Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was greeted with boos and jeers upon his arrival in Uvalde on Sunday, days after the deadliest school shooting in the state’s history.
“We need change, Governor,” one man can be heard shouting in a video of the moment that has since gone viral.
Abbott, a Republican, has faced intense criticism since an 18-year-old gunman with an AR-15 rifle opened fire at Robb Elementary School on May 24, killing 19 children and two teachers.
Abbott skipped a National Rifle Association convention in Houston and made his way to Uvalde amid mounting criticism for relaxing gun laws after Texas experienced a spate of mass shootings in recent years.
Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman who ran against Abbott in the state’s gubernatorial race, has led the prosecution, criticizing him for “doing nothing” to prevent a slaughter in his state.
“That’s on your bill,” the Democrat told Abbott after crashing a news conference last week.
“Abbott should have acted to Sutherland Springs, to Santa Fe, to Midland-Odessa, to El Paso. He declined tweeted on Sunday, referring to other shootings in Texas in recent years.
But while O’Rourke hopes the Uvalde shooting will rock the governor’s race, it remains to be seen if it will have the impact he hopes in deep red Texas, where gun culture looms large.
Even if Texans angered Abbott, voters may not be enough to oust him and elect a Democrat in November
He was twice elected governor of Texas by a landslide, while a Democrat has not won the governorship of Texas since 1990. Democrats have also been barred from state office since 1994.
Recent polls show O’Rourke faces an uphill battle to topple Abbott. A survey of Dallas morning news Released in mid-May, O’Rourke shows he is 39 percent behind in the polls, compared to Abbott’s 46 percent.
And while polls on the Texas governor’s race, conducted since the shooting, have yet to be released, bookies say O’Rourke’s chances of defeating Abbott in November remain slim even after the massacre.
But some experts believe more Texas voters could support the idea that the only way to prevent future massacres is to get rid of politicians believed to be under the gun lobby’s spell.
O’Rourke’s actions “draw attention to actual views of Texans on gun control that may not align with Abbott’s 100 percent NRA-certified platitudes,” said Mark Shanahan, an associate professor in the university’s Department of Politics and International Relations Reading in Washington UK, previously said news week.
“In between, he will tell Texans at every opportunity that the only way for changes that could hold up Uvaldes in the future is to get rid of politicians who are believed to be in the pockets of the gun lobby — a lobby that is becoming fewer and fewer.” Texan represents. “
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