Editor’s be aware: We requested readers to share their ideas on the regulation enforcement response to the Uvalde mass capturing. In line with a state legislative committee report, almost 400 educated regulation enforcement officers took properly over an hour to confront and kill the gunman. Has the police response debunked the ‘good man with a gun’ narrative? Listed here are a few of your responses:
This might have been prevented by
stopping the sale of a weapon
After the tragic slaughter in Uvalde maybe we are able to lastly dismiss the gun foyer’s fairy story that “one of the best ways to cease a foul man with a gun is an effective man with a gun.” Three-hundred-seventy-six educated “good guys with weapons” may do pathetically little when confronted with a single armed 18-year-old. Now there’s discuss of felony costs and phrases like “coward” are being hurled on the first responders.
Whereas it is acceptable to research the police response, it is essential to do not forget that this might have been prevented by stopping an 18-year-old from shopping for an AR-15-style rifle. The actual supply of cowardice and culpability in Uvalde is not sporting blue, however sits within the governor’s workplace. Greg Abbott’s cowardice — blaming underlings for his misinformation and inaction after the capturing — stems not from worry of a bullet, however the worry of dropping energy. He is completed nothing to help the households or taken any motion to forestall one other faculty capturing. He simply desires Uvalde and the reminiscence of these valuable kids and academics to go away.
Chuck Reynolds, Austin
The blame for the mass murders
falls squarely on the Uvalde gunman
Re: July 18 article, “Particular Texas Home investigative committee releases Uvalde faculty capturing report.”
It’s unsettling how the authors of the Texas Home Report on the Uvalde bloodbath distractingly unfold the blame for the tragedy to incorporate the college administration, the academics — even doorways, locks and keys.
Let’s face it, the blame for the murders of 19 kids and two academics falls squarely on the shooter. Nonetheless, the responding power of just about 400 regulation enforcement officers can not escape the accountability for letting the dying toll attain such a tragically excessive quantity.
Dorian de Wind, Austin
Inaction of police at Uvalde scene
was an ignoble failure of their obligation
The status of Texas regulation enforcement was eviscerated at Robb Elementary Faculty. A video of cops cowering outdoors the classroom the place screaming 4th-graders have been being silenced by a lone gunman disallows all excuses.
Two unarmed feminine academics died of their stead making an attempt to guard these college students, their valor squelched rapidly by an AR-15-style rifle. The inaction of the Uvalde police was an ignoble failure of obligation. One helmet-and-ballistic-vest-wearing officer is seen utilizing disinfectant to scrub his palms within the video. The officer’s seemingly benign motion will likely be eternally referenced as an act of timidity, and consultant of your complete Uvalde police.
Off-duty Border Patrol Tactical Unit brokers arrived on the faculty, took on gunfire and dispatched the shooter. A bullet entered the ball cap of 1 agent, grazing his scalp. Texas lore personified.
Mary Alice Altorfer, New Braunfels
Earlier than killing 21 folks, the Uvalde
shooter was a ‘good man with a gun’
The Uvalde killer was an excellent man with a gun till he used the gun to kill harmless folks.
How can we establish the gun-owning good guys earlier than they flip into dangerous guys? If the reply is to spend extra on safety and psychological well being care, should not all the great guys with a gun step as much as cowl these further prices?
Kevin Hubbard, Leander
Allow them to purchase their weapons, however
maintain the ammunition off limits
Re: July 20 editorial, ” Uvalde report downplays the apparent: It is the weapons.”
The editorial factors out that, “Regardless of some police organizations’ calls to restrict the sale of assault weapons, Republicans in Congress refuse to contemplate banning them” and that there “was no authorized obstacle to the attacker shopping for two AR-15-style rifles, 60 magazines, and over 2,000 rounds of ammunition.”
Right here’s an thought: Allow them to purchase their weapons however don’t promote them any bullets.
Caren Floyd, Austin
Within the mass capturing equation, we
do not speak about bullets sufficient
It appears that evidently nobody addresses the three parts of a gun capturing: the shooter, the gun and the ammunition. Take one out of the state of affairs and there isn’t any gunfire.
We have mentioned the shooter advert nauseum — folks change, disguise feelings, do not take meds, act out, and many others. We have gone over gun proliferation, assault rifles, magazines, gun security, and many others. Ammunition has acquired almost no dialogue. Do folks know that assault rifle bullets are extremely harmful? Present some wounds and we might imagine in a different way than we do as we speak. Cut back the facility, restrict the supply (no internet gross sales) and amount, and promote solely to educated gun house owners!
The prevalent argument some gun house owners use wants modification. One good man with a gun can kill one dangerous man with a gun. Perhaps so, however what number of victims will likely be hit earlier than the dangerous man is stopped?
Wally Turfboer, Austin
Extra proof that armed residents
can defend us in a disaster state of affairs
Uvalde has made it abundantly clear that our authorities has neither the aptitude or intention of defending its residents. This case bolstered the standing of the Second Modification, and the latest Indiana mall capturing makes it additional evident that solely armed residents are capable of defend themselves and neighborhood members in disaster situations.
Think about if a instructor with ample coaching and braveness was concealing a handgun in Uvalde just like the hero in Indiana.
Richard Johnson, Austin
Editor’s be aware: Some readers weighed in on different matters. Listed here are a few of their letters.
Shift the abortion debate emphasis
to offering contraception remedy
Re: July 15 article, “Paxton sues Biden administration over emergency rooms performing abortion to avoid wasting a life.”
I’ve one easy query to ask Legal professional Normal Paxton: Mr. Paxton, what would you do in case your spouse or a detailed relative wanted an abortion in an effort to save their life? Would you say, “Sorry honey, however it’s towards the regulation”?
That’s the reason they’re known as “life-saving.”
Let’s put extra emphasis on offering contraception remedies in an effort to reduce the potential for getting pregnant till one is prepared for the accountability that comes with being a mother or father.
Donroy Hafner, Austin
Would docs have feared
offering the care she wanted?
Re: July 20 article, “Abortion legal guidelines spark adjustments in different remedies.”
I’ve had abortion care twice – each instances to assist me conceive. Early in my marriage I turned pregnant however miscarried after a couple of weeks. The fetus left substantial scarring inside my uterus, which prevented my uterine lining from rising. With a lot injury to my uterus, I couldn’t conceive. Fortunately my fertility docs acknowledged the issue. The primary dilation and curettage process carried out in-office by my fertility physician wasn’t efficient. I had one other extra invasive process carried out by a specialist in a hospital. After months of therapeutic, I conceived, which was the aim all alongside.
Wednesday morning I learn the article “Abortion legal guidelines spark adjustments in different remedies.” I wonder if my docs would have been too afraid to carry out the care that I wanted. I wonder if they might have reported me to the authorities for my miscarriage. I wonder if I’d have ever been capable of conceive.
Bonnie M. Adell, Austin
Authorities will be efficient if it
responds to the desire of the folks
Earlier elections have been about “It is the economic system, silly.” Now, “It is the democracy,” is most essential. With a democracy that represents the desire of the folks, our authorities can reply successfully to our financial, environmental, well being, security and safety wants.
However Republicans are passing legal guidelines in crimson states that allow them to reverse the end result of future elections even when they do not win a majority of votes. Unresponsive to the desire of the folks, they may serve solely their very own needs for energy and beliefs, as an alternative of fixing our economic system.
We have seen this already as Republican-appointed Supreme Courtroom Justices eliminated ladies’s rights to privateness and bodily autonomy, forcing undesirable births. SCOTUS has additionally reversed rulings that allowed states to control weapons to forestall mass murders.
Electing Democrats will cease Republican subversion of our energy to decide on authorities leaders who can defend our democracy, restore our rights and repair the economic system.
Bruce Joffe, Piedmont, Calif.
Paxton improper in making an attempt to dam
abortions when lady’s life in danger
Re: July 15 article, “Paxton sues Biden administration over emergency rooms performing abortion to avoid wasting a life.”
Mr. Paxton, you might be improper to file the latest lawsuit blocking hospitals from offering abortion providers to pregnant ladies whose very lives are at riskthrough ectopic being pregnant, hypertensive dysfunction, or different severe issues.
If your personal daughter or granddaughter had certainly one of these points that instantly threatened her very life, would you actually simply let her die? I do not suppose so.
Angie Hartel Patterson, Austin
Help rational gun reforms, not
Ted Cruz’s disingenuous issues
Ted Cruz finds video of police response to the Uvalde faculty capturing “deeply regarding” and other people want to grasp “what the hell went improper.”
What went improper is one more mass capturing whereas Cruz is misusing his workplace to cater to the gun foyer. He’s pushed by contributions and help from gun-rights proponents. He hides his pursuits beneath interpretation that the Second Modification ensures unfettered entry to weapons of all sorts. He blocks efforts to cross laws supposed to scale back gun violence. Cruz has referred to gun management efforts as “tiresome.”
With military-style weapons so accessible, we watch in horror as unarmed noncombatants, together with kids, are subjected to unimaginable carnage. Cruz helps the parable that the need of a “well-regulated” militia justifies the sale of high-capacity weaponry designed to kill and maim to a lone particular person. Help rational gun management, not Cruz’s pretend concern.
Janice Wallace, Georgetown
Affect of big-money donors should
be addressed in local weather disaster debate
Though addressing the urgency of our worldwide local weather disaster is my primary trigger, I’m scripting this letter as a result of we can not make any progress on this difficulty that impacts all of us except we deal with the inordinate affect of big-money donors.
The U.S. Senate’s proposed DISCLOSE Act is a bipartisan invoice to make donations clear. It’s backed by each of my Colorado senators, Bennett and Hickenlooper.
How about your Texas senators?
I urge you to contact each of your U.S. senators’ places of work to voice your help for disclosure and assist transfer one step nearer to having laws that represents the desire of the folks as an alternative of particular pursuits. You could find the telephone numbers at www.senate.gov for senators Cornyn and Cruz.
Please inform your family and friends members (even in different states) to do the identical.
Conrad Geiger, Boulder, Colorado
Editor’s be aware: This week we’re asking readers: Contemplating Texas’ new statewide abortion ban, is it the position of metropolis authorities to attempt to blunt state regulation and what, if something, else ought to native governments do in response to the state’s abortion ban and the U.S. Supreme Courtroom’s reversal of Roe v. Wade?”
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