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Furious Beto O'Rourke says Texas shooting that left five dead is 'f***ed up' and urges Congress to act on gun control in expletive-laden rant just one month after the massacre in his hometown El Paso

Former Texas representative and Democratic presidential nominee hopeful Beto O'Rourke said Saturday's mass shooting in West Texas 'is f**ked up' and blasted Congress for not doing enough to stop gun violence. 
At least five people were dead after a gunman who hijacked a postal service vehicle in West Texas shot 21 people, authorities said Saturday. The gunman was killed and three law enforcement officers were among the injured.
While speaking during a campaign stop rally for Dan Helmer in Fairfax Station, Virginia, Saturday, not long after news of the mass shooting broke, O'Rourke addressed the situation. 

Democratic presidential nominee hopeful Beto O'Rourke reacted to news of the West Texas mass shooting by saying that the situation is 'f**ked up'
Democratic presidential nominee hopeful Beto O'Rourke reacted to news of the West Texas mass shooting by saying that the situation is 'f**ked up'
O'Rourke was at a Virginia campaign stop when he spoke about the mass shooting that earlier in the day in his home state. He said Congress wasn't doing enough to stop gun violence
'Not sure how many gunmen, not sure how many people have been shot,' he said. 
'Don't know how many people have been killed, the condition of those who have survived. Don't know what the motivation is, do not yet know the firearms that were used, or how they acquired them. 
'But we do know that this is f**ked up,' he said
O'Rourke went on to blame Congress for the ever-increasing amount of gun violence, since they refuse to pass meaningful gun laws. 
'There is no reason that we have to accept this as our fortune. And yet functionally, right now, we have,' he said, adding that Congress 'will not even pass universal background checks or close those loopholes that allow people to buy a firearm when they should not be able to.'
O'Rourke, who is from El Paso, Texas, has been vocal about gun control in the days since the racially-motivated fatal mass shooting in his hometown on August 3, which left 22 dead and 24 injured.

When O'Rourke was in El Paso the day after the shooting, he was caught on camera swearing in response to a reporter's question of what Donald Trump 'can do now to make this any better'.  
'What do you think? You know the sh**t he’s been saying,' O'Rourke said. 'He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the f**k?' 
On August 17, O'Rourke made a surprise stop at the show in Conway, Arkansas, where he discussed his plan to ban assault weapons and create an assault weapon buyback program plan with gun owners and vendors.  
After news of the Odessa, Texas, shooting broke, O'Rourke also tweeted, in both English and Spanish, 'Our hearts are with Midland, Odessa, and everyone in West Texas who has to endure this again. More information is forthcoming, but here's what we know: We need to end this epidemic.'   
Almost all of the other Democrats running for the presidential nomination took to Twitter to express their condolences and outrage over yet another mass shooting. 
Fellow Texan Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, posted multiple tweets calling for action. 
'Again? It’s what we all say every time we first hear the news. We wait for the count of how many were killed. We wait for the details. The motive. The weapon. We cite statistics and call for action. We express outrage over how often we have to express outrage,' Castro wrote
'We have to be more honest with ourselves. This is going to happen again. And again. It might happen tomorrow. In fact, statistically it will. There’s been more mass shootings than days this year. More will continue to die, every single day, until we actually do something.
'The worst thing I’ve seen in the wake of each shooting is a sentiment like "This is what life in America is like. Get over it." How can we accept this? What would it take for us to actually change? It happening in our community? Losing a loved one? Being shot ourselves?'
Castro also tweeted: 'A 17 month old baby was shot in the face today. My heart is with those parents. That should not happen anywhere on this planet. It shouldn’t happen in this country. It shouldn’t happen in Texas. 
'I want to reach out to Republicans in the Senate, who refuse to act, who refuse to move on gun reform, and I want to ask them: What is the number? How many Americans are you willing to sacrifice to the NRA?'
He wrapped up his tweets about the mass shooting by writing: 'My prayers are with our country and with West Texas tonight—not prayers that absolve us from inaction—but that we will each find the strength within us to act. To act boldly, swiftly, so that one day our grandchildren won’t believe the stories of what these days were like.'
Sen. Elizabeth Warren also called for Congress to act on the gun control front.  
'I'm heartsick for the victims of this latest mass shooting in Odessa and Midland,' Warren wrote. 'We shouldn't have to live with this near daily fear and horror. We've already lost far too many to gun violence—Congress must act now.'
Like Castro, entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Sen. Kamala Harris invoked acting on behalf of future generations. 
'The Odessa shooting is horrific - people shot randomly in a shopping center for no reason,' Yang wrote. 'My heart goes out to the families of the dead and wounded, including our brave law enforcement officers. We must do all we can to curb the scourge of gun violence in this country.'
He added: 'We are the only country that struggles with gun violence at this level. Other countries respond to tragedy. We must as well. Our people deserve better than to live in fear and be struck down at random. We are better than this. We will do better for our kids.'
Harris tweeted, 'Keeping the Midland and Odessa community and the victims in my thoughts and prayers. Grateful to first responders who ran into harm's way. I’m sick of this. America is sick of this. We need to act.'
She also wrote, 'I'm heartbroken for the families of the victims in the Odessa and Midland shooting. Our children deserve a future without multiple mass shootings in one month. We need gun safety reform.'
Pete Buttigieg, an Afghanistan veteran and the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, kept his response short and to the point: 'Enough. Texas, my heart is with you. America, we must act.' 
Retired Navy officer and former Pennsylvania representative Joe Setak wrote, 'Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Texas. And we are thankful for law enforcement being there to deal with this very dangerous situation. This continued violence in the United States shakes all of us.' 
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan tweeted: 'Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Texas. And we are thankful for law enforcement being there to deal with this very dangerous situation. This continued violence in the United States shakes all of us.' 
Montana governor Steve Bullock referenced the Friday night's mass shooting in Mobile, Alabama, during which nine people were shot while attending a high school football game.  
'Last night, 10 people were shot in Alabama,' Bullock wrote. 'We are going to learn more about what happened tonight in Midland — but what we do know is that countless lives were changed forever. This is not normal.'
Former Vice President Joe Biden expressed his condolences on behalf of himself and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden. 
'I’m heartbroken, sickened, & angry,' Biden wrote. 'Weeks after the horror in El Paso, another community in Texas has been terrorized by gun violence. Enough. We must end this epidemic. @DrBiden & I send our thoughts to those affected & thank our law enforcement who responded at great risk.'
Like O'Rourke, former Maryland representative John Delaney and philanthropist Tom Steyer presented specifics on the kind of gun control action that he's calling for. 
'Another tragic mass shooting,' Delaney wrote. 'We have to take action. Universal background checks, banning assault weapons, red flag laws and more. People deserve to be safe driving down the highway, going to church, going to school, everywhere.'
'My heart breaks for the West Texas and Alabama communities that are reeling from gun violence this Labor Day weekend. Congress must pass emergency gun legislation immediately,' Steyer tweeted
Sen. Cory Booker, meanwhile, tweeted about what he would do should he become president.   
'Beginning on Day One in office, I will take executive action to reduce gun violence—closing dangerous loopholes in gun sales, cracking down on gun manufacturers, and investing in communities impacted by gun violence,' Booker wrote. 
He also tweeted: 'A 17-month-old baby. It’s perverse that we live in a society where this is allowed to happen. My heart goes out to all those affected by today’s mass shootings in Odessa and Midland, Texas.' 
New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio and Wayne Messam, mayor of Miramar, Florida, criticized the usual Republican lawmaker response to news reports of fatal mass shootings. 
Messam wrote: 'No more tweets from another law maker about gun violence until you all do something about it. Who are we fooling? The moral verdict has already been given when America allowed children to be murdered at #SandyHook and Congress did nothing about it.' 
'They’ll send thoughts and prayers to Odessa and Midland. Like they did after El Paso. They’ll stall and wait out the anger. Like they do every time,' DeBlasio tweeted
'We have to BREAK the cycle. We need leaders to LEAD. Mitch McConnell: Bring the Senate back to pass commonsense gun control NOW.'
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, meanwhile, wrote, 'More shootings. More tragic losses. Again in Texas. I wanted us to go back to work in the Senate weeks ago to pass the bills to start fixing this. They didn’t. No more of the same playbook: (1) promises made; (2) NRA meeting; (3) promises broken. We need to act.'
The Odessa shooting in took place Saturday afternoon. 
Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said Saturday that in addition to the injured officers, there were at least 21 civilian shooting victims. He said at least five people died, but he did not say whether the shooter was included among that body count.  
The shooting began with a traffic stop where gunfire was exchanged with police, setting off a chaotic afternoon during which the suspect hijacked a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and began firing at random in the area of Odessa and Midland, hitting multiple people. 
Cell phone video showed people running out of the movie theater, and as Odessa television station KOSA aired breaking developments on live TV, their broadcast was interrupted by police telling them they had to clear the area.
Police initially reported that there could be more than one shooter, but Gerke says authorities now believe it was only one.
'Once this individual was taken out of the picture, there have been no more victims,' Gerke said.
Gerke described the suspect as a white male in his 30s. He did not name him but said he has some idea who he is.
The shooter was shot and killed by police in the parking lot of the Cinergy movie theater in Odessa on Saturday. 
Russell Tippin, CEO of Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, said 14 shooting victims were being treated at the hospital Saturday evening but he did not give their conditions or other information about the victims. Social workers and professional counselors are at the hospital to provide support to the families of shooting victims, Tippin said. He also said the hospital has been locked down for that safety of the staff and patients.
'Right now the hospital is stable, it's secure,' Tippin said.
Dustin Fawcett was sitting in his truck at a Starbucks in Odessa when he heard at least six gunshots ring out less than 50 yards behind him.
At first, he thought it might have been a tire blowing but he heard more shots and spotted a white sedan with a passenger window that had been shattered. That's when he thought, 'Oh man, this is a shooting.'
Fawcett, 28, an Odessa transportation consultant, 'got out to make sure everyone was safe' but found that no one had been struck by the gunfire nearby. He said a little girl was bleeding, but she hadn't been shot, and that he found out she was grazed in the face.
Fawcett said authorities responded quickly and when police pulled out their rifles and vests he knew that 'this is not a drive-by. This is something else, this is something bigger.'
Vice President Mike Pence said following the shooting that President Donald Trump and his administration 'remain absolutely determined' to work with leaders in both parties in Congress to take such steps 'so we can address and confront this scourge of mass atrocities in our country.'
Preparing to fly to Poland, Pence told reporters that Trump is 'fully engaged' and closely monitoring the investigation. He said, 'Our hearts go out to all the victims, the families and loved ones.' He also commended law enforcement 'for their swift, courageous response.'
Pence said Trump has deployed the federal government in response to the shootings. He says Trump has spoken to the attorney general and that the FBI is already assisting local law enforcement.
Odessa is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Midland. Both are more than 300 miles (483 kilometers) west of Dallas.




1 comment:

  1. Former Texas representative and FORMER Democratic presidential nominee hopeful Beto

    OK beto what would do if you were at shooting venue? Would you slap the shooter with your beta hand? Would you ask him to stop with your beta voice.

    MANY Texans would shoot the sob with their semi-auto GUN and save lives.

    beto you are a MOUTH and nothing else.

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