Texas police admit ruling gunman inactive was ‘the wrong decision’
Officials have admitted to critical delays in the law enforcement response to the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas, where students inside Robb Elementary School made several calls to 911 on Tuesday within the hour officers arrived and when the 18-year-old gunman was fatally shot by an officer.
Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, admitted that officers did not breach a classroom door and kill Salvador Ramos for more than an hour after initially arriving on Tuesday, falsely believing the gunman was “barricaded” and no longer an active shooter threat, despite pleas from schoolchildren inside their classrooms.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered in Houston, Texas on Friday to protest the National Rifle Association’s annual conference, where Senator Ted Cruz and former president Donald Trump addressed the gun rights lobby group to claim their political opponents are exploiting tragedy, despite supporting the politically powerful lobbyists just days after the kilings.
Six major police mistakes in the Uvalde shooting have Texans ‘livid’
“Law enforcement is going to earn the trust of the public by making sure they thoroughly and exhaustively investigate exactly what happened,” Mr Abbott said on Friday.
As more details about the school shooting emerge, it’s clear multiple law enforcement failures contributed to the tragic final death toll of 21 people.
Officers made bizarre decisions, missed key factors, or failed to follow protocol at seemingly every moment along the way, from long before the shooting to its crucial early moments.
Josh Marcus has the details.
Josh Marcus28 May 2022 00:40
Trump dings Abbott and other Republicans for pulling out NRA meeting after shooting in Uvalde
Mr Trump addressed the annual meeting at the George R Brown Convention Center just three days after Salvador Ramos opened fire and killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
“And unlike some, I didn’t disappoint you by not showing up,” Mr Trump told the crowd to applause.
Eric Garcia has the story.
Josh Marcus28 May 2022 00:20
Donald Trump ties Texas shooting to midterms and 2024 campaign
Donald Trump made a not-so-subtle link between Tuesday’s mass school shooting in Uvalde and the fate of Republicans around the country.
He told the audience at a National Rifle Association event in Houston that the Second Amendment was “under siege” by people who “wish to turn citisens into subjects and take more power for themselves,” a seeming reference to gun control proposals.
As a result, the former president said, Republican voters are going to “vote for tough on crime, pro-Second Amendment candidates in record numbers” in 202, then take back the White House in 2024.
“We are going to protect our communities, protect our schools, and protect our precious children,” he said. “We are going to secure our liberties for ourselves and for every generation.”
Josh Marcus28 May 2022 00:00
Donald Trump brags about being gun-owners’ ‘best friend’ during NRA speech
Just three days after 21 people were killed in a mass school shooting in Texas, Donald Trump is bragging at an NRA event in Houston about how he was the “best friend” of gun owners while he was in the White House.
Mr Trump highlighted how he deemed gun stores critical infrastructure during the pandemic.
He also spoke about an upcoming Supreme Court decision on self-defence rights, touting how he appointed three conservative Justices to the high court.
“Your rights to self-defence do not end when you step out your front,” he said.
Josh Marcus27 May 2022 23:41
Trump joins Republican officials in blaming the state of mental health, not proliferation of high-powered guns, for gun violence
Trump joined Ted Cruz and other Republican officials and gun rights proponents in blaming “evil” and the nation’s mental health – as well as what he characterised as an American culture in decline, a lack of discipline and the erosion of so-called family values – for the epidemic of mass gun violence.
He also claimed that the “only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” – despite more than a dozen police officers on the scene at Robb Elementary that failed to stop the gunman while children called 911 at least nine times over an hour before he was killed.
Alex Woodward27 May 2022 23:18
Trump claims Democrats ‘exploit the tears’ of victims’ families as he addresses NRA conference days after massacre
While speaking at the largest gun rights lobby convention in the US days after a mass killing of schoolchildren in Texas, Donald Trump claims Democrats are rushing to “exploit the tears of crying families” for political reasons.
Without any sense of irony with his own remarks and the American right’s attempts to allow the proliferation of guns at the expense of mass death, the former president condemned what he called a “grotesque effort by some in our society to advance their own extreme political agenda” in the wake of such attacks.
Alex Woodward27 May 2022 23:05
NRA benefit concert in Houston cancelled after performers quit, according to artist
A National Rifle Association rally concert scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled after several performers dropped out in the wake of the Uvalde massacre, according to reports.
Alex Woodward27 May 2022 23:00
Trump arrives at NRA conference days after Uvalde massacre
In remarks to the NRA’s legislative conference in Houston, the former president condemned the “savage and barbaric atrocity” in Uvalde before asking for a moment of silence and reading the names of the 19 children and two teachers killed in the attack.
The sound of a bell ringing followed each name.
He said the gunman will burn eternally “in the fires of hell.”
Alex Woodward27 May 2022 22:58
Ted Cruz says ‘far more children’ would die if AR-15 is banned
Texas Senator Ted Cruz suggested in his remarks at an NRA conference in Houston that banning high-powered military-style rifles like AR-15s – which have been used in several mass shootings – would instead result in more children dying.
Andrew Feinberg has this report:
Alex Woodward27 May 2022 22:51
ICYMI Uvalde police stopped Border Patrol team from entering school sooner, according to report
Members of the Uvalde Police Department held back federal agents from entering Robb Elementary School for 40 minutes before the gunman was killed,The New York Times reports, citing officials.
Alex Woodward27 May 2022 22:45