by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Charles Cooke of National Review Online explores the Texas gubernatorial candidate’s latest political spectacle.
Beto O’Rourke disgracefully interrupted a press conference about the shooting in Uvalde so that he could shout at Governor Greg Abbott.
O’Rourke told Abbott, “This is on you.”
I’d like to know what he meant by this. The only thing I can think of is that O’Rourke believes that Texas should have banned the AR-15 that the killer used in his spree. But, when asked about that very issue in February, O’Rourke made it clear that he opposed such a move. Here’s ABC:
“Speaking to reporters, O’Rourke also took a question about his controversial stance on guns and remarks made in 2019 about taking away AR-15s and AK-47s.”
“‘I’m not interested in taking anything from anyone. What I want to make sure that we do is defend the Second Amendment,’ he said. ‘I want to make sure that we protect our fellow Texans far better than we’re doing right now. And that we listen to law enforcement, which Greg Abbott refused to do. He turned his back on them when he signed that permitless carry bill that endangers the lives of law enforcement in a state that’s seen more cops and sheriff’s deputies gunned down than in any other.’”
Obviously, Texas’s permitless carry law has absolutely nothing to do with what happened in Uvalde. I’m sure that, before the day is out, the press will ask for a detailed explanation of what O’Rourke believes Abbott has done wrong.
In case you couldn’t see it, Cooke’s tongue was planted firmly in cheek when he typed that last line. This incident offers the latest evidence that O’Rourke lacks the sense necessary to achieve his political goals. As the Washington Free Beacon detailed last September, O’Rourke aims to make his mark as Texas’ biggest political loser.