WaPo worries Uvalde police response problems will ‘take focus off the real issue: guns’

Commenting on the news reports that Uvalde law enforcement made errors in neutralizing the school shooter on Tuesday, the outlet’s editorial board maintained that gun control is the only thing that lawmakers should strive for in mitigating these horrific crimes.

The column, 标题, “Police mistakes in Uvalde should not take focus off the real issue: 枪,” began by describing law enforcement failures on a day in which 19 children and two schoolteachers were gunned down in their classrooms by a killer with a gun, namely the revelation thatfor more than 45 minutes no effort was made to breach the classroom door.

To the editorial board, 这个 “exploded the trope, so frequently offered by opponents to stricter firearm laws, that the best protection from mass shootings is ‘a good guy with a gun.’

Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, 星期二, 可能 24, 2022, (乌瓦尔德), 德州.

Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, 星期二, 可能 24, 2022, (乌瓦尔德), 德州. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

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The editorial acknowledged the police have some explaining to do. “There are still questions to be answered. Foremost: Did children die who could have been saved if police had acted differently?” they wrote but insisted the public not get distracted by that.

But outrage over police actions — or, 在这种情况下, inaction — should not take the focus off the fact that the central issue this country must confront, if it is to prevent these kinds of atrocities, is guns,” the board claimed.

The piece declared that guns in America 是 “Too many and too often in the hands of the wrong people.

The Washington Post editorial board said that preventing mass shootings requires focus on gun control not better police training. ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images

The Washington Post editorial board said that preventing mass shootings requires focus on gun control not better police training. ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images

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