What makes this truly egregious is that, instead of going in to rescue the children, the cops instead blocked parents from entering. If parents had entered might some of them have died? Yes. Might fewer children have died? Also yes. Any parent would lay down their life for their child and would consider that a good trade. If the police were too cowardly to enter themselves, they should have let the parents in.
The lesson to learn from this? If you are a parent, don’t let police block you from entering the school. Break a window and go inside and save your kid. In general, listening to figures of authority in crisis situation is dubious. Remember 9/11 when they told people to stay at their desks?
This reminds me of Virginia Tech when the shooter killed 32 people over the course of an hour. The doors were chained and the police, who arrived their quickly, just couldn’t find a way to enter.
Let’s review again. Police arrived at the scene in four minutes but didn’t enter the building for an hour because they exchanged fire with the gunman and had to “fall back.” Give me a fucking break.
None of this should distract from the real problem here, which is the availability of military weapons to anyone who feels like buying them. But it makes me pretty frikking mad.
I probably shouldn’t say this, but I find the lack of fury interesting. George Floyd is killed and literally millions of people hit the streets protesting. A parcel of innocent elementary school kids are murdered in cold blood, police protecting the killer inside from angry parents outside, and there is barely a peep.
The rally in front of City Hall Thursday afternoon to persuade Houston mayor Sylvester Turner to cancel the NRA convention generated a less-than-overwhelming turnout. I counted about a dozen attendees, establishing a roughly two-protesters-to-every-media-photographer ratio.
I guess it’s just not as fun to protest as when work is canceled and the alternative is sitting alone in your house due to quarantine laws. Not that honestly those protests made that much difference in the end. I’m reading about the Russian revolution at the moment. Real change requires revolution, and at least half the time, you end up worse than you were before, possibly with your children starving to death.