Senate moving on gun legislation but questions about Uvalde shooting response deepen families’ pain

Senate moving on gun legislation but questions about Uvalde shooting response deepen families' pain

Attendees light candles during a memorial on May 25 held for the 19 children and two teachers who were killed by an 18-year-old gunman at Robb Elementary School the day before. It’s becoming increasingly clear these parents were failed by a federal and state system that could not fulfill its basic governing duty — ensuring the safety and well-being of their children, in this case from an 18-year-old who had legally bought a high-powered rifle that killed them in their classroom. How law enforcement’s narrative of the Uvalde massacre has changed And it appears that those 19 dead children and two dead teachers were also failed by law enforcement officers, who waited one hour, 14 minutes and eight seconds to breach the classroom where the shooter wreaked his carnage, according to evidence that emerged at a harrowing hearing in the Texas state legislature on Tuesday. The awful possibility is also emerging that some of the children could still be alive if police had followed mass shooter procedures recommended since the Columbine school massacre in 1999 to take down the assailant as soon as possible. It seems that the lives of police officers may have been prioritized ahead of those of defenseless kids. The Uvalde parents are not the first mourning relatives to have been let down by governing institutions. It happened after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, just as it did after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, when it […]

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