Texas.- Governor Greg Abbot called a press conference at a high school to discuss what happened Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas. As he was about to conclude his opening speech on the tragedy where students and teaching staff died in a primary school, Beto O’Rourke, a gubernatorial candidate and leader of the state’s Democrats, stood up and left his place in the audience.
“Governor Abbott, I have something to say. The time to stop the next shooting is now, and you’re not doing anything.”O’Rourke said, pointing directly at the governor and accompanying Republican representatives.
Opinions were divided among the crowd. He was booed and applauded in equal measure as the Democratic leader tried raise your voice to discursively confront the Texan president. Ted Cruz, a Republican senator who was on the dais behind Abbott, asked him with a firm: “Sit down!” that he keep the forms. People in the audience called for the intervention of the opposition candidate “Let him speak!” one woman said, while Uvaldo Mayor McLaughlin addressed O’Rourke as a “sick son of a bitch.” Some cries could be heard as a result of the scene that the Texan political class was leading.
The press conference quickly changed direction by becoming a open debate on gun ownership, particularly assault rifles. Debate that is taking place simultaneously throughout the United States.
The Democratic Party advocates for a regulation of the indiscriminate sale of weapons that helps reduce the chances of mass shootings in supermarkets, movie theaters, shopping centers and, in particular, educational facilities. For its part, the Republican Party is a fervent second amendment advocate and among his plans is train teaching staff capable of dealing with this type of incident. His bet is to redouble efforts by training and putting weapons at the disposal of teachers and principals. It is a subject that they do not approach with too much enthusiasm, they prefer to avoid it at all costs.
“Right now we need all texans to put aside their agendasthink of someone other than themselves, think of the people who are hurt,” Abbott said, raising his voice immediately after O’Rourke was removed from the scene.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick took the floor to express his rejection of the politicization of the issue since “this is not a partisan issue,” he said.
For much of American society, mass shootings, particularly in schools, if they are a political issue. texan lawmakers have relaxed laws for access to all types of weapons who have been involved in massive violent incidents. What happened last Tuesday is added to a list of recent killings in the state.
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Abbott defended his mandate and that of state legislators, with a Republican majority, affirming that the measures implemented since 2019 are the “deeper” that have been taken in the USA to deal with the problem of school massacres. His efforts and those of his fellow party members are focused on attacking the problem from a mental health perspective and also on doubling security measures in schools. Restricting firearms is not even considered.
With information from the Associated Press.
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