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Beto Gets Brutally Mocked for Saying Church Shooting Shows Texas Gun Laws ‘Clearly’ Don’t Work

Failed Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke reacted to a weekend church shooting in White Settlement, Texas by criticizing the state’s gun laws.

O’Rourke, a proponent of stringent gun control measures who has called for national confiscation of firearms, said on Sunday in a tweet that the shooting shows “Clearly what we are doing in Texas, what we are doing in this country, when it comes to guns is not working.”C

The gunman opened fire during a service at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, killing two people with a shotgun before a member of the church’s voluntary security team shot him dead, authorities said. Other members of the licensed and trained security team also exchanged fire with the gunman, and one of them died, according to Jack Cummings, a minister at the church.

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Another minister, Britt Farmer, on Sunday thanked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and law enforcement for their quick responses to the shooting and told reporters he was grateful “our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves.”

Commenters on social media, especially gun rights advocates and conservatives, pushed back against O’Rourke’s remarks, arguing that the White Settlement shooting was an example of firearms measures working as they should.

A number of new laws designed to ease restrictions on firearms for Texans went into effect in September.

One of the bills, Senate Bill 535, enabled licensed handgun owners to carry in churches and other places of worship.

Some accused Beto of “gaslighting” his followers.

Others referenced the “good guys with guns” who stopped the shooter before he could claim more lives.

You left out the part where a good guy with a gun saved the day. Because of course you did, you’re an anti-gun p*ssy,” tweeted conservative actress and pro-gun advocate Mindy Robinson.

Christian conservator commentator Carmine Sabia contrasted Texas’ gun laws with New York’s more restrictive firearms measures.

“Texas is doing it right – an armed member of the congregation stopped it. Maybe read the whole story, Beta,” tweeted one commenter.

“Gov Abbott’s law saved lives, ya goob,” tweeted another.

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“This is one of the reasons the #2A was created so that families & communities could protect themselves from threats to safety. This example of exercising #2A rights worked by eliminating the threat nearly immediately. I’d say that’s a lot more effective than a gun free zone sign,” said Greg West, a former Special Forces operator.

Cover image: Beto O’Rourke receives a flu shot in a video shared to Instagram. (Screen shot)

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