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Former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi explained on Thursday why he thinks the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas will be studied as an example of what not to do.
There were two wide gaps in time during the police response and multiple media outlets have reported shocking details of what law enforcement was doing during the time.
"Javier Cazares, whose fourth-grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, said he raced to the school when he heard about the shooting, arriving while police were still gathered outside the building," the Associated Press reported. "Upset that police were not moving in, he raised the idea of charging into the school with several other bystanders. 'Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to,' he said. 'More could have been done.'”
A similar report came from The New York Times, which interviewed Derek Sotelo, 26, who rushed to the school after hearing the gunfire from his nearby tire shop.
He told the newspaper “We were wondering, ‘What the heck is going on? Are they going in?’ The dads were saying, ‘Give me the vest, I’ll go in there!’”
But the most shocking account was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Angeli Rose Gomez told the newspaper "police were doing nothing" when she arrived.
"Ms. Gomez, a farm supervisor, said that she was one of numerous parents waiting outside the school who began encouraging—first politely, and then with more urgency—police and other law enforcement to enter the school sooner. After a few minutes, she said, U.S. Marshals put her in handcuffs, telling her she was being arrested for actively intervening in an active investigation," the newspaper reported. "Ms. Gomez convinced local Uvalde police officers whom she knew to persuade the marshals to set her free. Around her, the scene was frantic. She said she saw a father tackled and thrown to the ground by police and a third pepper-sprayed. Once freed from her cuffs, Ms. Gomez made her distance from the crowd, jumped the school fence, and ran inside to grab her two children. She sprinted out of the school with them."
MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace interviewed Figliuzzi about the developments.
"Lt's be clear," he said. "You do, of course, want to establish a controlled perimeter when some violence is ongoing."
"There are so many questions here about why so long for any tactical response, why do we rely on a federal response that just because it happens to be a border or near the border town, we happen to have, thank goodness, Border Patrol there," he said. "Great."
"Where are the sheriffs? Where is the S.W.A.T. team? Where is the breaching material and tools? Why don't we have a master key in the hands of the police department? This is going to be studied, unfortunately, as how not to handle a school shooter because it goes against the training that certainly I've had and certainly what I know police departments train to do," he said.
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Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer may have a far easier path to re-election after the GOP frontrunners were kicked off the ballot for botched election fraud schemes.
"Two of the leading candidates for the GOP nomination for Michigan governor say they will ask the courts to intervene after they were found ineligible Thursday for the August primary, reshaping the race to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the battleground state this fall," Click on Detroit Channel 4 News reported Thursday.
"Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who has led in most primary polls, and businessman Perry Johnson, along with three other lesser-known candidates, did not qualify for the ballot. The state elections bureau recommended they be disqualified, saying it found thousands of fraudulent signatures on petitions submitted by the candidates."
Neil Vigdor wrote in The New York Times the disqualification, "sent the race, in a key battleground state, into chaos and dealt a serious blow to the party’s plans to challenge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic incumbent."
In addition to the frontrunners, Republicans Donna Brandenburg, Michael Brown and Michael Markey were also disqualified.
Johnson has spent millions on his campaign.
"The Republicans who remain on the ballot are Dixon, who recently was endorsed by the family of former Trump administration Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, real estate agent Ryan Kelley, businessman Kevin Rinke, pastor Ralph Rebandt and chiropractor Garrett Soldano," Channel 4 reported.
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On Thursday, NBC's Garrett Haake pressured Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) — the congressman who represents Uvalde — why it is legal in his state for 18-year-olds to purchase AR-style semiautomatic long guns. Gonzales repeatedly refused to answer the question and offered a series of dodges, noted The Daily Beast.
"Interviewing Gonzales near the scene of the massacre on Thursday morning, Haake pointedly asked why an 18-year-old can’t buy a beer for another three years but they can purchase an AR-15 in the state," reported Justin Baragona. "Gonzales clearly had no response. 'We have to be unified,' he shrugged, apparently trying his level best to avoid the question."
"'Why does an 18-year-old in Texas need to be able to buy an assault rifle?' Haake pushed back," noted the report. "'The reality is this isn’t a new topic,' the Texas Republican deflected once more. 'There’s been a lot of legislation that’s been out there.' 'You haven’t answered my question though,' the frustrated NBC reporter pressed again. 'Why does an 18-year-old need an AR-15 in the state of Texas?' Not budging an inch, Gonzales replied: 'This is how the legislative process works, Congress determines the laws. Right now we have a Congress that won’t talk to one another. There’s so much rhetoric and hate.'"
Gonzales, who was first elected to Congress in 2020, voted against two recent pieces of legislation aimed at improving background checks for firearm purchases. Those bills passed the House but are stuck in the Senate.
Under federal law, handguns can only be sold to individuals over 21. The age to purchase long guns, though, is 18 — which includes AR-style semiautomatic rifles. Some states have passed their own laws raising the age to purchase these weapons, although a pair of Trump-appointed federal appeals judges recently ruled against California's law doing so.
This debate comes as the National Rifle Association is set to hold a convention in Houston, which several prominent Texas Republicans including Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott are scheduled to speak at — although Abbott has evaded questions about whether he still plans to attend following the Uvalde school shooting.
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