So many failures in Texas contributed to this massacre of innocents, starting with the governor and going all the way down. Via the Washington Post:
UVALDE, Tex. — The nation’s top law enforcement official on Thursday punctuated a scathing report on police failures during the 2022 massacre at Robb Elementary School by declaring that “lives would have been saved” if officers had responded quickly.
Families of the victims bowed their heads and passed around a tissue box as Attorney General Merrick Garland told them that law enforcement’s lengthy delay in confronting the gunman also impacted the medical response to the mass shooting.
“The report concludes that had law enforcement agencies followed generally accepted practices in an active shooter situation and gone right after the shooter to stop him, lives would have been saved and people would have survived,” Garland said.
The Justice Department’s report is a damning 575-page catalogue of confusion, lack of courage and their deadly consequences. The 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers before officers eventually shot him. Many of the grim, maddening details of the faulty response were already known, but the federal report is the fullest, most detailed account of one of the worst school shootings in the nation’s history.
And we still don’t know all the ways Greg Abbott and Ken Paxton contributed: