Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) went on a profanity-laced tirade on CNN after the mass shooting in Odessa and Midland, Texas that has now taken seven lives and wounded 20 at last count. CNN did not bleep out the vulgarity either. Evidently, if it is a Democrat and it concerns gun control, anything goes regardless of the rules.
“Not sure how many gunmen, not sure how many people have been shot, don’t know how many people have been killed, the conditions of those who have survived,” O’Rourke told a crowd in Fairfax Station, Virginia. “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, this is f****ed up,” he continued amid laughs and applause. Why is that funny? Is that nervous laughter or that they just don’t care that people have died over all this? None of Beto’s grandstanding concerning those who lost their lives this weekend is going to stop this violence. Gun control won’t either – it will make it, however, far, far worse.
From The Daily Wire:
“Despite admittedly having no information regarding the deadly event that occurred only hours earlier, the Democratic presidential hopeful criticized the United States Congress for not enacting anti-gun legislation such as passing universal background checks and abolishing the Dickey Amendment, which prevents the government from using taxpayer money to advocate for gun control.
“The Odessa Police Department later confirmed that seven people were killed and more than 20 injured when a gunman opened fire after he was pulled over by Texas troopers during a traffic stop.
“After facing mounting pressure to end his struggling presidential bid and drop out of the race, O’Rourke instead re-launched his campaign in August declaring that his anti-Second Amendment platform would be his primary focusing going forward.
We don't know how many have been killed. We don't know the motivation. But here's what we do know: This is fucked up. pic.twitter.com/NRvyPfUjiM
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 1, 2019
“Days later, the failed Senate candidate endorsed an expansive set of gun control policy measures crafted by a group of anti-gun former Parkland students. The proposal demands a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and magazines above the standard capacity, red flag laws, universal background checks, increasing the purchase age to 21, and prohibiting more than one firearm purchase per month.
“It would further implement federally mandated safe storage requirements and a government-run gun confiscation program, where Americans would be required to hand over any “assault weapons.”
“O’Rourke defended his use of the swear word the following day while appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“The rhetoric that we’ve used, the ‘thoughts and prayers’ that you just referred to, it has done nothing to stop the epidemic of gun violence, to protect our kids, our families, our fellow Americans in public places,” O’Rourke told host Dana Bash.
“So yes, this is f****ed up, and if we don’t call it out for what it is, if we’re not able to speak clearly, if we’re not able to act decisively, then we will continue to have this kind of bloodshed in America,” he continued. “I cannot accept that, and so we’re going to speak as defiantly and as strongly as we can, but we’re also going to take action – universal background checks, red flag laws, an end to the sales of weapons of war and buying those AK-47s and AR-15s back so that they cannot be used against our fellow Americans.”
“The former Texas congressman also defended his support for a nationwide gun confiscation program on all “assault weapons” after the USA Today editorial board contended the policy goes too far and would even hamper the pro-gun-control movement.
“More than I worry about the politics or the polling, more than I care about what the NRA has to say on this, I care for my kids, and this country, and people who live in terror every day, people in El Paso – Mexican Americans who say, ‘I feel like I have a target on my back; I’m afraid to go out in public’ – kids who, thinking about going to school tomorrow, having gone through active shooter drills, already know which bookcase they’re going to pull down, which window they’re going to jump out of,” O’Rourke responded when confronted with the editorial.
“This is not right and we should not accept it,” he continued. “We should be honest with ourselves. Universal background checks will help, ending the sales of weapons of war will help, but if millions of them remain on the streets they will still be instruments of terror that terrify and terrorize us and take our lives.”‘
Profanity is not the f-bomb. What is profane is a 17 month-old baby being shot in the face. pic.twitter.com/mUuK12Rxbp
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 1, 2019
From Fox News:
“On Saturday, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said the injured included three law enforcement officers.
“The Texas Department of Public Safety said the gunman’s rampage began when two troopers attempted to stop a gold car on Interstate 20 westbound at 3:13 p.m.
“Prior to the vehicle coming to a complete stop, the male driver (and only occupant in the vehicle) pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his car and fired several shots toward the DPS patrol unit,” the DPS sad. “The patrol unit was occupied by two troopers, and one was hit by the gunfire.”
“The suspect fled the scene and continued shooting innocent people, including a Midland police officer and an Odessa police officer. The trooper is in serious but stable condition, and the two other officers are in stable condition at a local hospital,” the department said.
“After the initial shooting, the suspect continued west into Odessa and shot another person on Interstate 20 before driving around the eastern part of the city, where there are multiple crime scenes and victims, the official said. At some point, the subject stole a mail van and committed additional shootings, officials said.
“The suspect then traveled back east in the stolen mail truck toward the movie theater, where various law enforcement agencies contacted him. Gunfire was exchanged, and the suspect was killed.”
Any emergency will do to push gun control. O’Rourke is taking advantage of this tragedy to put his name in the headlines once again. It smacks of desperation because his bid for the Democratic 2020 nomination has tanked and he virtually has no chance of getting the nod. He’s now using the death of a 17-month-old child to push a political agenda. It’s disgusting.
The shooter was white and had stolen a mail truck and the police took him out. O’Rourke immediately appeared on “State of the Union” to discuss the shooting rampage without having any of the facts of the mass shooting at all. “We’re averaging about 300 mass shootings a year, no other country comes close — so yes, this is f****ed up,” he told CNN. The number of shootings he quotes are untrue… look it up. And the reason we have bloodshed like this is progressivism, a lack of faith, broken family units, indoctrination in our schools, and a blatant non-adherence to the rule of law and the Constitution.
.@BetoORourke just dropped the F bomb live on CNN in his condemnation of gun violence & im just waiting for the GOP to express more outrage over this than over the 281 mass shootings Americans have already suffered this year😑pic.twitter.com/sest8yfiHp
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) September 1, 2019
Beto thinks profanity makes him more relatable and chic somehow. It doesn’t. He’s used the ‘F-bomb’ on Twitter, at rallies, and on television. It shows a low intellect and an inability to express himself with facts and truth rather than expletives. The ‘gun violence epidemic’ O’Rourke rails on and on about does not exist. But his pushing of publicity over unhinged killers certainly does cause more bloodshed. Beto O’Rourke is part of the problem here, not the solution.