Encircled by individual Republicans on a secondary school stage,

Gov. Greg Abbott was wrapping up his introductory statements....

..about the killing of younger students and educators in Uvalde, Texas,

when Beto O'Rourke stepped forward from his seat in the crowd.

"Gov. Abbott, I have a remark," the Democrat testing Abbott for lead representative this fall said Wednesday,

pointing a finger at his opponent.

 "An opportunity to stop the following shooting is the present moment, 

and you are sitting idle."

A blend of boos and cheers ascended from the group as the previous representative.

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