The lawman’s words at the end of the press conference were …
“If I thought it would help, I’d apologize.”
Rather like a spouse trying to end an argument saying, “Okay, fine, whatever it is you’re mad about, I’m sorry for whatever it is I did.” Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Or that old classic, “I’m sorry, but …”
Law enforcement of every stripe that showed up in Uvalde, Texas last Tuesday deserve no kudos, no thumbs-up, for they were cowards … to a man, they were cowards. When you put on that badge, you are expected to do everything in your power to protect the citizens of your city/county/state, even if it means putting your own life at risk. You are expected to be courageous. The response by law enforcement to a shooter murdering children inside Robb Elementary School that day was reminiscent of Keystone Kops. The bungling Toody and Muldoon of Car 54 Where Are You were one thousand times braver than the police in Uvalde that day. And as a result, 19 children died … children!!! Children who might have grown up to be president someday, who might have found a cure for cancer or saved lives in some other fashion. But nope, because the cops spent well over an hour wringing their hands and debating what to do, those children have no future and their family’s hearts are broken. The collective hearts of this nation are broken.
Since the spate of police killing unarmed Black men over the past decade or two, I’ve largely lost much of the respect I once had for officers of the law. This week, I lost whatever small bit of respect remained. They tell us to respect and honour our ‘men in blue’, but how can we when we know they are more concerned with their own safety than with that of our children?
Our ‘men in blue’ are oh-so-brave when facing an unarmed Black man, or an unarmed Black woman asleep in her bed, but when faced with a man with an assault weapon, they freeze, they wonder around scratching themselves saying, “Duh … whaddya think we ought ta do?” … while children are being murdered. 78 minutes. It took 78 minutes from the time the murderer entered the school until law enforcement officers found the janitor with a key to the classroom, entered the classroom, and killed the gunman. How many of the 21 people killed might have lived if it had taken them, say, 4 minutes instead of 78 to get off their arses? How many of the 17 wounded might have come out unscathed?
Those cops have blood on their hands just as surely as the gunman. Oh yes, folks, there is lots and lots of blood to go around … Ted Cruz, every Republican who has voted against gun legislation, Greg Abbott, Donald Trump … they all have blood on their hands, a stain that will never wash out.
This is the post I hoped never to write, but the facts are there, and even law enforcement isn’t denying them, even Governor Abbott has verified the facts. Cowards all. I hope that every single one of them lose their jobs and end up digging roadside ditches for the rest of their lives. I hope their consciences keep them awake every single night for the rest of their pathetic lives. Vengeful? Me? Yes, indeed I am. I am furious because a) that stupid 18-year-old child should never have had access to a gun, and b) the men and women we pay to protect us simply shrugged their shoulders and determined that their own lives had more value than the lives of the children and teachers in the school that day.
But the worst thing I have heard said amidst it all were the words of Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McGraw … “If I thought it would help, I’d apologize.” What a slap in the face to every single one of us in this nation and especially the people of Uvalde. No, asshole, your apology wouldn’t bring back the lives of those 19 children and two teachers, but it might go a long way to showing you are a human, that you at least give a rat’s ass about our kids!!! But no, that was too much trouble for you, wasn’t it? I wonder … if those children had not been mostly Hispanic, but had the same skin tone as Mr. McGraw if he might have felt differently?