Wednesday, July 20, 2022


I have to start with the original so this next one is clear: Think back to the event in Uvalde, and all the screaming within 24 hours from journalists who were not getting information they could credulously pass on as "news" and even "scoops." And consider how much reporting in that Twitter thread you won't find even in the Texas Tribune article on that report.  And I like the Texas Tribune.  And their "five takeaways"?

1) "The group was devoid of clear leadership, basic communications and sufficient urgency to take down the gunman, the report says."

No shit, Sherlock.


Robb Elementary’s active shooter policy called for doors to classrooms to be locked during school hours. But multiple witnesses told the committee that employees often left doors unlocked, while teachers would use rocks, wedges and magnets to prop open interior and exterior doors. This was partly because of a shortage of keys, the report states.

Or because locked doors are a pain in the ass.  And schools are neither prisons nor military encampments?  I attended schools that today would be shooting galleries:  lots of classrooms accessed from outside, no way to lock down the entire campus.  Was that a failure of architecture?  Or the success of gun laws?

In addition, Uvalde schools used an alert system that included a phone application allowing anyone in the school to initiate a “secure” or “lockdown” alert. But the committee found that staff did not reliably receive the alerts — due in part to poor Wi-Fi and cell coverage and the fact that some school personnel didn’t keep their phones on or carry them with them. The committee also found that school personnel didn’t always respond to alerts with a sense of urgency.

There's a concept.  Anyone can issue an alert, but not everyone has their phone attached to their hip.  Which makes sense, since you want employees working, not texting, right?  Or not? I regularly turned my ringer off when I was teaching.

3) "Since late February, there were 47 'secure' or 'lockdown' events at Uvalde schools, according to the report. Around 90% of them were attributed to bailouts, the committee said."

So who do we blame there?  Illegal immigrants? Coyotes? The UCISD for not putting walls and barbed wire around the campus?


 On April 2, the shooter sent someone a direct message on Instagram: “Are you still gonna remember me in 50 something days?”

The person responded, “probably not.”

“Hmm alright we’ll see in may,” he replied.

I'm real curious who in government is supposed to monitoring Instagram and catching these things.  And, btw, doing what about it?  Texas has no red flag laws.  He bought his guns legally.

5) "In the days following the shooting, state officials unnecessarily undermined public trust in the ongoing investigations by making false statements about what had happened, the report states."

And who's telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, now?  We're gonna be a very long time answering that question, and it it's not a question that stops with a few police officers in Uvalde.  This goes up through DPS and the Texas Rangers into the Governor's office itself.  And out into the Border Patrol; they were there, too.  Almost 400 different law enforcement officers, and not a one of 'em responsible for this shit?  Nor their supervisors and superiors?

Yeah, peddle that shit somewhere else.  And answer the real question:  why are we the only country in the world where this happens on the regular?  Why can I count nine mass shootings in Texas in the past 5 years? Freedumb?  2nd Amendment rights?  Still not enough good guys with guns?

Fight the real problem. And listen to the people.  This House Committee preliminary report is still bullshit.

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