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Democrat O'Rourke thinks shooting will impact Texas governor's race

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After he pleaded for action against the proliferation of high-powered guns across America and in his home state of Texas in the wake of the Texas shooting, Democrat Beto O'Rourke gave his longshot presidential campaign a boost.

After being charged with murder in Texas last week for the killing of 19 elementary school students and two teachers by an 18-year-old man armed with an AR-15-style rifle, O'Rourke again briefly captured the national spotlight as he ran for governor. This time around, that meant forcibly disrupting the news conference of Greg Abbott, the Republican he wants to unseat, and declaring publicly that the carnage was on him.

The former congressman was running for president in 2019, weeks after a gunman targeted Mexican immigrants at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, killing 23 people. During a debate, O'Rourke declared, "Hell, yes, we're gonna take your AR-15."

30 May 2022


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