Texas shooting latest news: Trump speaks at NRA meeting as Abbott ‘livid’ over police errors

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 addressed the pressure group on gun rights to claim that their political opponents are exploiting the tragedy, despite their politically powerful support. lobbyists just days after the murders.

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A question worthy of interest: why are the police statements on Uvalde mainly in English?

For a foreigner, it may not seem so strange that the Uvalde police give their main updates to the public in English.

But this is a glaring omission, given the local context. As Los Angeles Times notes writer Fidel Martinez, most residents of the small South Texas town speak Spanish as their first language, which begs the question: Who are these updates really for?

“Their aim seems to be to clear themselves of their dismal failure to [national] press,” Mr. Martinez wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Josh MarcusMay 28, 2022 01:00

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Six major police errors in Uvalde shooting leave Texans ‘livid’

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he’s ‘livid’ about what he learned from the police response to the Uvalde mass shooting, as are families in the tight-knit southern community from Texas.

“Law enforcement will earn the public’s trust by ensuring they thoroughly and thoroughly investigate exactly what happened,” Abbott said on Friday.

As more and more details of the school shooting emerge, it is clear that multiple law enforcement lapses contributed to the tragic final death toll of 21 people.

Officers made bizarre decisions, missed key factors, or failed to follow protocol at every turn, from well before the shooting until its crucial first moments.

Josh Marcus has the details.

Josh MarcusMay 28, 2022 12:40 a.m.

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Trump slams Abbott and other Republicans for pulling NRA meeting after shooting Uvalde

Former President Donald Trump has mocked fellow Republicans for pulling out of the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston after the shooting in Uvalde killed 21 people earlier this week.

Mr Trump addressed the annual meeting at the George R Brown Convention Center just three days after Salvador Ramos opened fire and killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

“And unlike some, I didn’t disappoint you by not showing up,” Mr. Trump told the crowd to cheers.

Eric Garcia to the story.

Josh MarcusMay 28, 2022 12:20 a.m.

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Donald Trump links Texas shooting to midterm and 2024 campaign

Donald Trump made a not-so-subtle connection between Tuesday’s mass school shooting in Uvalde and the plight of Republicans across the country.

He told the audience at a National Rifle Association event in Houston that the Second Amendment was “under siege” by people who “want to turn citizens into subjects and take more power for themselves,” an apparent reference. gun control proposals.

As a result, the former president said, Republican voters will “vote for tough-on-crime and pro-Second Amendment candidates in record numbers” in 202 and then retake the White House in 2024.

“We will protect our communities, protect our schools and protect our precious children,” he said. “We will secure our freedoms for ourselves and for every generation.”

Josh MarcusMay 28, 2022 12:00 a.m.

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Donald Trump brags about being gun owners’ ‘best friend’ during NRA speech

Just three days after 21 people were killed in a mass shooting at a school in Texas, Donald Trump brags at an NRA event in Houston that he was a gun owner’s ‘best friend’. fire when he was in the White House.

Mr. Trump highlighted how he views gun stores as critical infrastructure during the pandemic.

He also spoke of an upcoming Supreme Court ruling on self-defence rights, touting how he appointed three conservative High Court judges.

“Your rights to self-defense don’t end when you step out of your front line,” he said.

Josh MarcusMay 27, 2022 11:41 p.m.

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Trump joins Republican officials in blaming state mental health, not the proliferation of high-powered firearms, for gun violence

Trump joined Ted Cruz and other Republican officials and gun rights supporters in blaming the nation’s “evil” and sanity – as well as what he called a declining American culture , lack of discipline and erosion of so-called family values ​​- for the epidemic of mass gun violence.

He also claimed the ‘only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun’ – despite more than a dozen cops at the Robb Elementary scene who were unsuccessful to arrest the shooter as the children called 911 at least nine times over an hour before he was killed.

Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 11:18 p.m.

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Trump says Democrats are ‘harnessing the tears’ of victims’ families as he addresses NRA conference days after massacre

Speaking at the biggest gun rights lobby convention in the United States days after a massacre of school children in Texas, Donald Trump says Democrats are rushing to “harness the tears of the families in tears” for political reasons.

Without any sense of irony with his own remarks and attempts by the American right to allow arms proliferation at the expense of mass death, the former president condemned what he called a “grotesque effort by some in our society to advance their own extreme political agenda”. in the wake of such attacks.

Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 11:05 p.m.

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NRA benefit concert in Houston canceled after artists leave, artist says

A National Rifle Association rally concert scheduled for Saturday has been canceled after several performers pulled out following the Uvalde massacre, according to reports.

Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 11:00 p.m.

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Trump arrives at NRA conference days after Uvalde massacre

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In remarks to the NRA’s legislative conference in Houston, the former president condemned the “savage and barbaric atrocity” at Uvalde before calling for a minute’s silence and reading the names of the 19 children and two teachers killed in the incident. ‘offensive.

The sound of a bell followed each name.

He said the shooter would burn forever “in the fires of hell”.

Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 10:58 p.m.

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Ted Cruz says ‘a lot more kids’ would die if the AR-15 was banned

Texas Senator Ted Cruz suggested in his remarks at an NRA conference in Houston that banning high-powered military-style rifles like the AR-15s – which have been used in several mass shootings – would instead result in the death of more children.

Andrew Feinberg has this report:

Alex WoodwardMay 27, 2022 10:51 p.m.

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