Beto O’Rourke was among several Democratic presidential candidates who spoke out after the shooting Saturday in Odessa and Midland, Texas.
His comments at a campaign stop in Virginia came after five people died and at least 21 others were injured after a shooting Saturday in Odessa and Midland. At least 21 people were shot, two of whom are police officers, Midland Mayor Jerry Morales said, according to CNN.
As in response to his headline-grabbing response to a shooting several weeks ago in his native El Paso, Texas, O’Rourke dropped an f-bomb.
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“We do know that this is f—ed up. We know that this has to stop in our country,” he told a small crowd of supporters, earning cheers.
O’Rourke also recalled that he recently promised that if elected president, he would “institute a mandatory buyback of every assault weapon in America.”
We don't know how many have been killed. We don't know the motivation. But here's what we do know: This is fucked up. pic.twitter.com/NRvyPfUjiM
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 1, 2019
O’Rourke, who is trailing in the polls, repeated his “This is f—ed up line” later in the day during an appearance on CNN.
Fellow Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, have also endorsed buybacks, and other candidates have laid out their own plans for stricter gun control.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Saturday called on Congress to act.
“I’m heartsick for the victims of this latest mass shooting in Odessa and Midland. We shouldn’t have to live with this near daily fear and horror. We’ve already lost far too many to gun violence — Congress must act now,” she said.
I'm heartsick for the victims of this latest mass shooting in Odessa and Midland. We shouldn't have to live with this near daily fear and horror. We've already lost far too many to gun violence—Congress must act now. https://t.co/Hgdb7h6kpI
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 31, 2019
Sen. Kamala Harris issued a similar statement.
“I’m sick of this. America is sick of this,” the California Democrat said in a tweet Saturday. “We need to act.”
Keeping the Midland and Odessa community and the victims in my thoughts and prayers. Grateful to first responders who ran into harm's way.
I’m sick of this. America is sick of this.
We need to act.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 31, 2019
Harris has seen her support sag over the past few weeks as other candidates appear to make inroads wish Democratic constituents.
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Pluralist contributed to this report.
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