I write fully aware the recent horror in a small Texas town is outside your coverage area but I will broaden my comments to hopefully make them relevant.
Comments focusing on how the police response failed in Uvalde are off the mark IMHO because they distract from the real issues behind mass shootings: our access to military grade weapons, our degraded national mental health, and the lack of health care and other social safety nets in our country today. This “police failed” thinking leads to the assumption that if only the police had responded “correctly” that the methodical assassination of innocent children would not have happened. Most of us realize that’s not the case.
Could police have reduced the number of children murdered had they responded differently? Possibly. There seems to have been critical breakdowns in communication and training we have yet to fully understand. Once complete, I believe, we’re likely to have even more victims as players found culpable will be forced to live with that guilt for the rest of their life. The result? A socially inept loser with the firepower of a Marine rifle squad will claim EVEN MORE VICTIMS.
We are left to dissect an event that has already swept over us. Leadership in the affected state cut their mental health spending and boosted their citizen’s ability to procure weapons in the months before the murders. We need to focus on keeping weapons similar to those issued to our military out of the hands of the homicidal, providing needed support and help to people feeling this type of anger and frustration long before they buy a gun or start planning a mass shooting.
Is it important for the police force and local/state agencies to review their response and improve their training? Of course. But I believe it’s equally important not to confuse that process with identifying ways to reduce and prevent mass shootings in the future.