Beto O’Rourke calls out Heckler laughing at Uvalde shooting, ‘It can be funny for you motherfucker’

Beto O’Rourke fired back at a heckler who burst out laughing Wednesday as the Texas gubernatorial candidate discussed the Uvalde school massacre.

O’Rourke was speaking to a crowd at a town hall in Mineral Wells during his 49-day tour of Texas when he began discussing the recent mass shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers.

“I will make sure now, 11 weeks after we lost 19 children and their two teachers, shot with a weapon originally designed for combat use, purchased legally by an 18-year-old who had no didn’t try to get one when he was 16 or 17 but followed the law, ladies and gentlemen, that says you can’t buy one, you can buy two or more if you want, AR- 15, hundreds of rounds, and take this weapon which was originally designed for use on the battlefields in Vietnam to penetrate an enemy soldier’s helmet at 500 feet and knock him down…”

It was then that a man could be heard laughing loudly in the background.

“Against 5 foot kids…it might be funny for you, motherfucker, but it’s not funny for me, okay?” said O’Rourke.

The crowd then erupted in applause, giving O’Rourke a standing ovation.

“We’re going to make sure that our kids who are starting their school year right now, that they don’t have to worry about someone walking into their school with a gun like this,” O’Rourke said. .

After the event, O’Rourke tweeted: “Uvalde’s parents are demanding action to address gun violence so no family has to go through what they are going through again. As Governor, I will work with them to deliver it.

According to footage posted on social media, the man was part of a group of counter-protesters and supporters of Governor Greg Abbott who were allegedly allowed into the premises.

In a video posted to Twitter by Roza Calderón, who confirmed to The Daily Beast that she was in the crowd at the time and was sitting “right in front of the counter-protesters”, police can be seen talking with the one of Abbott’s supporters who was reportedly among those laughing.

“Talking about the Uvalde massacre, every Abbott supporter laughed as hard as they could, like it was a joke,” she said.

She told The Daily Beast that a few groups of Abbott supporters showed up, including a group of women.

“The group of men you see in the video were there to upset the crowd,” Calderón said. “They were standing in the back talking loudly over the guest speaker. They made horribly racist or homophobic comments and laughed for a raise.

“I would say the whole room was trying to be cordial and welcoming to the Abbott people. When Beto stood up to speak, he repeated that we were ALL welcome to join in the discussion.

“When he talked about the Uvalde shooting, the men started heckling and laughing loudly. That’s when Beto made the comment. The men were visibly embarrassed and one of them started shouting as if he was going to teach Beto a lesson. The event staff tried to calm him down, but they couldn’t. A policeman was flagged down to help.

Calderón said the men “quietly left maybe 5-10 minutes after that exchange.”

O’Rourke, who appears in Republican Party strongholds, has been a strong supporter of gun control and more restrictive laws.

The footage has been widely shared online, with Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, praising O’Rourke: Shooting at Uvalde.

Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts urged voters to donate to the O’Rourke campaign and asked: ‘Please knock on doors for Beto. Please vote for Beto.

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