Apparently, they could not find the key.
Haunting video footage showed weeping, screaming parents begging cops to act as swat teams restrain them, with one officer yelling, “we are taking care of it!”
Emerging accounts of the carnage also revealed that the teenage gunman, 18-year old Salvatore Ramos, was confronted by an armed sentry after he crashed his truck into a ditch near the school, but he still managed to get into the school with his assault weapon after shooting at the guard.
Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, acknowledge that 40 minutes to an hour transpired between when officers first encountered the gunman and when he was shot, insisting that they did their best. But one enraged parent said it took 90 minutes from the first 911 call ( at 11.32 am) to the time cops took down the killer at 1 pm.
Javier Cazares, a parent whose fourth grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, told the media he raced to the school when he heard about the shooting, and raised the idea of charging into the school with several other bystanders after he saw the cops were not going in.
“There was at least 40 lawmen armed to the teeth but didn’t do a darn thing until it was far too late,” he said.
The fiasco effectively answered one of the more stupid gun lovers’ suggestions to counter school shootings: Post armed guards at schools. Some of them also advocate arming school teachers and having a single point of entry to schools.
No word about what they intend to do about shootings in churches, supermarkets, malls, playgrounds etc.
The appalling, mostly Republican insensitivity to a national tragedy resounded across the country as they continued to make familiar arguments to protect the right to bear arms enshrined in the second amendment of the US Constitution — a 1791 document written by slave-owning “Founding Fathers” in the age of muskets.
There is little sign that the carnage, the 27th and by far the deadliest school shooting this year, has moved Republican leaders and lawmakers wedded to a misinterpreted Second Amendment. Former President Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are among those slated to attend the annual convention this weekend of the National Rifle Association,who contributes heavily to many lawmakers who support gun rights.
A few have been shamed into bailing out. Musician Don McLean, singer-songwriter of the storied “American Pie,” who was scheduled to sing at the event, pulled out, saying it would be “hurtful and “disrespectful” for him to perform.
Not that it did any good to families of the 21 people, including 19 children, who were massacred on Tuesday. The music in their lives died on May 24.