The Department of Justice has announced it will investigate how the Uvalde police responded to the shooting in the Texas county that took the lives of nineteen children and two teachers on the morning of May 24.
On Sunday, the Department of Justice released the following statement:
“At the request of Uvalde mayor Don McLaughlin, the U.S. State Department of Justice will conduct a Critical Incident Review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24,” spokesman Anthony Coley said.
“The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events. The review will be conducted with the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing.
“As with prior Justice Department after-action reviews of mass shootings, and other critical incidents, the assessment will be fair , transparent, and independent. The Justice Department will publish a report with its findings at the conclusion of its review.”
Law enforcement officials from the Department of Public Safety’s Steve McGraw, to Governor Greg Abbott, have been severely criticized by the press, the media, and politicians for their response, or rather lack of response to a situation that left children and teachers dead by a teenage gunman who managed to barricade himself in a classroom full of fourth graders. According to reports, he was inside for nearly an hour before the authorities entered the building and killed him.
The Biden’s went through the motions of meeting with the families of the victims, visited the memorial of the victims, and delivered the usual thoughts and prayers and outrage platitudes that every president does after every incident.
Senator Chris Murphy told ABC’s This Week on Sunday, “It’s inconceivable to me that we have not passed significant federal legislation trying to address the tragedy of gun violence in this nation, especially because since Sandy Hook, we’ve seen even worse slaughter – in Las Vegas, Orlando. As has been the case, the pace of everyday gun violence has dramatically escalated over the past two years.”
Representative Dan Crenshaw told CNN’s Dana Bash that “What needs to change is the things that would have the most immediate and succinct effect – and tangible effect on these things – and that’s actual security at a school.
“A lot of these policies that I think the Democrats often propose that are gun control policies, they do two things. One, they infringe on the rights of millions of millions of gun owners. And two, they wouldn’t have the outcome you’re looking for.”
As far as I know, Democrats have not proposed any gun control policies that have or would infringe upon the rights of gun owners. That’s just an argument that Republicans like Crenshaw make in order to fear-monger that Democrats are coming for their guns.
Sources: The Week, NPR, DOJ.gov.