Texas police admit shooter’s inactivity was ‘the wrong decision’
Officials admitted to critical delays in law enforcement’s response to the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school, where students at Robb Elementary School called 911 multiple times Tuesday in the area. t time officers arrived and when the 18-year-old shooter was shot and killed by an officer.
Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, admitted that officers failed to break through a classroom door and kill Salvador Ramos for more than an hour after he arrived on Tuesday, mistakenly believing that the shooter was “barricaded” and no longer an active shooter. threatens, despite the pleas of school children inside their classrooms.
Meanwhile. Hundreds of people gathered in Houston, Texas on Friday to protest the National Rifle Association’s annual conference, where Senator Ted Cruz and former President Donald Trump will address the powerful human rights organization. firearms days after the murders.
David Hogg shares video of mass protest outside NRA conference: ‘This time it’s going to be different’
March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 massacre in Parkland, Florida, joined protests outside the NRA legislative conference in Houston on Friday.
Earlier, during a panel discussion with teachers and survivors of other shootings, he said the momentum behind youth-led movements to end gun violence in the decades following the massacres of Columbine and Sandy Hook put Americans in a historic position to fight gun proliferation.
“I sincerely believe this time may be different,” he said, adding that the NRA is politically at its “weakest point” after lawsuits and political pressure.
He said gun owners need to “stand up and agree that we need to act…and let politicians know that the NRA doesn’t represent them.”
“We have to figure out what we can agree on for the sake of our children,” he said.
Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 9:36 p.m.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on gun violence on June 15
Democratic Senator and Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin said the panel will hold a hearing on gun violence next month.
Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 9:30 p.m.
NRA legislative director says gun control ‘won’t make anyone safer’
Echoing LaPierre’s remarks, Jason Ouimet, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, opposes legislation aimed at curbing the proliferation of guns in the United States.
He criticized ‘failed gun control policies that won’t make anyone safer’ – he didn’t mention the state’s lax gun restrictions that made guns big power like AR-type rifles readily available to people under 21.
Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 9:26 p.m.
NRA official defends ‘basic human right’ to firearms
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre opens today’s conference with remarks on the Uvalde massacre, condemning the ‘wrong’ act but defending what he called a ‘basic human right’ to stand defend with a gun.
“Every member of the NRA, and I know every decent American, is in mourning right now,” he said. “We stand with this community and all of America in prayer. … This is not right and it should never happen again.
He added that the NRA is “separating itself” from President Biden and Democratic officials “on the political issue, and on what we can and must do to prevent the despicable hateful monsters who walk among us from doing their evil.”
“Restricting the basic human rights of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves is not the solution,” he said, instead pointing to the development of school safety plans and support for mental health services.
In Texas, the state has invested millions in school safety plans – including in Uvalde, where a school safety officer was not present on the day of the murders – while cutting millions from mental health services.
Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 9:11 p.m.
Texas gunman’s sister ‘adamantly refused’ to buy guns from him in 2021, police say
Uvalde’s shooter’s sister “categorically refused” to buy him a gun when he asked her to do so last year, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 9:10 p.m.
Guns are banned from Trump’s speech at NRA conference
While firearms are allowed inside the convention hall for the National Rifle Association’s annual conference in Houston, they are prohibited in the event hall during Trump’s speech.
Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 9:01 p.m.
Uvalde school police held active shooter training just two months before the massacre
The school district’s law enforcement agency held a training session to “prepare as best we can” for exactly the type of situation that unfolded earlier this week.
CISD Uvalde posted an article about the training session on Facebook on March 22.
In the post, they said the training took place at the city’s high school with the aim of “training every law enforcement officer in Uvalde so that we can best prepare for any situation that may arise.” .
Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 8:55 p.m.
Texas congressman: FBI says shooter not motivated by ‘any particular ideology’
U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro, the Democratic congressman from Texas who called on the FBI to investigate the police response to the Uvalde massacre, said he met with FBI officials on Friday.
He said federal law enforcement ‘does not believe the shooter was motivated by any particular ideology and does not believe there were any co-conspirators’ and that ‘the shooter was not on radar of the FBI before the massacre”.
“Like most Texans and Americans, I am deeply frustrated by the conflicting accounts state authorities have provided about how events unfolded, and I am troubled by law enforcement’s inability to confront and stop the shooter sooner,” he said.
He also said he was pressuring the FBI to find out if the shooter “was — or should have been — on law enforcement radar prior to the shooting.”
Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 8:39 p.m.
Texas lawmakers urge governor to call special gun control legislative session
Several Democratic lawmakers and at least one Republican are urging Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special legislative session on gun violence in the wake of the Uvalde massacre.
Only the governor has the power to summon state legislators to the state capitol in Austin when they are not in active session.
“Governor Abbott should call us to special sessions until we do SOMETHING [the] The FBI or DPS BELIEVE will reduce the risk of Uvalde’s next tragedy,” said Republican Texas Senator Kel Seliger. “We should hope and pray every day, but DO something.”
Democratic lawmakers Mike Collier and Rochelle Garza also released a joint statement calling for legislative action on gun control.
“In three months, millions of children in Texas will return to their classrooms,” they said. “Before that, the state legislature must meet in special session to pass laws that will reduce the risk of another tragedy befalling our state. Our children need action because the time is right. to stop the next shooting.
Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 8:26 p.m.
Border Patrol Tactical Unit ordered to hold back before confronting shooter, report says
Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol agents with US Customs and Border Protection arrived at the scene between 12 p.m. and 12:10 p.m. – about 40 minutes before the shooter was killed, and much earlier than reports initial reports had suggested so, according to a report by The New York Times, citing two officials briefed on the incident.
The Uvalde Police Department blocked federal agents from entering the school earlier, according to the report.
Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 7:59 p.m.