O’Rourke went outside and continued his mobile press conference, calling on Texans and al Americans to demand their corrupt officials make the changes most Americans want. It is a heavy lift, as the deal with the devil that the GOP has made means literal dancing on the memorial of dead children.
On Friday, hundreds, if not thousands, of people descended on downtown Houston to protest and hold a rally in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center, where the NRA was holding their annual gun-masturbation convention. So while NRA head Wayne LaPierre focused on the “criminal monster” with a gun, and disgraced former president Donald Trump told the “gun lobby” that they weren’t to blame for successfully lobbying for zero gun safety laws—including those that legally allowed an 18-year-old to access an AR-15 and thousands of bullets—Beto was outside giving an inspiring speech about actually doing something to end gun violence.
He called for action. Action that should have happened after the mass shooting in Buffalo, action that should have happened after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, in Columbine, in Parkland, at Sandy Hook Elementary.
“The time to stop the next mass shooting is right now,” Beto said.
He reminded gun advocates that Americans who demand sensible gun safety laws are not the enemy, but that they needed to be part of the solution to mass shootings and dead children, not a hindrance. “We can no longer wait for you,” he spoke to the back of the crowd, facing the George R. Brown Convention Center where cowards like Sen. Ted Cruz told the NRA donors that “tragedies like the event of this week are a mirror forcing us to ask hard questions, demanding that we see where our culture is failing,” while following that up by saying we can’t do anything.
Beto addressed people like Cruz, saying: “To the leaders of the NRA, and to those politicians who you have purchased … to those men and women in positions of power, who care more about your power than using that power to save the lives of those that you are supposed to serve, we will defeat you and we will overcome you.”
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