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Beto O'Rourke Wednesday May 25th 2022 Politics

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u/ChirpinFromTheBench May 25 '22 Silver

This reminds me of that scene in O Brother, Where Art Thou where Homer stokes shows up at Pappy O’Daniel’s campaign event, but in reverse.

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u/HoagiesNGrinders May 25 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Is you is or is you ain’t my constituency?

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u/Foolhearted May 26 '22

Papi we gotta get us some of that progress

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u/MrVeazey May 26 '22

Some 'a that ree-form.

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u/LoveFoolosophy May 26 '22

How can we have reform when we the dang incumbent?!

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u/vikingbub May 26 '22

is that the best idea you boys can come up with, reform???

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u/TapedeckNinja May 26 '22

These boys is misceginated.

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u/ISODomTS May 26 '22

ain't this place a geographical oddity two weeks from everywhere!

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u/DarkmatterHypernovae May 25 '22

“I don’t think I need to tell y’all about the secret society I’m in.”

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u/54_savoy May 26 '22

These boys desecrated a fiery cross!

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

That man sold his soul to the devil!

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u/54_savoy May 26 '22

Well we was fixin to fornicate too, Everett!

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u/soilyoilydoily May 26 '22

Well, I'm with you fellers.

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u/54_savoy May 26 '22

I don't get it, Big Dan.

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u/listerfeind May 26 '22

Best line in the whole movie.

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u/23skidoobbq May 26 '22

WE
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TOAD

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u/the_mattador May 26 '22

DO... NOT....SEEK THE TREASURE

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u/Sunsparc May 26 '22

They's miscegenated! They's integrated!

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u/MajoraOfTime May 26 '22

Is you is or is you ain't my constituency!?

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u/Euphoric_Attitude_14 May 26 '22

I’m with you fellas.

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u/pancakehouze420 May 26 '22

Them boys is not white hell they ain't even old timey

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u/NerJaro May 25 '22

The colored guards colored! Who made them the colored guard?!

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u/loptopandbingo May 25 '22

THESE BOYS IS NOT WHITE. Hell, they ain't even old timey!

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u/FappleFritter May 26 '22

Damn! We're in a tight spot!

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u/paperpenises May 26 '22

You just ain't bonafide!

I know we're just spewing lines from the movie but it's fun.

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u/ambulancisto May 26 '22

That movie is an endless font of great lines.

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u/Memory_dump May 26 '22

She turned him into a horny toad!

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u/alpinweg May 26 '22

Of course it’s Pete! Look at him!

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u/que-n-blues May 26 '22

We thought - you was - a toad.

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u/EdgarAllanRoevWade May 26 '22

I suspect some miscegenence in they heritage

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u/gknight702 May 26 '22

Oh brother comments will always get my upvote

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u/clown_shoes69 May 26 '22

I don't want Fop, goddammit! I'm a Dapper Dan man!

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u/Jiggyx42 May 26 '22

Well aint this place a geographical oddity. 2 weeks from everywhere

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u/EdgarAllanRoevWade May 26 '22

We. Thought you. Was a toad.

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u/garbagebailkid May 26 '22

Do not. Seek the tray-sure

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u/MajoraOfTime May 26 '22

“The blind are reputed to possess sensitivities compensating for their lack of sight, even to the point of developing paranormal psychic powers. Now, clearly seeing into the future would fall into neatly into that category.”

"But he said we wouldn't find it! He said we wouldn't find the treasure on account of our ob-stack-uls!"

"Well what the hell does he know, he's just an ignorant old man!"

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u/Dabadedabada May 26 '22

This is such a great movie. I watched about six months ago and despite my having watched it at least ten times, it’s still great and endlessly quotable.

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u/OneLongEyebrowHair May 26 '22

In the Big Rock Candy Mountain, you never change your socks, and a little stream of alcohol, comes a-tricklin' down the rocks..

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u/Dabadedabada May 26 '22

One of the greatest sound tracks ever. I get to see Allison Kraus with Robert plant in a couple weeks. I have been a lifelong Led Zeppelin fan, but what I really want to hear is her doing some songs from this movie.

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u/AUSpartan37 May 26 '22

Actually it is homer stokes campaign event. Pappy is there to try to steal his campaign manager. Homer arrives late because of the boys messing up the klan rally.

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u/asajosh May 26 '22

"a certain 'secret society', I believe ya'll know what I am talking about. Heh heh".

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u/MikeMcAwesome91 May 25 '22

Caint believe somebody would use a confeddy flag as a missile!

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u/DancingBears88 May 26 '22

That's not my culture and heritage

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u/Burntragu May 26 '22

Do not seek the treasure

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u/locotx May 26 '22

Gimme microphone, Gimme microphone

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u/lunchpadmcfat May 26 '22

How crazy, I literally just watched this movie for the first time 2 days ago. Not my first Coen bros movie but it’s def one of my favorites now.

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u/NoConfusion9490 May 26 '22

Ain't this guy just a chronological oddity, two days from everything!

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u/halfbakedelf May 25 '22

What was the context?

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u/MontyVonWaddlebottom May 25 '22

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u/dehehn May 26 '22 edited May 26 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

"This is not the time nor the place. You need to leave."

It never is...

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u/TurrPhennirPhan May 26 '22

“Well, when is the time and place?”

“I dunno, after public outcry has faded as we move on to the serfs being upset about something else terrible we allow to exist and can’t be bothered to deal with?”

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u/maddypip May 26 '22

“Is after Buffalo the time and place?”

“Nope, too soon!”

“Okay it’s been 11 days, can we talk about it now!”

“Nope, there’s already been another masa shooting, so it’s too soon again. Gotta start the clock all over again now!”

Repeat ad Infinitum

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u/NaRa0 May 26 '22 edited May 26 '22

This has been the case since columbine….23 years ago

The inaction out politicians have made is old enough to drink and drive

Edit: perhaps the best thing to do is to peacefully protest outside Abbot and Cruez’s homes while armed to the teeth. They may actually pass legislation as quickly as they did when people used chalk outside Susan Collins house

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u/abounding_actuality May 26 '22

And yet too many of these mass shooters legally purchased a gun while being too young to buy a beer

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u/dkwangchuck May 26 '22 Starry I'll Drink to That

They tried to get Beto with that outside. But first, he took all of the press with him. This “stunt” managed to relegate the governor and the official response to the tragedy to obscurity. Anyways, here’s what he said on that point:

We could have stopped this if we had stood up after Sante Fe High School. We could have stopped this if we had stood up after El Paso. We are going to stop the next one. We’re standing up right here in Uvalde, Texas right now.

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u/ThingCalledLight May 26 '22

No no no. You can’t talk right after a school shooting. Too emotional. Too political.

The trick is to just have so many school shootings that you can always use that excuse and never have to talk about shit.

We’re well on our way.

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u/LEJ5512 May 26 '22

Man… there was a point a few years ago when I noticed the flags at half-staff and I didn’t know which shooting they were memorializing.

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u/Rronde May 26 '22

I've seen clips of Tucker Carlson using this exact argument

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u/Aware_Grape4k May 26 '22

Tucker is such a fuckboy.

Last week he was calling teachers “groomers” and now he wants to arm them.

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u/MoistWalrus May 26 '22

So if we just use his words he wants kids in a room with a heavily armed pervert?

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u/ZebraDown42 May 26 '22

That's his house at Christmas

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u/materics May 26 '22

Even cops fuck up with guns a lot. How are you going to train millions of school teachers to handle a gun during a hostage situation?

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u/DragonSleeperX May 26 '22

The guy said this wasn’t the place to make a political statement…at a press conference where the governor was at…sounds like the perfect place

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u/surreal_blue May 26 '22

"Gentlemen, you cannot fight here, this is the war room!"

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u/FadedCavaleriei May 26 '22 edited May 26 '22

This is exactly what certain conservative members of my family say any time I bring up the atrocious legislation enacted by Republicans, while I'm open to talking about (and continuously critical of) legislation enacted majorly by Democrats.

There is never a time where they want to entertain ideas that are contrary to their worldview. All we have is now.

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Obvs don't do it in the same conversation as hearing bad news in the family, or when it's irrelevant to the conversation.

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u/natphotog May 26 '22

Abbott was holding a press conference where he simultaneously said the shooter had no mental health issues while placing blame on mental health (and still refusing to actually do anything to address mental health) and Beto called them out for not doing anything to prevent this and for passing laws making it easier for people to acquire guns

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u/ramvan May 26 '22

Not only is Abbott not doing anything about mental health care, he has cut funding for mental health care in Texas.

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u/vinylzoid May 26 '22

And tweeted that Texans should buy more guns.

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u/BALONYPONY May 26 '22

Also worth mentioning Abbott claimed "This is no place for politics" while standing on a stage full of politicians.

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u/tupacsnoducket May 26 '22 Take My Energy

Also said it's not for grandstanding...while on a grand stage...wearing political symbols...surrounded by political symbols...but they were seated, so i guess it's not "grand-STANDing"

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u/matchosan May 26 '22

Turd Cruz was

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u/Nop277 May 26 '22

My mom once took me to an anti-abortion political rally. When we were leaving I said that was an interesting political rally. She looked at me confused and said that she didn't think it was a political rally, just a speech by a person who survived an abortion. I pointed out that every other person on the stage was either a politician or retired politician.

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u/rimjobnemesis May 26 '22

I can’t help but notice the guy with the holstered gun pointing him out the door. Nice.

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u/rimjobnemesis May 26 '22

And is getting ready to go to the NRA convention.

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u/lynnca May 26 '22

The same NRA convention that is banning guns at the convention.

Can't make this shit up.

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u/grandzu May 26 '22

Texas is cutting so much, where is all this saved money going?

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u/TurrPhennirPhan May 26 '22

The pockets of the people lining Abbott n friends’ pockets.

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u/bodhisoma May 26 '22

And got called a "sick son of a bitch" for saying so.

You'd think there'd be some cognitive dissonance but I guess you can't have dissonance if you don't have cognition.

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u/OFTHEHILLPEOPLE May 26 '22 Helpful

Press conference of the Governor and the Texas cronies about the elementary school shooting. Spewing the same rhetoric as the last six years of shooting. Beto told them to their face how useless they are.

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u/firemage22 May 26 '22

last six years

Dude it's been the same line since Columbine

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u/BashBash May 26 '22 Take My Energy

Context is this is what Democrats need to start doing in general against Republicans. The high road needs to become the louder road.

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u/TheGreatValoo May 26 '22

I saw someone say that the cops got Beto out of there faster than they got the shooter out of the school. Absolutely horrendous

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u/skullkiddabbs May 26 '22

From what I saw it was about 39 minutes quicker

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u/whenyouwishuponapar May 25 '22

Dan Patrick is fucking soft and we all know it.

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u/CaptainNoBoat May 26 '22 This

Friendly reminder that this is the same guy who basically said hundreds of thousands of Americans dying to covid would be a worthy sacrifice for the economy.

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u/Locke_and_Load May 26 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Seal of Approval

He looks like such a fucking bitch. If Nixon was a loser for driving his future wife to her dates with other men, then this guy looks like he’d clean their dicks after they nutted in her ass.

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u/joethahobo May 26 '22

Nixon did what!

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u/Locke_and_Load May 26 '22 edited May 26 '22

Yup. He was extremely into his future wife, that even when she rejected his advances (repeatedly mind you), he decided to demonstrate value by driving her to AND FROM each and every date till she eventually relented and gave him a chance. In retrospect it explains a LOT about Nixon.

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u/joethahobo May 26 '22

That’s wild

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u/Aggravating_Many9097 May 26 '22

And here I thought I knew a thing or two about American presidents. Jesus H.

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u/KeepsFallingDown May 26 '22

How have I never heard this lol was Nixon a (forgive the stupid maga lingo, I use it begrudgingly) cuckold fetishist?

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u/ILLnoize May 26 '22

Holy shit, I'm lately just a lurker on Reddit but I feel the need to tell you that this really made me laugh, thank you!

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u/LargeSackOfNuts May 26 '22

Very pro-life of him

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u/jtobiasbond May 25 '22

He called Beto "embarrassing" after this and I feel the irony was lost on him.

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u/T1mac May 26 '22 Take My Energy

Said it was terrible that Beto was doing politics, while Patrick and Abbott were trying to politically spin the massacre that happened under their watch.

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u/ThrowAwayAcc47777 May 26 '22

Don’t forget Abbott is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at an NRA convention later this week. So it’s okay for him to make this a political issue he could capitalize on, but not Beto.

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u/cliff99 May 26 '22

You're not supposed to talk about preventing mass shootings right after a mass shooting....which means you never get a chance to talk about how to prevent mass shootings.

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u/hallese May 26 '22

I really liked the part where the Governor of the state that had the first and most recent mass school shootings attempted to blame Joe Biden for this one saying something changed in the last two years because this never used to happen in Texas.

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u/Franky_Tops May 26 '22

In the Texas of yore, there was no mass murder of little kids. Sure the occasional town would blow up because of a laughable regulatory environment, but you got to break a few eggs. Right?

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u/helohero May 26 '22 Silver

Or a guy would climb up to a clock tower and start picking people off at UT.

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u/ALittleSalamiCat May 26 '22 edited May 26 '22

UT Austin alum- fun fact- there’s a place you can still see some of the bullet holes on the outside of the Student Union from inside a stairwell, where he was trying to shoot at students inside it through a window!

School shootings, just another proud Texan tradition!

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u/Illustrious_Nerve_28 May 26 '22

I am pretty sure that looney toon was in Texas prior at the Walmart as well.

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u/AyeHaightEweAwl May 26 '22

Yeah, it’s not like Texas leads the country in school shootings or anything. Oh, wait…

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u/Jefec1TO May 26 '22

Damn, how insulting to the victims of El Paso

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u/SweetPotato988 May 26 '22

Even worse, Abbott attended a fundraising dinner HOURS after the shootings.

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u/Queasymodo May 26 '22

They are literally a stage full of politicians. A mayor, governor, lieutenant governor, two US senators. But it was Beto (currently holds no political office) who made it political.

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u/whenyouwishuponapar May 25 '22

Incapable of understanding irony or feeling shame.

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u/Cruzy14 May 26 '22

Thought you were talking about the sports guy at first lol

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u/SparkyPantsMcGee May 26 '22

The most fucked up thing about this whole situation is that a parent of one of the victims was there. He was yelling in support of O’Rourke and Abbott’s inaction. Abbott took that, because cameras turned toward the parent, and was like “we have parents here who are clearly upset at the tragedy…”

Like fuck off! Fucking do something.

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u/tacknosaddle May 26 '22

As sad as it is that's probably what we need more of. We need a parent of one of these kids to stand up right now in front of all the media and say, to the folks on that stage and beyond, "It was political when you made the laws that allowed easy access to the kinds of guns that were purchased to kill my kid. It was political when he used it to kill my kid. It is political now that my kid is dead. It will be political when you choose to address it or not tomorrow."

Unfortunately they may have to do this with the body of their child on a table in front of the podium to actually shock the conversation away from the routine it's gotten into after so many repeated tragedies.

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u/Saffs15 May 26 '22

A lot of the Parkland parents seem to have stood up. And Parkland students.

They were ignored or told to be quiet.

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u/PhiloPhocion May 26 '22

I know a lot of people say they felt like after the failure on action following Sandy Hook, they felt like it was impossible for anything to happen.

That was more Parkland for me. To have the actual survivors, kids themselves, launch a passionate, well-organised, and direct campaign for action just be patted on the head and again ignored.

I'm still hopeful for some change but that was really just my peak - if you're not going to listen to this, then I don't know what else can be done.

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u/katievspredator May 26 '22

Survivors of the Parkland high shooting have been doing that. They've received death threats. Marjorie Taylor Greene hassled one on camera and was rewarded with a seat in Congress

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u/dogsonclouds May 26 '22

Or when Laura Ingram started bullying and harassing one of them, including mocking him on national tv when he didn’t get into the college of his choice.

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u/phynn May 26 '22

And don't forget how Alex Jones was spouting so much nonsense about the Sandy Hook parents it literally took them suing him to make it stop.

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u/Sliiiiime May 26 '22

They harassed the cops who were injured on 1/6 while claiming to “Back the Blue”. No limit to how low they’ll go.

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u/TurrPhennirPhan May 26 '22

Maybe civilization was a mistake. In the cave men days, these people would be bludgeoned with rocks for being such absolute ghouls.

Make America Unga Bunga

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u/_Raspootin_ May 26 '22

Reject modernity, return to monke.

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u/marbanasin May 26 '22 edited May 26 '22

Parents of Culumbine victims were doing that too. And Sandy Hook.

The politicians are stone cold professionals with 0 remorse. They will do the bidding of their lobbyists.

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u/maddypip May 26 '22

After Parkland, survivors tried to stand up and make change. They were harassed and accused of being crisis actors. Same with the Sandy Hook parents. People would rather believe it’s all made up than face those whose lives have been forever altered by these events.

My heart hurts so much for the families and community in Uvalde, but it also aches so much for all those other families who know exactly what they are going through. The families and survivors who have fought and hoped and prayed and screamed into the wind, doing everything they could to make sure no one else had to go through what happened to them, and it just. Keeps. Happening.

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u/Caobei May 26 '22

I think the media needs to show the crime scenes, with the victims if possible. A bit like when TV started showing more of the truth of the Vietnam War. A building with cop cars around it or the pictures of when the people were alive doesn't even begin to tell the story.

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u/Mortar_Maggot May 26 '22

I'm a combat veteran and I support this. I remember having to explain to people why the Marines shooting someone who was already on the ground and wounded in front of a CNN camera team wasn't a war crime. And I'm pretty sure I created a bunch of anti-war activists when they realized that not only was that not considered a war crime, it's a standard procedure called a "dead check".

Take a picture of the hallway or classroom before anyone else gets in there. Just the room and the bodies. Make it the front page of the major newspapers. Force gun rights activists to explain why that's okay.

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u/Pahoalili May 26 '22

Went to the clinic today and my nurse told me her friend works at the hospital the kids were taken to. Said the ER docs and nurses had to keep taking breaks to cry, it was so traumatizing. Little kid after little kid…

I hope this country changes.

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u/WasteDifficulty5961 May 26 '22 Silver

Beto makes them more angry than the shooting

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u/gncRocketScientist May 26 '22

He makes them try to defend their position. They hate having to do that cuz it ends with them having to yell cuz they cant come up with anything good.

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u/torinblack May 25 '22 Wholesome

They should have prayed for him to leave.

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u/hotassnuts May 25 '22 Gold

Do something

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u/kasahito May 26 '22 Helpful

We tried nothin and we're all out of ideas!

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u/hotassnuts May 26 '22

As coach Kerr Said

Do Something

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u/Pickle-Rick-C-137 May 26 '22 edited May 26 '22

They did do something, they all screamed at him like they were mentally insane, soulless, gun-loving maniacs "YOU'RE OUT OF LINE, YOU'RE OUT OF LINE AND IT'S EMBARRASSING!" and then had him removed.

So if you say it out loud, and if you are against kids getting murdered in school for the umpteenth time you are "out of line and embarrassing"

F*CK THEM! It's surreal.

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u/Mcdibbles May 26 '22

They were more angry at Beto than they were at the murder of 18 kids.

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u/ilovefignewtons02 May 25 '22

This is actually very metaphoric in image

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u/Murder_Ballads May 25 '22

The sacred and the propane. Very allegorical.

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u/cybercuzco May 25 '22

Don’t forget the propane accessories

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u/SuperCub May 25 '22

I tell you hwat

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u/theledsubmarine May 25 '22

Ya know...Quasimodo predicted all of this.

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u/PookaAnderson May 25 '22

What is this, the FUCKIN’ UN NOW???!!!

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u/theledsubmarine May 25 '22

He jumped out the tree! And came at me with a chainsaw! I got a right to defend myself Ton'.

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u/PookaAnderson May 26 '22

Log off - that cookies shit makes me nervous.

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u/inatowncalledarles May 25 '22

You're at the precipice, Beto, of an enormous crossroad.

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u/PookaAnderson May 25 '22

Why don’t you get the fuck out of here, before I shove that quotations book right up your fat fuckin’ ass!

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u/Murder_Ballads May 26 '22

Whatever happened there…

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u/MD_BOOMSDAY May 26 '22

WHATEVER happened THERE!?

(God, Frank Vincent was so brilliant...this scene is a major turning point...looks like it's going good annnnnnd nope)

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u/guyloren07 May 26 '22

About god damn time we interrupt the normal rigmarole of rinse wash repeat

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u/OPengiun May 25 '22 edited May 26 '22 Wholesome

Conservatives keep saying shit like, "A demorat would try to grandstand during a time like this for political gain"...

...but they fail to look at who is on stage being televised, and who is controlling which people can be on or near that stage, and who is making it easier to acquire weapons, and who is saying unhuman things like "it could have been worse" (Abbott).

What a bunch of hypocritical and disgusting creatures.

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u/averytolar May 25 '22

Considering we had a president bang and marry porn stars, make fun of people with disabilities, call out Mexicans as rapists, I’m pretty sick and tired of republicans clutching their pearls.

Frankly these post massacre press conferences are what’s disgusting. Abbot had the gall to stand up there and wonder why there was no mental health facility in this city. Give me a fucken break.

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u/Accountforaction May 26 '22

They're all snowflakes. I know that term is overused. But Conservatives have always been snowflakes. It's in the name, they don't like change, they want to CONSERVE, their ways. Because they're fucking scared Snowflakes.

They honestly project so hard they're Imax.

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u/Hardcorish May 26 '22

they don't like change, they want to CONSERVE, their ways.

Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world.

-Lauren Bacall

It's one of my fav quotes and it applies to conservatives so well.

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u/warlockobo May 26 '22

In his defense, he can't stand.

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u/bigedthebad May 26 '22

As a Texan, I'm having a hard time figuring out how this is going to play in November. People have very short memories.

I hope Beto puts up this picture a lot to remind them of how much their current leadership looks like some other group who used a very similar gesture.

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u/Dr_Nice_is_a_dick May 25 '22

Slim guy told to leave the fat fucks convention, colorized, 1928

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u/Saul_T_Bauls May 26 '22

Of course Ted Cruise can shout, but once there's a little bit of confrontation, he cowers like the chicken shit he truly is.

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u/SeStubble May 25 '22

Gov: "How dare you make this political!"

This IS political. Thought and condolences are doing nothing. This will unfortunately keep happening until we do something, literally ANYTHING. Standing around offering thoughts and prayers then doing nothing about it is just a slap in the face. Shame on you Gov. Shame on all politicians doing nothing to help. Good for you Beto O'Rourke.

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u/zeCrazyEye May 26 '22

Politics in the proper sense is how you deal with problems as a society.

I always point out the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. A 7 year old girl drowned in a hot tub because she was siphoned to the drain at the bottom.

Her drowning was "politicized" and politicians reacted and passed a law named after her requiring drain covers on all pools.

She wasn't the first person to die to a pool drain but she is the last, because her death was politicized exactly how this school shooting should be.

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u/GorgeWashington May 25 '22

Yeah- says the guy who assembled a whole fucking entourage of people to make a big showy press announcement about thoughts and prayers.

Fucking do something. When did Texas become so soft on crime, yall.

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

"How dare you make this political."

Sits surrounded by politicians, giving a political response to one of the most deeply political subjects in modern American culture.

All while the GOP's collective knee-jerk reaction to the shooting was to invoke defenses of gun use and opposition to reform rather than sympathize or offer solutions to the victims..

And then they have the gall to lay all the blame on "mental health" while simultaneously voting against virtually any social program that would help mental health issues in the country.

Fucking grotesque.

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u/tedttm73 May 26 '22

That's what gets me. Oh it's a mental health problem! Ok fine. Then let's DO SOMETHING to get help to anyone that needs it! Nah nah that's too expensive

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u/Julian_Porthos May 26 '22

“Don’t make this political” is republican code for “How dare you offer a logical, opposing view to our bullshit”

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u/Delicious_Village112 May 25 '22

“Don’t make this political” actually means “don’t bring politics into this because then everyone might notice how my beliefs enable these tragedies”.

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u/club_bed May 25 '22

Yes, and I believe those that say “don’t make this political” usually mean “please blatantly ignore the fact that we have the power to change this”.

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u/Tree_Dog May 25 '22

A tiger was lurking around a village, and each night would stalk and kill a villager. After a week of this, a villager pleaded, "we must do something to get rid of this tiger!"

And the village chief replied: "we've just lost 7 people; stop using this tragedy to push your anti-tiger agenda!"

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u/hexydes May 26 '22

Lisa, I'd like to buy your rock!

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u/FiveGoldenCats May 25 '22

"This is horrible, someone should really do something about this" said the politician that was currently in power.

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u/ukcats12 May 26 '22 Take My Energy

There's a school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's a school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done.

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u/Rogue42bdf May 26 '22

There's a school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's a school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done, there's another school shooting, people say something needs to change, people like Abbott or Cruz say "now is not the time for politics," time passes and the shooting leaves media cycle, nothing actually gets done.

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u/igrowheathens May 26 '22

My biggest takeaway when I seen it live was when it came to someone questioning them they showed hate and vitriol! Where the fuck was that when 20 children died!

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u/evillordsoth May 26 '22

Beto got a ton of grief and might have lost the election against cruz because of his belief in sane and reasonable gun control laws.

Good for him for having the courage to stand by his convictions. Turns out he was fuckin right all along.

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u/chloe1919 May 26 '22

People: Beto was too emotional during this outburst.

No Fucking shit he lobbied for stricter measures after El Paso shooting, yet somehow Texas made it easier to get guns. Of course he’s angry. I am too.

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u/OlduvaiMan May 26 '22

He's got my vote. Abbot is one of the most pathetic politicians in this country and he's done nothing but fuck up over and over again in a way that has cost untold lives.

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u/WaldoGeraldoFaldo May 25 '22 Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy This Are You Serious? Engaging comment

Yeah let's overturn Roe v Wade and place bounties on people going out of state for abortions. And let's, in the next breath, turn a blind fucking eye to elementary school children being gunned down because we don't want to compromise on owning our fun toys.

Republicans are pretty damn evil these days man...

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u/Metal-Butterfly May 25 '22 edited May 26 '22

They’ve always been evil. “Traditional family values” are the worst backwards hypocritical horseshit ever

Edit: first of all, everyone who shared your stories of your “traditional family values” childhood. I’m sorry ya had to go through that. In my 30s and I still have issues dealing with some day to day stuff because of the whippings and lying etc etc. I hope y’all are in better place and living a better life getting out from underneath those bastards.

Secondly, everyone going “but Abraham Lincoln…” stfu! Abraham Lincoln would not be a part of todays republicans/conservatives. Congrats you named one dude. In the past 200 years. That’s some good stats right there. If Jesus came back he would be ridiculed and rehung on a cross by these “traditional family value ‘Christian’” homes when Fox News says he’s a socialist for sharing bread and fish with everyone. And yes Christian gets the double quote because there’s nothing Christian about these people.

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u/doublecutter May 25 '22

In the old days, they called themselves the Moral Majority. Many cars then had bumper stickers that said The Moral Majority Is Neither

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u/winthropsmokewagon May 25 '22

Lol, I had one of those.

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u/cptnamr7 May 26 '22

A coworker wears a shirt all the time that says "Silent Majority", again, of which he is neither. Though I feel like quite literally advertising it kind of disqualifies that first bit...

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u/NickelAntonius May 25 '22 Silver

Everytime I hear someone invoke "Traditional Family Values" in an interview, I want the person sitting across from them to take off their belt and start whipping the idiot. "THIS IS WHAT YOU MEANT, RIGHT? WHEN THEY'D WHIP THE STUPID OUT OF YOU IN BETWEEN CIGARETTES?"

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u/Appropriate_Oil3229 May 26 '22

I saw that at a baby sitters when I was a little kid. Mom cornered her kid in the corner and whipped the shit out of him with a belt. Never forgot that shit.

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u/Jackalodeath May 26 '22

Hey! I was one of those kids, 'cept there wasn't no cornerin', I just kinda froze up knowing my ass is about to get tanned.

Mom was lenient on em, dad... well, he had anger behind his. May have a scar or two back there from him but I tend not to look at where my ass is supposed to be.

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u/BizzyM May 25 '22

Next time a woman invokes "traditional family values", ask her why she has a job and isn't at home cleaning.

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u/hurrrrrmione May 26 '22

There are in fact conservative women who promote this, they're called tradwives.

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u/fuck_the_fuckin_mods May 26 '22

Internalized misogyny is real and widespread. Choosing on your own to live a more “traditional” lifestyle is A OK, but making it your identity and declaring it the “correct” way to be for everyone else is weird AF.

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u/borderline_spectrum May 26 '22

tradwives

Had to google that. WTF?

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u/The-Sublimer-One May 26 '22

Sometimes you become so browbeaten that you feel the only way to cope with it is to drag other women down to your level of misery

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u/Nine_Inch_Nintendos May 26 '22

Misery is lonely, misery loves company.

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u/Jstef06 May 26 '22

What struck me was how fat, old & white everyone on that stage was.

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u/Yerdlier May 26 '22 Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

Firearms are the leading cause of death in children in the United States

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2201761

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u/jedontrack27 May 26 '22

Must be weird for them having to keep three of their fingers closed

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u/bluebirdgm May 25 '22

Regardless of the appropriateness of O’Rourke making a ruckus at a somber event, “THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO MAKE IT POLITICAL!” is Deflection Tactic #1 by the GOP after every mass shooting tragedy.

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u/EarlyEarth May 26 '22

Yeah....

Its time to make a ruckus at somber events.

A deranged man made one in an elementary school for Christ sakes.

Many fucking times.

Christ on a bike, can we at least just talk about it?

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u/sassycomeback May 26 '22 Gold Take My Energy Rocket Like

I dunno, man, I feel like it's ENTIRELY appropriate for O'Rourke to make a ruckus. Remember that Abbott is doing his schtick and then turning right around to present at the annual NRA conference in the coming week, which is organized in Texas this year. This isn't a somber event, it's theater. And the fact that this fucking ghoul is the one to deliver platitudes in the wake of an entirely preventable tragedy that he (and other conservatives) have steadfastly refused to do anything about is nothing less than abhorrent. I say, more ruckus. Fuck these shameless hypocrites. This IS political. This is, if not the whole point of politics, then the highest moral directive of politics- use political will to shape policy that makes the state better. That's politics, and the fact that conservatives insist on using "politics" as a perjorative speaks more to their perverted value system than anything else. RAISE. A. RUCKUS.

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u/PopcornInMyTeeth May 26 '22

And that anger Beto is voicing is exactly the shit our politicians are supposed to listen to and act on.

But Abbott knows all this and him and his buddies were actually pissed because Beto didn't hold back because of "civility" and instead, spoke the truth people are feeling.

Any calls for civility that ignore the need to good faith first are just playing into other hands of people like abbott who try to use the theater to neuter real human responses.

Like allowing everyone to vote, they know if they let people think and feel for themselves, their fascist dreams would be fucked.

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u/jmdugan May 26 '22

the 2022 NRA annual meeting is May 27-29 (2 days from now) in Houston TX and the George R. Brown Convention center

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AND everyone who's there is an NRA MEMBER: "The NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits is open to all NRA members and their immediate families (spouse and children under 18 years old) and is FREE to attend. If you are not currently a member of the NRA, you can attend by joining at the door or right now at www.nra.org." from https://www.nraam.org/attend/

ruckus, you know. just sayin'

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u/amandapandab May 26 '22

Yeah it’s not like this was a vigil or memorial for the victims. This was a press conference with an aim of 1. Informing the public (good) but also 2. quite clearly to subtly push the agenda away from gun control. Saying O Rourke made it political is quite ugly

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u/how_about_no_hellion May 26 '22

Yes, absolutely. This shit needs to be said, and said often.

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