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

Officials had legitimate concerns
I don't need to see the body camera footage to understand why police officers in Uvalde waited more than an hour before confronting a gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers. They obviously feared for their own lives, knowing they would face a military-style assault rifle that can shoot through cars, doors, and walls.
The failure of the police in Uvalde must be shared with all police unions in the country. They stood by and did nothing to protect their officers from being outgunned. Police departments across the country should go on strike and demand that Congress ban assault weapons with high-capacity magazines to ensure the safety of officers and any children they are sworn to protect.
- Sharon Austry, Fort Worth
Fresh ideas on the gun debate
I'm torn about the gun issue. As an unrepentant supporter of the Constitution, I am suspicious of those who demand that I or someone else compromise "because it just makes sense" or because we "have to do something". But I see and support the need for proven education and competency in many fields and endeavors, including firearms, because grandpa or dad aren't there to teach young people how to handle objects like guns with respect and care.
Sunday's columns by Mark Davis and Tom Giovanetti (5C, "Conservatives Can Live With Senate Gun Deal Except for That One Terrible Provision", "Not Even Second Amendment Rights Are Absolute. Let's Talk About Keeping Guns Off the Insane" ) are great explanations of how we need to approach the topic and "do something" sensibly. Thanks for venting a bit.
- James R. Cooke, Willow Park
When the guns get personal
All law-abiding citizens should have the absolute right to own a gun to protect their home. Should criminals, minors, outlaws and weirdos be allowed to buy any guns they want? Absolutely not. How many more mass shootings have to happen before all kinds of guns are available to all kinds of people?
To those who resist enhanced background checks, just wait for a family member to be gunned down by someone who should never have had a gun. We can only hope it doesn't happen.
- J.W. Holmes, Arlington
Cruz offers pablum, no action
Senator Ted Cruz's message after the Uvalde massacre was that he and his wife prayed for the community. As a 72-year-old gun owner, native Texan, and member of Cruz, I would prefer him to support House gun legislation that sits in the Senate.
Texans support universal background checks on all gun purchases. Background checks alone won't solve the problem, so we also need warning signs, magazine capacity limits, and raising the age for buying firearms to 21.
I'm sick of Cruz's Christian-tinged ramblings, distractions from the real issues of gun violence and the do-nothing attitude.
-David E Voss, Dallas
Straight people aren't "sexual"?
To avoid playing "sexual identity politics," the Texas Republican Party refused booths sponsored by LGBTQ groups at its convention in Houston. (19 Jun 18A, "Fort Worth LGBTQ Republican group deniedStand at Convention") Following this logic, booths sponsored by straight participants should be denied.
To be fair both groups should be accepted as both belong to the same human race.
- Rita Cotterly, Fort Worth

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