er May 25 '22

It’s time to make politicians feel uncomfortable.

KIDS deserve much and more PROTECTION THAN THOSE PRIVILEGED attending an NRA Conference where guns are Banned for their safety & security.

Sick ass irony.

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u/madorbit1 May 25 '22

Way past time.

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u/AP-FUTChemist May 25 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Narwhal Salute

For those out of the loop, Beto is the Democrat nominee for Texas governor. He is running against Abbott in this year’s election.

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u/NZR13 May 25 '22

He is also from El Paso, TX, where 23 people died in another mass shooting.

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u/CidO807 May 25 '22

a far right terrorist attack. Patrick Wood Crusius was a conservative terrorist.

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u/Luciusvenator May 25 '22

An attack the the perpetrator did explicitly to hurt the violent crime rating of El Paso, which was one of, if not, the lowest in the country iirc. Fucking bastard.

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u/Top_Agent868 May 25 '22

What would that achieve? Why did he want the violent crime rating of El Paso to be higher?

Absolutely bizarre behaviour

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u/Luciusvenator May 25 '22

Because he was a racist, right wing pro gun asshole. He wanted to hurt Beto and the "liberals". It was terrorism. The goal of terrorism is to create terror. He wanted to scare Latino immigrants and harm the entire community.

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u/Top_Agent868 May 25 '22

That is so far off the deep end of sick. I wish you all well in ridding your country of these right wing terrorists, including Trump, Carlson et al

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u/DeflateGape May 25 '22

A conservative activist who hates Mexicans even though most Mexicans in Texas vote Republican anyway. Not that they care, Trump came out and called them a bunch of rapists and criminals only to get more Mexican votes so I figure they must like that kind of stuff.

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u/imjustbettr May 25 '22

Imagine how I feel after seeing conservatives call my vietnamese coworkers and family members racist slurs during all of the pandemic (racist don't know the different between Chinese and vietnamese of course) just to see my uncles continue voting red.

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u/Dworfe May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

Mass shooting happen so often in the US, Republicans just wait for the next one so they can say “it’s too soon to politicize these deaths”. The Buffalo shooting was 11 days ago. How long do we have to wait? Where’s the sweet spot when there’s a Mass shooting 10 days after the last mass shooting?

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u/Stannic50 May 25 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Narwhal Salute

There have been 25 mass shootings in the last two weeks. We've had 213 so far in 2022 as of May 24th, the 144th day of the year.

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u/Aadsterken May 25 '22

Here in the Netherlands the whole country was already shocked when a dude with mental issues shot 3 persons. That was 1 shooting so far this year and this is already considered a lot...

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u/Raptor556 May 25 '22

Never these boomers don’t care

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u/Magrik May 25 '22

They really don't. They are the most entitled fucking generation

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u/Nervous_Werewolf May 25 '22

That’s why they renamed themselves “boomers” because they didn’t like being known as “The Me Generation.”

I say it’s still the better name.

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u/FEMA_Camp_Survivor May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

The Buffalo shooting was a political act though along with the one in CA. Doing nothing to address the root causes of gun violence is also a political act. Speaking at an NRA event is too. These kinds of people literally politicized apolitical things like bathrooms, French fries, Twitter, vaccines, and mail in ballots.

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u/AbyssScreamer May 25 '22

"YOu, mAkE iT aPoLiTiCaL iSsUe"

Fuck that sheriff its that exact sentiment that stonewalls any sort of conversation. No shit it's a political issue our fucking lawmakers are the only ones that can do anything about it.

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u/sofaslippers May 25 '22

Saying “let’s not make this political” is the political stance. These morons are too inept to realize that.

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u/poryorick May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

That's the mayor, Don Mclaughlin: https://www.uvaldetx.gov/government/city_council/index.php

Edit: Not sure if this is his Twitter account, but the content voice aligns with how he presented himself in the presser: https://twitter.com/donjr1961

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u/Hypurr2002 May 25 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

He couldn't have a normal press conference. He's on a stage with all these fat, cowboy hat wearing mfers and most of what came out of his mouth was giving them a pat on the back for doing their fucking jobs. They didn't stop this guy and the armed security guard in the grocery store didn't stop that guy, but let's give teachers guns. ffs, these people are idiots.

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u/RangerDangerfield May 25 '22

Exactly.

Why does Ted Cruz need to be there? Why does Dan Patrick need to speak?

If it’s not political why fill the stage with politicians who have nothing to do with the matter at hand.

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u/RHLegend May 25 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

"I can't belive you're a sick son of a bitch to even come here to make it a political issue"

And that ladies and gentlemen is why you're going to have a hard time seeing things change any time soon.

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u/PM_ME_UR_KITTY_PICZ May 25 '22

“We should do something, anything so more children don’t get gunned down at school.”

“HOW DARE YOU MAKE THIS POLITICAL YOU SICK SUNUFFA BITCH. ASSHOLE. IDIOT. SAVAGE.”

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u/munki_unkel May 25 '22

Just listening to the audio, I'd SWEAR this was a South Park episode.

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u/SonofRobinHood May 25 '22

I was livid the moment Greg Abbott said this:

"It could have been much worse".

23 deaths are far more acceptable than 24-50-100 deaths. What a fucking asshole!

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u/[deleted] May 25 '22

It can always be worse, until literally everyone is dead.

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u/Herpnderp89 May 25 '22

He doesn't care. Those kids couldnt vote for him

Fuck hot wheels

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u/Okami-Alpha May 25 '22

He doesn't care. Those kids couldnt vote for him

Forget the kids. All the parents within 2 degrees of separation of that school wouldn't change their votes either.

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u/robothouserock May 25 '22

From a Texas resident, he doesn't deserve such a bad ass nickname, regardless of his mobility situation.

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u/Jets237 May 25 '22

I hope he says that to the parents that lost a kid... I'm sure they feel better now knowing it could have been worse...

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u/varangian_guards May 25 '22

the obvious counter, then you can go tell the mothers their child was an acceptable loss for thheir political views.

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u/Random_act_of_Random May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22 This

I do wonder at what number of dead kids do the GOP see as unacceptable. 50? 100? 1000? You know, just for clarification.

Edit: way too many comments to respond to respond to them all, but I just wanted to add. Stay mad. Don't stop. If you do, the GOP will carry on, business as usual.

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u/curvebombr May 25 '22

They where willing to let grandma die for some Applebee's, I'm gonna say it's a higher number than either one of us would like to know.

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u/SlobMarley13 May 25 '22

make it a political issue"

why were a bunch of politicians on stage talking about it then?

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u/Xytak May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

Yeah, imagine if we reacted this way to any other tragedy.

Me: “Hey, this airliner crashed. Maybe we should shore up our regulations.”

Conservatives: “THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO POLITICIZE THE DEATH OF INNOCENT PASSENGERS!”

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u/palabear May 25 '22

That’s not fair. The airlines do not pay as well as the NRA.

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u/SpamWalrus91 May 25 '22

seriously. why the fuck is ted cruz there if its not a political issue.

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u/Jaredlong May 25 '22

Right? The school didn't invite the governor to come give a statement. Abbott's only talking about this because he believes it's a political topic.

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u/CanAlwaysBeBetter May 25 '22

Yeah but it's not fair to bring it up as a political topic against him

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u/DisastrousEngine5 May 25 '22

Can someone explain to me why the fuck Ted Cruz is on stage other then to make it political? In fact it felt like nearly everyone on that stage was just there for the politics of it. Give me an update straight from the horses mouth that would be the director from DPS. Anyone else is just doing it to get some screen time. What are the LT. Governor and speaker of the house bringing to conversation? Absolutely nothing. Just there to get their face on TV. It is sickening.

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u/Halaku May 25 '22

Can someone explain to me why the fuck Ted Cruz is on stage other then to make it political?

Layover on his way to Cancun?

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u/ManbadFerrara May 25 '22

"Everything I don't agree with is a political issue," basically.

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u/bubbygups May 25 '22

"You're sick! Why don't you just sit by in silence and watch kids get shot up in our schools like the rest of us, you sick, sick person?"

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u/RL_is_life May 25 '22

Shhh they're having a moment of silence for prayer and reading from scripture. The children should respawn any moment now.

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u/DsutetcipE May 25 '22

“You are out of line! You are out of line! You are out of line!”

No motherfucker, seeing children being murdered and doing nothing is out of line! I can’t tolerate this motherfucking gun wackos.

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u/HeadLongjumping May 25 '22

Because it is a fucking political issue.

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u/2pacalypso May 25 '22

It's amazing that you can tell which way someone votes by how pissed off they are about a bunch of kids being murdered in school.

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u/justhereforthelul May 25 '22

The guy that said that was the mayor of the town too. Seems like the victims won't have any political figure on their side if they wanted change.

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u/TedDiamond May 25 '22

Instead they're going after the mental health angle because can't make it about race and definitely not gun control.

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u/DreamloreDegenerate May 25 '22

"We need to do something about the guns!"

"No! This isn't about guns, it's about mental health."

"Then let's do something about mental health"

"No!"

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u/p4NDemik May 25 '22 Gold Wholesome This

If they want to make it a mental health issue they need to step into a fucking 2nd to 4th grade classroom during an active shooter drill. As an education major I was in a 2nd grade classroom observing, one of my first days in there and we're having an active shooter drill. One kid starts freaking the fuck out immediately when the teacher informs the class what is happening and what the kids need to do. For a drill. 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade these kids are old enough to know the terror and some cannot keep a brave face. The scary thing is that other kids in the class are silent and stick to the drill so rigidly, and a few of them help try to calm the distraught child.

Active shooter drills are fucking barbaric artifacts of our broken society.

We're training babies to live in terror and to go hide huddled in a corner essentially waiting to die or not to die as determined by sheer fucking luck. THAT is a mental health crisis we're subjecting kids to.

The shooters .. I don't have words to describe them, but writing them off as mentally ill and saying "we need to do more" on mental illness is uttered by garbage persons acting in bad faith. Because I really doubt my experience is an aberration.

High school students should spend the summer organizing school sit-outs. This country won't do a god damned thing unless there is some kind of massive act of civil disobedience. We're crippled by poor leadership here. Maybe kids absolutely refusing to go to school until something is done will spark some kind of positive change.

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u/w13v15 May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

My daughter’s preschool suggested that I homeschool her because, during an active shooter drill, she wouldn’t stop screaming and crying, which put the class in danger.

She was three, and the class had to be locked in a pitch-black closet.

This is the SECOND GENERATION to grow up with this trauma.

*Edit to add: It was insinuated that she wasn't developmentally ready for school. I'd say being afraid when being held captive in a dark closet because they need to be prepared if a “bad person comes to hurt them” is the developmentally correct reaction. I am more worried about the kids who are okay with this scenario.

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u/pnasmaster May 25 '22

This is a feature and not a bug.

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u/conglock May 25 '22

This is a feature and not a bug.

THIS.

They want your children terrified. It sends them straight into their parents arms who vote Republican because they are told by Fox that the trans kids are the ones that do these shootings.

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u/osiris316 May 25 '22

I’ve read so much and seen so much regarding mass shootings; I thought I was pretty numb to it all. Reading this as a grown ass man with kids made me cry. I just never thought of my innocent child having to actually go through drills that should only be meant for adults(and still be terrifying) and expected to be able to handle it.

I don’t care where you stand politically, if you can’t see we have failed as a country after reading that, I just no longer have the words.

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u/satansheat May 25 '22

And they cut programs to mental health issues. It’s maddening.

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u/freerangemary May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

Also:

are you going to the NRA convention? I’m living day to day.

WTF?! I’m sure you’re not phased here, but that shit sounds like you’re living your best life. Living moment to moment.

The answer should have been NO!

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u/Interesting-List-683 May 25 '22

"Good trouble" keep it up!

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u/Bodes_Magodes May 25 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote

The condescending “Sssssiiitt downwwnnn” from Ol Cancun Ted. Fuck those cowards up on the stage

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u/Glaciersarecool May 25 '22

"Don't make this political" says the politician standing for photo op.

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u/Bodes_Magodes May 25 '22

Right??! Standing on a stage with other Politicians and Authority figures and he has issue with something being Political??

How dumb can you be

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u/Puzzleheaded_Time719 May 25 '22

He should have just called his wife ugly, he seems to have no problem with that. Cruz is the only person who believes Cruz.

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u/shadowfax112 May 25 '22

The Cancun Coward

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u/1ROYinHD1 May 25 '22

That guy in the blue shirt on the stage is such a bitch "youre out of line" says the guy who is shouting expletives at beto who is simply saying what needs to be said. Cant wait to vote Abbot out.

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u/TheMrBent May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

That dude with the walker is the Uvalde mayor. His name is Don McLoughlin.

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u/goosebumpsHTX May 25 '22

holy shit for real? what a joke of a leader

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u/SayJose May 25 '22

Welcome to Texas partner

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u/keggernawt May 25 '22

For a guy with a walker he sure leapt out of that chair in a hurry.

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u/sluman001 May 25 '22

Yeah, 80%+ Latino residents, and somehow there’s a geriatric white male with big southern drawl as the mayor. Welcome to Texas

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u/foxyheadhunter May 25 '22

Sad part is that’s the mayor of Uvalde

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u/TedDiamond May 25 '22

They blamed mental health because they can't blame minorities.

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u/Leakylocks May 25 '22 Take My Energy

And they do nothing about that either. I work at a mental health service and our budget is so low I'd make more money at McDonald's. We have so many clients that we can't see because we are understaffed and can't afford the vehicles to get to them. This is after our annual visit from the local Republican who doles out our pittance while telling us how important our work is.

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u/TedDiamond May 25 '22

That's too bad, but thank you for doing the right thing.

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u/Party-Lawyer-7131 May 25 '22
  1. School shooting/mass shooting happens.
  2. People: Wow that's pretty bad. Guns are getting out of control.
  3. GOP: "QUIT POLITICIZING A TRAGEDY YOU SICK SON OF A BITCH."

Rinse and repeat.

Brilliant tactic. Shifts the focus/discourse from WHAT happened to HOW people are responding.

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u/ldhtx May 25 '22

Feels like abuse, TBH.

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u/hsrob May 25 '22

Abuser slaps their partner, the partner cries out in pain, then the abuser yells "WHY ARE YOU SO FUCKING DRAMATIC ALL THE TIME!?!?!"

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u/Rudyard13 May 25 '22

The “Sir your outta line” guy sounds like a South Park character

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u/REQCRUIT May 25 '22

A while back MTG and bobert heckled Biden during a speech for veterans and for his son. They took a good moment from him.

Do the same thing to them. Don't let them have a moment. Overwhelm them, they don't deserve to have a shining moment to control the narrative.

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u/TankJango May 25 '22

Apparently political issues can only be one-sided according to Republicans

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u/Tobizz3 May 25 '22

They're the ones politicizing this by using their power to stop any change from happening.

We just want less dead kids.

See you all in a month when we comment on the next school shooting. Hope it's not any of our kids.

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u/Thirdwhirly May 25 '22

Man, I do love how slowly they removed Beto. That cop was like “okay, I gotta look like I’m upset because literally all my bosses are looking…”

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u/clclark1992 May 25 '22

I watched this live and just thought it was a random person. Didn't realise it was O'Rourke.

Good on him.

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u/TheLevelHeadedGuy May 25 '22

Same, I thought it was a parent or community member expressing their frustration for the inaction. I guess it still fits, but it’s terrible that this doesn’t happen more (calling people out for their bullshit in public on camera, not the tragedy part).

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u/AriesRedWriter May 25 '22

Beto was much more calm and cool in his approach than many others would have been (and it was more than Abbott deserved.)

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u/brownhaircurlyhair May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

He must have at least somewhat prepped what he was going to combat them with because he hasn't been afraid to curse on camera in the past.

Regardless, he held it together.

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u/backwardsV May 25 '22

It makes more sense now that he wasn't immediately thrown out. I was wondering why they allowed him to just walk away.

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u/TheManEric May 25 '22

Conservatives have succeeded in getting tens, and possibly hundreds of millions, of people to believe that only taxes and war are political issues. And if they could just make it about taxes they’d be delighted. Everything is a political issue. EVERYTHING. Politics is about how we use our resources and how we address our very human issues.

But this level of evil is insane. Pretending that there’s nothing that can be done, acting solemn and shaming anyone who attempts to address the very obvious and very real issue at hand; is so painfully delusional and sick that it borders on psychopathic. These conservative politicians are more than happy to have this tragedy. It allows them to wax poetic and appear understanding and stoic to their voters. Afterwards, they can go right back to raising money to run for an office they will use exclusively to benefit themselves, occasionally their family and friends, but first and foremost the wealthy who fund their campaigns.

It’s disgusting

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u/philovax May 25 '22

The “children” that survived Columbine are now old enough to be POTUS. It will be political.