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TX official says law enforcement made the "wrong decision" & should have entered the school sooner

<strong>May 24:</strong> Members of the community gather at the City of Uvalde Town Square for a prayer vigil in the wake of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
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<strong>May 24:</strong> Members of the community gather at the City of Uvalde Town Square for a prayer vigil in the wake of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

On this edition of Your Call's Media Roundtable, we'll discuss the latest from Uvalde, Texas.

At a press briefing this morning, Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw said 19 officers were on the scene. The commander made a decision not to enter the building. During this time, the gunman fired 315 rounds into classrooms and two children called 911. One of those children was shot and killed, according to reports.

With the benefit of hindsight, McCraw said not entering was the "wrong decision." From what we know, there should have been an entry. When there is an active shooter, officers should enter the scene and keep shooting. He would not say whether lives would have been saved if officials entered sooner.

Why has it taken so long to release this information? Who will be held accountable?

Guests:

Jennifer Mascia, news writer for The Trace

Gabriel Arana, editor-in-chief of the Texas Observer 

Web Resources:

The Brady Center: Which Senators Have Taken the Most NRA Money?

AP: Questions arise over police delays with gunman inside school

The Texas Tribune: Authorities took an hour to stop Uvalde gunman, raising questions about law enforcement response

The Washington Post: How the official accounts about the Uvalde shooting have changed

The Dallas Morning News: Husband of slain Uvalde teacher dies of heart attack after visiting memorial at school

Reuters: How Canada, Australia, UK changed laws after mass shootings

Press Watch: It’s the Republicans who have turned guns into a political issue

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.