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Sunday, June 12, 2022 

Failures to learn from past violent tragedies are exactly why they'll continue

Wayne Black's pointed out how the authorities responding to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas failed to learn from the past:
There is a 100 percent chance of more school shootings. The more media posts photos of the shooters and dedicates airtime to the monsters who kill our children, the more likely copycats will appear. If politicians spent the amount of energy on legislation requiring school safety that they do on trying to use the events for gun control measures, our schools would be much safer.

The final investigative report on the Uvalde, Texas school shooting this spring will no doubt be worse than we know at this time. Yet it’s still clear from the facts we do know that blaming gun ownership for the tragedy is a mistake.

According to the Texas DPS timeline, at 11:35 a.m. that day, officers “receive[d] grazing wounds from the gunman.” They then showed rank cowardice and retreated, but it’s unclear whether they fired back. At some point the so-called Uvalde school police chief arrived, but he had no police radio with him during the incident.
Going to the scene unequipped is another bizarre mistake, and it's inexplicable how these officials could be so irresponsible.
The failures of the police response certainly contributed to the tragedy. What’s worse is that the officers clearly had failed to learn or act on training from previous such shootings.

The Columbine High School massacre and attempted bombing occurred on April 20, 1999. Twelve students and one teacher were murdered. As result, law enforcement drastically changed their standard response from “wait for the SWAT team” to “wait for three others,” known as “the quad.” Later the standard police response became to simply wait for one more officer.

In the last few years, it changed again to a single-officer response. That means the standard now is that the first officer on the scene must engage the shooter to stop him and then at once rescue those who may be wounded.

Failure to follow these protocols has contributed to other school mass tragedies. In February 2018, an active shooter murdered 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School in Parkland, Florida. Despite the new protocol learned from Columbine, deputies from the Broward Sheriff’s Office did not engage the active shooter, which no doubt resulted in more death, either from gunshots or students bleeding out.

The Florida governor suspended the Broward County sheriff. Later, the Florida Senate voted to confirm the removal of the sheriff, largely as a result of the failures at the MSD shooting. No one imagined that after Columbine and then after MSD Parkland a failure to at once engage an active shooter would ever happen again — but it did in Uvalde.
This obviously is also due to lack of moral courage, and maybe even lack of military-style thinking, which'll have to serve as the example to follow in future incidents like these. Anybody who doesn't have the braveness to confront violent armed offenders, regardless of the outcome, cannot serve in such jobs.

But there's another culprit - a very huge elephant in the room - that's also responsible for encouraging horrors like this, and that's Hollywood. As talk show host Bill Maher points out, Hollywood's romance with gun violence also has blame to shoulder in these terrible affairs:
Comedian Bill Maher said Friday on HBO’s “Real Time” that Hollywood’s “unbridled romanticization of gun violence” in movies is influencing mass shootings.

Mahar said, “When liberals scream, do something after a mass shooting. Why aren’t we also dealing with the fact that the average American kid sees 200,000 acts of violence on screens before the age of 18? And that according to the FBI, one of the warning signs of a potential school shooter is a fascination with violence-filled entertainment. It’s funny, Hollywood is the wokest place on earth, and in every other area of social responsibility, they have intimacy coordinators to assist with sex scenes, they hire sensitivity readers to edit scripts, Disney stood up to the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. Another studio spent $10 million to digitally edit Kevin Spacey from a movie. But when it comes to the unbridled romanticization of gun violence, crickets. Weird. the only thing we don’t call a trigger is the one that actually has a trigger.
Yes, that is some serious hypocrisy in how the movie business is viewed, isn't it? Everybody makes such a fuss over how LGBT ideology is dealt with, and even racism, but when it comes to gun violence, they grind to a screeching halt in all their moral hypocrisy. It's definitely insulting to the intellect. Even video games like Doom and Mortal Kombat have to shoulder blame for being a bad influence as far as acceptable of violence is concerned. Any parent who really doesn't want their children to fall under bad influence would do well to stop letting their kids play video games like those, and stop letting them watch all those violent movies from Hollywood too that wallow in gun mayhem. Failure to consider that continuing to allow younger viewership for these kind of nasty products only contributes to an already dire issue only ensures there'll be more repulsive tragedies in the future.

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