AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke was in Austin Friday evening, speaking about protecting Texas children.
The event comes a week and half after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed.
O’Rourke spoke to a packed room of parents and people concerned about gun violence at the town hall. The candidate held a similar event in Dallas on Wednesday.
O’Rourke has repeatedly criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, saying he could have done more to prevent mass shootings in the state.
“The time to stop the next shooting is right now, and you are doing nothing,” O’Rourke told Abbott after interrupting a news briefing the day after the Uvalde shooting.
On Wednesday, Gov. Abbott asked school districts to fast-track their school safety audit reports. These reports are typically due every three years, and the deadline was previously set for September 2023.
The same day, he requested Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Dade Phelan begin special legislative committees to develop recommendations on “school safety, mental health, social media, police training, firearm safety, and more.”