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.

DOJ To Investigate Police Response To Robb Elementary School Shooting

Eighty-six year old Ruth Whitfield was among the ten victims to die at the hand of a white nationalist domestic terrorist on May 14.

During the funeral, vice president Kamala Harris was among the many dignitaries to attend and deliver vapid remarks on uniting and coming together to defeat evil and hate.

Apparently, Harris wasn’t scheduled to speak, but was urged to speak by Reverend Al Sharpton. The funeral took place at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Buffalo, New York, where she delivered her remarks. Those remarks included:

“This a moment that requires all good people, all Good loving people to stand up and say we will not stand for this. Enough is enough. We will come together based on what we all know we have in common, and we will not let those people who are motivated by hate, separate us, or make us feel fear.”

Her later remarks to the press include:

…”And when we’re looking at an epidemic of hate where people are targeted just because of who they are, I think we will all have to stand back and say, “Wait, enough. Enough is enough. A harm against any of us is a harm against all of us. No one should be left to fight alone.” And we’ve got to deal with this, and we have to deal with it in a number of ways…

…”We have to – everybody has got to stand up and agree that this should not be happening in our country and that we should have the courage to do something about it.

“On the issue of gun violence, I will say as I said countless times: We are not sitting around waiting to figure out what the solution looks like. We’re not looking for a vaccine. We know what works on this. It includes an assault weapons ban…

“Background checks. Why should anyone be able to buy a weapon that can kill other human beings without at least knowing if that person committed a violent crime before?

…”Congress needs to act. And what I know is that we also have to come together as one nation, undivided, standing with each other.”

Lofty words; the sentiment is in the right place. But this is just one issue where everyone will never come together as a nation. And it doesn’t really matter that there are thousands of children who will die in future mass shootings: There are too many guns in America, at least two for every person.

And the gun lobbies ( the NRA, and Gun Owners of America ) are just too powerful. They have the balls of too many politicians in their grip, and those politicians have made it quite clear that they don’t give a damn about dead kids.

Sources: San Antonio Express News, WhiteHouse.gov.

Vice President Harris Offers Lofty Platitudes At Funeral Of Elderly Shooting Victim

Two days after nineteen children and two teachers were murdered at a Texas county elementary school, students were organizing walkouts in protest of lax gun laws and the government’s inability to strengthen those laws.

From Meridian High School in  Virginia, to schools in Providence Rhode Island, from El Camino Real Charter High School to Buffalo High School, students participated in Thursday’s walkout.

Students also participated in walkouts at Saugus High School in California, Port Washington, and Falls Church, Virginia.

According to the Detroit Free Press, more than one hundred students at Oxford High School, in Michigan, left their classes to gather on the football field where they formed a U in support of the victims of Robb Elementary school in Texas, before returning to class.

“As a community, our hearts are with Uvalde and we understand why some of our students chose to participate in the national walkout,” Dani Stublensky, a school district spokesperson wrote in a statement.

Emma Janoff, who is a student at Paul Schreiber High School in Port Washington, and a member and organizer for Students Demand Action, says she was inspired to take action after the Parkland school shooting.

“You see news every day about kids getting shot and people your age dying, and it’s just incredibly sad and unbelievable, especially to see kids younger and my age,” Janoff told ABC News. “I can’t imagine that being me, but it is imaginable because it happens so often.”

Some of the schools, such as Saugus in California, and Oxford, in Michigan, have experienced their own shootings.

Sources: The Hill, ABC News, Los Angeles Times.

High School Students Stage Walkouts After Latest School Massacre

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Ingraham calls out Dems for their reaction to mass shootings, calls for ‘healing’ | Fox News

https://www.foxnews.com/media/ingraham-calls-out-dems-for-their-reaction-to-mass-shootings-calls-for-healing

Where was the call for unity when police officers were shot and killed several years ago in Dallas, New York, and Louisiana? Was Laura Ingraham , or anyone else on Fox News – or right-wing media, for that matter – calling for both parties to come together in unity? I don’t recall any pleas for unity from conservatives when these types of events occurred when Obama was president. They were too busy playing the Obama blame game. It was always Obama’s fault, it was the fault of the Democrats, the fault of the liberals, the progressives, the liberal media, and Black Lives Matter.

Everyone and everything was to blame, but guns, and the fact that anyone in America, regardless of their mental health, can get easy access to an assault weapon.

Right-wing media was deep in their partisan bubble, repeating their laughable narrative that Obama was stoking a war on cops with “anti police sentiment” or “rhetoric,” that this alleged rhetoric was somehow partly responsible for “contributing to violence against police officers.” Glenn Beck, employed by Fox News in 2009 during the arrest of a black Harvard law professor, accused the former president of being a racist for his criticism of a white police officer in his decision to arrest Dr. Gates. That was when this long record of alleged anti- cop sentiment/rhetoric supposedly began. From that point on, the rush to blame Obama became the norm when there was a shooting during his tenure in the White House.

Of course, anyone who actually did any research into this narrative, knew it was nothing more than propaganda. All one had to do was read the transcripts of the comments and the speeches he made after each of these shooting events to realize it was a lie, a lie that was part of the right-wing agenda to smear him as unamerican. In each of these addresses, he had nothing but praise for law enforcement. But right-wing pundits frequently gave him the middle finger by pretending the opposite was true, and they were all too eager to get on Fox News and other right-wing news outlets, and make fools of themselves by repeating this bogus narrative over and over again , driving it home to their viewers, who in turn spread the bogus “Obama hates police” narrative all over social media.

“How sad that for Democrats the weekend shootings are not national tragedies to be addressed in unity, ” Ingraham said Monday. “But the final epilogue of a play they opened four years ago.

Why are we picking through the words of evil lunatics trying to connect the dots and figure it all out? Whether Inspired on the right or the left, they’re nuts. Period. What the country needs now is healing and unity.”

When police officers were shot and killed in Dallas during a Black Lives Matter march, right-wing media, Fox hosts and contributors, were not too concerned about healing and unity. When two police officers in New York were ambushed and killed by a black shooter, they were not too concerned about whether he was mentally ill or not. In both cases they were certain Obama, and Black Lives Matter were to blame, and that they both had it in for law enforcement. They were “picking through the words” of a president who they claimed had a record of “anti-police sentiment.” They were calling for the heads of Barack Obama, Bill De Blasio, and Black Lives Matter. Rudy Giuliani was touring the right-wing echo chamber repeating his embarrassing, and completely bogus “Obama hates cops” narrative, for which all the fact-checkers ripped him a new pie hole.

We’ve had four months of propaganda, starting with the president that everyone should hate the police, ” he said on Fox News.

Conservatives were not pleading for unity after these events. Nor did they care about facts. Their only concern was to politicize and assign blame, and the Barack Obama was always the chief source of that blame.

Lisa Boothe of the Washington Examiner tweeted:

“Sick to my stomach to see news of the Dallas police shooting. I wish @POTUS would seek to unite the country rather than further divide it.”

Is Lisa Boothe sick to her stomach too see that Trump is dividing the country with his anti-immigrant rhetoric? No, she’s not. Like most conservatives, she has no principles when it comes to truth and honesty, and is more than willing to place the blame at the feet of Obama and Democrats when someone is killed, but daddy Trump is not to be criticized.

John Nolte of Breitbart News tweeted:

“Racist terrorists in #Black Lives Matter know that Obama is winking at them.”

“Obama condemning what he inspired and stoked!”

David Horowitz:

Time to hold Obama accountable. This Baton Rouge blood is on his hands for inviting racist cop haters to the WH.

Joe Walsh ( former congressman ):

Cops are being killed in America because of the ugly lie by Obama and BLM that cops are racist and gunning down black men. That’s a lie!”

“This is now war! Watch out Obama! Watch out BLM punks! Real America Is coming after you!”

At no time did Obama ever incite violence against these police officers, nor did he ever call them racist. Ironically, it was Joe Walsh and other conservatives on social media who were inciting violence against a sitting president.

Congressman Steve King:

Dallas police shooting has roots in anti-white/cop events illuminated by Obama. Officer Crowley. There were others.”

After Obama came out with his statement criticizing a Cambridge, Mass police officer for arresting a black Harvard law professor on his own property, racists like Steve King lost their minds, and accused him of being prejudiced against white people, for which he was forced to hold a ridiculous “beer summit” to try and appease the snowflakes.

Keith Ablow, Former Fox News contributor and disgraced psychiatrist, on Fox News, accusing Obama of stoking racism, as he’s on a network where many of its commentators routinely stoke racial discord:

“Who takes a phone call from a president? Instead of saying, ‘I’m sorry, aren’t you the guy that started this? This is the president that inflamed racial discord in this country and put a target on the backs of American police officers.”

These comments highlight the willingness of conservatives to lie to advance the agenda of a party that portrayed a president as anything but unifying in times of tragedy.