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The Associated Press reports that "Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school" while the shooter was inside killing 19 fourth-graders and two teachers, but that it actually took between 40 minutes and an hour before a tactical team from the Border Patrol entered the classroom and killed the shooter. The good guys with guns stood by, it seems.
“Go in there! Go in there!” nearby women shouted at the officers soon after the attack began, said Juan Carranza, 24, who saw the scene from outside his house, across the street from Robb Elementary School in the close-knit town of Uvalde. Carranza said the officers did not go in.
Remember how in 2020 the freaking US Attorney General of the United States (and all of rightwing media) insisted we needed to be more appreciative of police and stop complaining when they killed unarmed Black people, or maybe someday a terrible thing would happen and there'd be no police to save the day? Seems like that's already the case in Uvalde, although we haven't seen any reports that the town ever tried to "defund" its police.
Video posted to Twitter shows parents and bystanders pleading with cops to go into the school; most of the police and sheriffs' deputies appear to be carrying assault rifles and wearing body armor, but they appear mostly intent on crowd control. It's incredibly difficult to watch.
\u201c\u201cGo in there!\u201d New video- bystanders and anguished parents outside Robb Elementary in Uvalde Texas plead with heavily armed officers to enter the school while the shooting was taking place. Instead they do crowd control while the shooter was active inside for nearly an hour.\u201d— Mike Sington (@Mike Sington) 1653563087
Maybe our focus is wrong here. Maybe we should be grateful none of the inaction heroes shot a parent out of fear for his life.
The Washington Post reports that while there certainly were police on the scene very quickly, they weren't particularly kinetic in their initial response to the shooter. More like inert, which led some of the onlookers to discuss going in to try to save the town's kids themselves. Javier Cazares, whose nine-year-old daughter Jacklyn was killed by the shooter, told WaPo he was only about a half mile away from Robb Elementary when he heard about the attack:
Within minutes, Cazares said, he and at least four other men who had children in the school were huddled near the building’s front door. Then the fathers started hearing gunfire coming from the building.
“There were five or six of [us] fathers, hearing the gunshots, and [police officers] were telling us to move back,” Cazares said. “We didn’t care about us. We wanted to storm the building. We were saying, ‘Let’s go’ because that is how worried we were, and we wanted to get our babies out.”
On the shooter's way into the school, officials said, he "encountered" a school security officer; the AP says there are "conflicting reports" as to whether that officer shot at the killer. In addition, once inside the school, the shooter fired on two Uvalde cops, injuring them. He went into the fourth-grade classroom of co-teachers Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, where he barricaded himself. All the fatal shootings occurred in that classroom, according to police.
At a presser yesterday, Texas state law enforcement briefers emphasized the heroism of all the responding police, which seems out of synch with witness accounts and the briefers' own estimates of how long the shooter was allowed to go about killing before officers actually went into the room to confront him.
He “barricaded himself by locking the door and just started shooting children and teachers that were inside that classroom,” Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Department of Public Safety told CNN. “It just shows you the complete evil of the shooter.” [...]
Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw told reporters that 40 minutes to an hour elapsed from when Ramos opened fire on the school security officer to when the tactical team shot him, though a department spokesman said later that they could not give a solid estimate of how long the gunman was in the school or when he was killed.
As a fig leaf for what witnesses said was a too-slow response, McCraw insisted, “The bottom line is law enforcement was there [...] They did engage immediately. They did contain [the shooter] in the classroom.”
Why yes, that "containment" seems to be precisely what people are furious about. Carranza, the neighbor who saw people screaming for cops to "go in there," told the AP the cops should have gone into the school more quickly: "There were more of them. There was just one of him."
The AP story also reports another insane detail: according to an anonymous law enforcement source, Border Patrol agents who responded to the scene were unable to break down the door of the classroom where the shooter had barricaded himself. Instead, they had to ask a member of school staff to open the door with a key. So hooray for the school having more secure doors than the average apartment where cops serving no-knock warrants easily break down doors and shoot the residents, or if the residents are lucky, just their dogs.
Stories of incredible bravery by the two teachers, and even by some of the children who died, are emerging. One of the little girls killed in the attack, Amerie Jo Garza, 10, had tried to call 911 on the cell phone she'd been given for her birthday two weeks ago. Her father, Angel Garza, is an EMT who was helping the wounded, and learned of his daughter's death while he was treating Amerie's best friend, who'd escaped the shooting but was covered in blood.
The Post reports that parent Miguel Cerrillo said his daughter Miah survived the shooting but was covered in blood when he got to the school. Miah had seen teacher Eva Mireles get shot. Miah then picked up the phone Mireles dropped and also called 911.
We'll just warn you that the next two blockquoted paragraphs are painful to read, you can skip if you want.
One of her classmates also was shot, Cerrillo’s daughter said, and bleeding. She decided to lie on top of the girl so the gunman would think they were both dead. At first her friend was still breathing, but she died before help arrived, Miah said, according to Cerrillo’s account.
His daughter’s left side, from her neck all the way down her back, was lacerated by small bullet fragments, and her hair was singed by gunfire. At Uvalde Memorial Hospital, doctors disinfected and bandaged the cuts but decided against removing the fragments. Miah was discharged late Tuesday evening and spent the night seized with fear, telling her father to get his gun because “he’s going to come get us.”
We don't know for sure that police would have made it into the locked classroom soon enough to save any of the children who died. Perhaps the little girl being shielded by another little girl would not have made it even if cops had broken down the door immediately. But the officers standing around for anywhere between 40 and 60 minutes certainly don't appear to have saved a single life Tuesday. And if all those cops can't stop a bad guy with a gun, how about we STFU about arming teachers, who have a pretty important job already that shouldn't have to involve taking on anyone with an assault rifle. The guns are the problem.
There will be investigations and lawsuits. Maybe some higher-ups will lose their jobs. But why, over two decades after Columbine supposedly made "secure the perimeter" obsolete, did it take so inexplicably long for police to act?
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Herschel Walker Will Stop Mass Shootings With Department Of Looking At Young Men Who Are Looking At Young Women Who Are Looking At Social Media
Finally, a fresh new idea for stopping mass shootings!
When we last checked in with OFFICIAL REPUBLICAN GEORGIA SENATE NOMINEE Herschel Walker, he was expressing shock and surprise to learn that Donald Trump thinks the 2020 election was stolen. What? Donald Trump? Thinks the election was stolen? Herschel Walker had never heard him say that! Reporters say that! Not Donald Trump. Pshaw and hooey and poppycock!
Of course, that was earlier in the week. Now Republicans have shifted into Blame New Mass Shooting On Stuff That Isn't Guns mode. And never let it be said that Herschel Walker does not have new ideas. Try this one on for size:
\u201cHerschel Walker's solution to school shootings involves "a department that can look at young men that's looking at women that's looking at social media."\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1653571799
WALKER: There is a person wielding that weapon. You know, Cain killed Abel. You know, and that's a problem that we have. And I said what we need to do is look into how we can stop those things, you know they talked about doing a disinformation, what about getting a department that can look at young men that's looking at women that's looking at social media? What about doing that? Looking into things like that, and we can stop that that way? But they wanna just continue to talk about taking away your constitutional rights, and I think there's more things we need to look into. This has been happening for years, and the way we stop it is by putting money into the mental health field, by putting money into the other departments rather than departments that want to take away your rights.
Indeed, Cain killing Abel is a problem that we have, nobody can deny it. And verily WHAT ABOUT having a Department of Young Men That's Looking At Women That's Looking At Social Media? No one even suggested that before. Why put money into the Department Of Take Away Your Rights when you can just put it in other better departments?
We dare anyone to argue with this.
Also, you thought our headline was a joke. You silly.
Someone on the internet said Tommy Tuberville derped so Herschel Walker could fly. It's truly disturbing that it's entirely unclear Walker would enter the Senate as the absolute dumbest Republican in there. Top 10, for sure. But in a world of Tubervilles and Marsha Blackburns and Ron Johnsons and Rand Pauls? Sheesh.
We'd also add that this should be the last time anyone ever doubts that Donald Trump's best brain is capable of identifying fellow best brains to shove into Georgia Senate races. He found Herschel Walker!
This is almost as good as the time Herschel Walker explained evolution (not real because there are still apes) and how science can't make babies because only God can make babies (duh).
Senator Raphael Warnock, the next few months of your life are going to be fun.
Please win so we can all look back on this and giggle at the hilarity of it all.
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And some more Fox News hot takes from coverage of America's weekly high-casualty mass shooting!
The wingnut hot takes on the Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting, where 19 beloved children and two of their favorite teachers were gunned down in cold blood, are coming hot and heavy. Why can't wingnuts just be emotionally gutted like the rest of us, and vow that these things shall never again happen in this country? Because that's not what they do.
Here's a new mini-batch, starting with Judge Boxwine AKA Jeanine Boxwine AKA Boxwine Pirro, who doesn't understand why all ye libs are so "triggered" just by seeing a little gun. No, don't worry! This isn't a slurring defense of the school shooters' bad guns! It's a defense of the security guards' good guns!
JESSE WATTERS: About what the FBI profiler said and what Greg mentioned about hardening these softer targets, where is the obstacle to having, politically, to having one single armed security guard in every single public school K-12, in the country? It doesn't seem like that is that huge of a deal. Where would be the pushback on that, judge?
JEANINE PIRRO: The pushback is that people today, many of them are intimidated, they are triggered if there is someone with a gun, they are frightened, that is this new narrative, when you see a gun you should be frightened as opposed to appreciating what they are doing for you.
Irrational libs, being frightened. After all, the good guy with the gun has never turned out to be the bad guy with the gun after all. And the good guys with guns definitely never wait around outside for 40 minutes while the bad guy with the gun is barricaded inside a classroom with his victims. (Look, we don't know exactly what happened there, and there's a lot of speculation. But it doesn't look great, is all we're saying.)
So that happened.
But it was actually one of the earlier reactions to our latest weekly massacre, so perhaps Boxwine can be forgiven for sloshing around like "why errrrrrbody so TRIGGERED," before the reality of the situation set in.
Media Matters watched Fox News all day yesterday, and collected some fresher takes.
For instance, Laura Ingraham says guns don't kill people, pressure cooker bombs kill people, except sure, this time it was a gun, but it could have been a pressure cooker bomb:
LAURA INGRAHAM: Now the Left is focusing on the fact that an 18-year-old with no clear source of income was able to buy expensive guns and 375 rounds of ammo. Of course, he could have just as easily, probably, built a pressure cooker bomb and killed just as many people. So focusing on his methods, it doesn't really end up solving very much.
STFU, stupid fucking clown person.
Lara Trump seems to think this is happening because there just aren't any Christian fathers anymore, not like her family has, plus also there is internet:
LARA TRUMP: And you look across the board at things like the fact that, you know, we have the dissolution of the family in so many respects. We have fatherless children on the rise in America. We have the loss of religion in so many aspects of our country, where it was a foundation of our country at one time. You can't discount the rise of social media and the role that that has played in things like this.
Just give 'em that old time religion like they do in the Trump family, won't have no guns. Besides, Christians are never terrorists, oh wait.
JoeMyGod has the transcript on that one:
“There’s going to be all kinds of discussions coming up, unfortunately, you know, in the media regarding Second Amendment rights. But I think we really need to ask the question, how could something like this happen?
“When I grew up, things were different. And I just think that kids are exposed to all kinds of horrible stuff nowadays too.
“I look back and I think about the horrible stuff they hear when they listen to rap music, the video games that they watch from a really early age with all of this horrible violence and stuff.
“I just think that they have this access to the internet on a regular basis, which is just, you know, it’s not good for kids.”
The internet is bad for kids and the hippity-hoppity is bad for kids and the video games "that they watch" are bad for kids. Can you believe they let kids just get their hands on any rap musics and internets and video games they want? Why, they can just go down to the store and say, "Hello sir, I'd like some raps and some internets and some violent video games!" And in most states, they just say, "Sure, son!" and sell them the raps and the internets and the violent video games. Any old person can go and get raps and internets and video games. There should be a law!
On other Foxes, Tucker Carlson decided he wanted to talk about violent homeless people, because "this is bigger than a single mass shooting or even two of them in 10 days," and Tucker is just really concerned about the violent homeless people. And we could spend a lot of time talking about that, or smarmy filthy shit person Ted Cruz going on Fox last night and saying the real solution is "door control," and that the problem with schools is just that there are too many dang doors.
But we said this was going to be a "mini-batch" of hot takes, not a great big large huge batch. So this post is over now.
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Kyrsten Sinema Almost Ready To ‘Start Conversations’ About Not Letting Kids Get Gunned Down In School
‘Useless' is almost to weak a description.
Tuesday, 19 children and two teachers were murdered execution-style in a Texas elementary school, which really put Congress on the spot to actually do something about gun violence. However, as you know, Republicans are all monsters and theoretical Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema just love their filibuster. So, that’s about it. Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin seems confident that we’ll pick things up after the long weekend.
\u201cBut at least we took immediate steps to ensure Justice Kavanaugh is safe from chalk drawings outside his house\u201d— Jessica Ellis (@Jessica Ellis) 1653490449
Shortly after the massacre, while they were still trying to identify the now unrecognizable corpses of murdered children, Manchin vowed he’d do “anything” to move “common sense gun legislation forward” in the Senate, but he still wouldn’t budge on reforming the filibuster, which he dismissed as “the easy way out."
“The filibuster should not be needed at all,” he told reporters. “We’d be talking about throwing out the one tool we have that keeps us working, at least talking, together."
There aren’t 10 votes in the Senate GOP’s death cult for "common sense” of any sort, but this moron sincerely believes the filibuster facilitates compromise instead of handing Mitch McConnell a legislative veto.
Sinema, the Senate’s most useless Democrat, did manage more than press release platitudes Wednesday. Politico’s Burgess Everett noted the she “rarely makes off-the-cuff statements.” Look, she’s a senator not fucking Greta Garbo. Addressing the public is part of the job, one that Sinema ignores in favor of schmoozing with her donors.
\u201c@burgessev What *specifically* does \u201creach out\u201d mean? Who is she meeting with? What is her timeline? Vague statements from this woman mean nothing.\u201d— Burgess Everett (@Burgess Everett) 1653493451
Sinema's statement was a vague word salad without any dressing. She said:
You know, I don’t think that DC solutions are realistic here ... But there are things that we can do. There’s some shared agreement on red flag, which I think might be a place to start conversations to actually get something done for real that would make a difference to people.
Fuck you, lady, and your rightwing smear of Washington DC. It’s obnoxious political nihilism. If you don’t think the federal government, located in DC, can produce constructive solutions, then maybe don’t Senate for a living. Actual competent Democrats who aren’t out for all they can grift passed two major gun safety measures in the House last year: The Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 and the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021. Both measures stalled in the Senate. They aren’t cheap stunts like Sinema’s cutesy curtsies.
The gunman who murdered 19 children and two teachers Tuesday turned 18 on May 16. He purchased a semi-automatic rifle at a local gun store the next day. He bought 375 rounds of ammunition on May 18. He returned on May 20 for his second semiautomatic rifle. It’s unclear what sort of half-assed background check (if any) was conducted. However, the Washington Post profile on the gunman reveals he was an obviously disturbed young man who shouldn’t have been allowed to own a goldfish, let alone a firearm.
Texas Republicans passed laws within the past year that made Tuesday’s massacre possible.
Handguns can normally only be bought by people aged 21 years old or older, but a 2021 amendment to the Texas Government Code allows people who are 18 years old to be eligible for a handgun license if they meet all other requirements except the minimum age under federal law and are under protective orders related to family violence.
Since September 1, 2021, Texas no longer requires people to have a license to carry a handgun in most public places. Restrictions remained on carrying firearms at schools.
The police complain if they stub their toe shortly after a liberal DA refused to prosecute a Black Lives Matter protester or give the electric chair to a homeless person. Democrats should hammer the fact that Republicans passed laws that are directly responsible for 19 dead children.
Sinema alludes to extreme risk protection orders or “red flag laws.” Rep. Lucy McBath from Georgia has led legislation to enact federal red flag laws. This isn’t anything new, but Sinema, a self-obsessed phony, doesn’t acknowledge the blood and sweat her Democratic colleagues put into these bills that the GOP promptly kills. (In McBath's case, actual blood, after her son was murdered.) The filibuster enables this lack of action, even when Democrats control the Senate.
Red flag laws are the current great white nope in the Senate. We’re sure Sinema and Manchin will have many bipartisan “conversations” with certain Republicans, but there’ll never be enough votes to break a gun-lobby-funded filibuster. Ironically, red flag laws might not have prevented the Texas massacre. Extreme risk protection orders temporarily remove guns from people a federal court deems a threat to themselves and others. Someone would have to know the Texas gunman bought the guns and ammo and would need to prove he was dangerous. Republicans and even some people on the Left would require a high bar before the guns are seized. The Texas gunman murdered 21 people just four days after purchasing his second gun.
The problem, as always, remains the easy access to lethal weapons.
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