The families deserve answers. The cops arent giving them.

It took 78 minutes for police to stop the shooter. Now, people rightly want answers for why such heavily armed and well-funded law enforcement officers waited so long and did so little.




It took 78 minutes for police to stop the shooter in Uvalde, Texas, last week. For the kids trapped inside and parents waiting outside, it must have felt like 78 hours.

During that time, parents begged police on the scene to go into the school and protect their children. When they didn’t, some parents attempted to enter themselves, but police stopped them. One parent was put in handcuffs. Another person was pinned to the ground while a nearby officer brandished a stun gun.

Now, people rightly want answers for why such heavily armed and well-funded law enforcement officers waited so long and did so little.

We’re digging into why police failed... in Uvalde — and why they nearly always fail to stop school shootings, even as the number of police officers in schools have dramatically increased in recent years.

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Let's be clear: The primary culprit in America’s epidemic of mass shootings is the wide and easy availability of guns.

And yet the question remains: Why were police harassing and handcuffing parents instead of acting to stop an unfolding massacre?

The truth is, the behavior of the police at Robb Elementary is only shocking if you are committed to a mythic notion of what policing entails.

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