Greg Ellifritz, a nationally known and respected law enforcement and self-defense instructor whom we’ve met in these pages before, wrote a very good analysis of the Uvalde school shooting soon after it occurred, based on the information then available. A lot has been learned since. Now he’s come out with an updated analysis – and his comments on the law enforcement departments, agencies and individuals involved are scathing. Highlighted items are my emphasis.
It turns out that cops were on scene. They chose not to engage stating they feared missing and hitting children in the area.
Imagine being given the opportunity to instantly stop an active killer event at an elementary school before anyone got hurt. Then imagine failing to take that opportunity because you don’t trust your own marksmanship abilities.
I wonder if these officers wished they had practiced more or taken a carbine class on their own dime to build their skill set? Probably not, because in police work, failing to act is always preferable to acting and experiencing an unfavorable outcome.
These officers will never be punished for failing to take the shot, but they would be fired, sued and maybe jailed if they shot and accidentally hit a kid.
Which option would you choose given this scenario? I would argue that sometimes you have to take the shot regardless of the backstop. If these officers would have missed, they may have hit a couple kids on the playground. That would be absolutely horrible, but would be a far better result than the massacre that occurred.
But again, these officers will not be disciplined for allowing a murderer to get into an elementary school. They would be fired and sued if they had missed and shot kids on a playground. These are the rules society has set for officers. There’s no expectation that they do anything. They get punished if they screw up. They aren’t given the training to be truly competent with their weapons. It’s easy to see why they made the choices they did.
People have been clamoring for kinder, gentler, less militarized cops for the last 15 years. This is the result. As my friend Darryl Bolke says: “You get the police department you deserve.” When you reward and promote inept cowards, yes-men, and suck-ups because they never used force or screwed up in the field, you get police chiefs like Pete Arredondo.
Remember, these are the folks you are calling to help you in your worst moments. As I’ve said before, you are on your own. No one is coming to save you.
There’s more at the link, covering more issues that have come to light after the shooting.
To my mind, this incident offers yet more justification for homeschooling your children, rather than sending them into the already-failing, corrupt, top-heavy, riddled-with-political-correctness public school system. Turns out big public schools are also shooter magnets. If someone has a beef with society, and wants to go out in a torrent of blood and a blaze of publicity, a perfect target-rich environment awaits him in the public schools of this nation. If you send your child to such a school, you expose him or her to that danger . . . but if you homeschool them instead, either alone or in association with other parents, you remove them from that danger. What’s more, there are no laws, rules or regulations prohibiting parents from being armed and ready to defend their children against any threat that might arise. I know a couple of parents who’ve already (somewhat profanely) emphasized that, and made sure that the homeschooling parent is both equipped and trained to act as protector as well as educator. I’ve even helped to train a few of them.
I’m sure social justice warriors will have (yet another) attack of the vapors at the very thought of armed parents protecting their own children. I’m equally sure the rest of us won’t give a damn about them – which is entirely as it should be. I daresay our kids will be a lot safer and better protected than theirs.