Published: June 22, 2022  Updated: June 22, 2022 at 8:21 am EST
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The photograph is of police inside the school at 12:04.

The horrific shootings that took place in Uvalde and Buffalo, New York have led the government to attempt to reform gun laws. The House of Representatives has passed sweeping new gun laws that will impact every American. The Bill will need to go through Congress before it can be passed. Now, the question is – why are we going after the guns when we should be going after the police department and their response to the shooting?

New details have emerged in regards to the deadly shooting in Uvalde – the police were not even locked out of the room that the gunman was in. The door was unlocked and they, not once tried to unlock it. The entire situation could have been over in minutes but instead, the situation dragged on and cost more lives.

At first, we heard that the police did not have the appropriate equipment to enter the room – then we see pictures that they clearly did. Then we hear that the police were searching for the keys to enter the room, that they had made attempts on the door, and that it was locked and barricaded – that was not true.

To make matters even worse – had the door been locked, the police department had the tools available to them to enter the room. Yet, they were not authorized to use them.

To be clear – the Officers on the scene were following orders and it is who gave those orders that absolutely failed those children.

These next items paint a horrific picture of the police response. According to the Wall Street Journal; “The classroom door wasn’t locked, DPS Director Steven McCraw said during a hearing before a Texas Senate committee Tuesday. He said police officers armed with rifles and protected by body armor were on the scene within three minutes. Even had the door been secured, Mr. McCraw said, officers had tools to break it open. Yet they waited an hour and 14 minutes to go into the classroom, despite hearing ongoing gunshots, knowing children had been shot inside and knowing that at least one teacher shot was still alive.”

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Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo – Source Twitter

“The law-enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary was an abject failure and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine massacre,” Mr. McCraw said. “The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering Room 111 and 112 was an on-scene commander who decided to place the lives of officers above the lives of children,” Mr. McCraw said.

A timeline released Tuesday by DPS with snippets from surveillance and body cameras shows that Mr. Arredondo arrived at the school at 11:36, three minutes after Ramos began shooting in the classroom he had once attended as a student. The timeline indicates Mr. Arredondo repeatedly instructed other officers not to go into the classroom as he sought classroom keys and police protective equipment.

Mr. McCraw said a teacher had previously reported that the strike plate on the door jamb was broken and as a result, the door was unable to lock correctly. He said he doesn’t believe officers at the scene tried the handle. “We never see anybody put their hand on the door up until the breach,” he said, referring to the footage.

Fast forward 29 days and our representatives are attempting to pass new gun laws. The text of the bill can be seen below.

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