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WaPo fears Uvalde police response issues ‘divert attention from real problem: guns’


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The editorial board of The Washington Post urged Saturday that readers should not be distracted by mistakes made by police in response to the shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, but rather “focus” on controlling the firearms to prevent mass murder.

Commenting on reports that law enforcement in Uvalde made mistakes in neutralizing the school shooter on Tuesday, the newspaper’s editorial board argued that gun control is the only thing lawmakers should seek to mitigate these horrific crimes.

The column, titled “Police Mistakes in Uvalde Should Not Distract from the Real Problem: Guns,” began by describing law enforcement failures on a day in which 19 children and two teachers were shot dead in their classrooms by a killer with a gun. , namely the revelation that “for more than 45 minutes no effort was made to force the door of the classroom”.

For the editorial board, it “exploded the trope, so often propounded by opponents of tougher gun laws, that the best protection against mass shootings is ‘a good guy with a gun. fire “”.

Police walk near Robb Elementary School after a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.
(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

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The editorial acknowledged that the police had some explaining to do. “There are still unanswered questions. Above all: have children died who could have been saved if the police had acted differently? they wrote but insisted that the public not be distracted by it.

“But outrage over police actions – or, in this case, inaction – should not distract from the fact that the central problem facing this country, if it is to prevent this kind of atrocities, is that of firearms,” ​​the council said.

The article stated that guns in America are “too plentiful and too often in the hands of the wrong people”.

WaPo fears Uvalde police response issues ‘divert attention from real problem: guns’

The Washington Post editorial board said preventing mass shootings requires focusing on gun control, not better police training. ÉRIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images

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“Yes, it looks like the people at Uvalde made mistakes,” the council acknowledged, adding, “The incident commander who misjudged the situation, the teacher who held open the door that the shooter used to enter the school, the school resource officer who just drove by the suspect in pursuit of the wrong person, all no doubt wished they had acted differently.”

Although these errors were mentioned as if they were inevitable: “But they are human and, despite the myth, training or preparation can never eliminate the possibility of errors in human judgment in a life or death situation. .”

The Editorial Board went on to detail the criminal and his weapons: “The shooter who shot at the school bought two AR-15 type rifles shortly after he turned 18. He had 1,657 rounds on him before he was shot. killed,” then offered “common sense gun control.

WaPo fears Uvalde police response issues ‘divert attention from real problem: guns’

Members of law enforcement stand outside Robb Elementary School after a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.
(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

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“It’s madness, and it’s something we can try to fix with sensible gun law reform. Like enhanced background checks. Like banning assault weapons. Like raising the age to buy a gun to 21, the same that now exists for handguns,” the editorial reads.

Noting that a bipartisan group of senators are trying to compromise on gun legislation, the board concluded, “They owe the children and teachers of Uvalde more than their thoughts and prayers.”

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