Beto O’Rourke curses at heckler in viral video

August 11, 2022 0 By Cypher9ja

Beto O’Rourke on Wednesday cursed at a heckler who laughed at his remarks on the Uvalde school shooting during a campaign event in Mineral Wells, sparking a viral moment as the confrontation spread across the internet.

The encounter came as O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for governor, slammed the state laws that allowed the gunman who massacred 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School to legally purchase the AR-15-style rifle used in the shooting.

A heckler in the crowd laughed loudly after O’Rourke dropped to a knee and extended his arm while describing the weapon “originally designed for use on the battlefields in Vietnam to penetrate an enemy soldier’s helmet at 500 feet.”

O’Rourke, pointing at the heckler, responded: “It may be funny to you, (expletive), but it’s not funny to me.” The crowd erupted in cheers, before O’Rourke carried on with his stump speech.

The heckler appeared to be carrying a sign supporting Gov. Greg Abbott, O’Rourke’s Republican opponent, according to a video of the event livestreamed by Mineral Wells Area News, a local news organization.

O’Rourke, who made his first statewide run in 2018 when he tried unsuccessfully to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, rose to national prominence that year for a number of viral campaign moments, including his response to a question about NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem.

During his run for president the following year, O’Rourke famously called for a mandatory buyback of AR-15 and AK-47 rifles — then in February this year appeared to walk back that stance, telling a crowd in East Texas he’s “not interested in taking anything from anyone.”

Since the Uvalde shooting, O’Rourke has renewed his calls for more aggressive gun reforms, though he has focused on more widely supported measures, such as requiring background checks for all gun buyers and passing so-called red flag laws, which would temporarily remove firearms from people deemed a danger to themselves or others.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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