I know exactly why the Uvalde police didn’t rush to that classroom. And who can blame them?

Officers had reasonable fear

I don’t need to see the body camera footage to understand why police officers in Uvalde waited over an hour before confronting a gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers. They clearly feared for their own lives, knowing they would be faced with a military-style assault rifle that can blast through cars, doors and walls.

Police failure in Uvalde should be shared with every police union in the country. They have watched and done nothing to protect their officers from their demise. Police forces across the country must go on strike and demand that Congress ban assault weapons with high-capacity magazines to ensure the safety of both officers and every child they are sworn to protect.

– Sharon Austry, Fort Worth

Fresh ideas about the arms debate

I’m on a seesaw on the firearms issue. As an unrepentant literalist on the Constitution, I distrust those who demand that I or anyone else compromise “because it just makes sense” or because we “have to do something”. But I see and support the need for demonstrable training and proficiency in many fields and activities, including firearms, because grandpa or father aren’t there to teach young people to handle items such as guns with respect and caution.

Sunday’s columns by Mark Davis and Tom Giovanetti (5C, “Conservatives Can Live With Senate Arms Deal – Except This One Horrible Provision,” “Even Second Amendment Rights Are Not Absolute. Let’s Talk About Keeping weapons for the insane”) are great explanations of how we should approach the subject and reasonably “do something”. Thanks for clearing the air a bit.

– James R. Cooke, Willow Park

When the weapons get personal

All law-abiding citizens should absolutely have the right to own a gun to protect their homes. Should criminals, minors, bandits and idiots buy all the weapons they want? Absolutely not. How many mass shootings still have to take place before the availability of weapons of all kinds to all kinds of people is ended?

To those who are against extensive background checks, just wait until a relative is shot by someone who should never have had a gun. We can only hope it doesn’t happen.

-JW Holmes, Arlington

Cruz offers pablum, no action

Senator Ted Cruz’s message after the Uvalde massacre was that he and his wife were praying for the community. As a 72-year-old gun owner, native Texan, and Cruz voter, I’d rather he support the House gun laws sitting in the Senate.

Texans support universal background checks on all gun purchases. Background checks alone won’t solve the problem, so we also need red flag laws, magazine capacity limits and raising the age to buy a firearm to 21.

I’m tired of Cruz’s Christian-style chatter, deflection from the real issues of gun violence and doing nothing.

-David E. Voss, Dallas

straight people aren’t ‘sexual’?

To avoid playing “sexual identity politics,” the Texas Republican Party denied stands sponsored by LGBTQ groups at its convention in Houston. (June 19, 18A, “Fort Worth LGBTQ Republican Group Denied Booth at Convention”) By that logic, booths sponsored by heterosexual participants should be denied.

To be fair, both groups should be accepted because both belong to the same human race.

– Rita Cotterly, Fort Worth

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