Many will fault me for “Monday morning quarterbacking” on this one, but I know of that which I describe, having a life full of experiences that too often could have ended with me wrapped in a blanket and thrown in a dark hole, or left to rot in the woods somewhere … Hahaha.
I just wish those Uvalde police officers could been trained by Howard Ross, an “old school officer” who served the City of LaVergne, Tennessee back in the day, or Lt Gary Whitehouse from the Nashville Metropolitan Police Dept, or even A.C. Wintermeyer who served as a lone police officer for LaVergne, before it incorporated, and dealt with a huge criminal element along the longtime lawless border of Rutherford and Davidson Counties; these were tough, hardened no-nonsense men who went up against some of the most hardened criminals of their day and lived to tell the tale. Buford Pusser didn’t have anything over them.
The more I learned about this bungled operation the angrier it made me. I’m normally a huge supporter of all law enforcement, but I can’t find the slightest saving grace in this entire miserable case, or anything that redeems these cowards in my eyes. Perhaps I am being too hard, but I think not, especially as I consider those anxious parents who were so sorely mistreated as events unfolded and how I would feel as the father of two daughters and seven grandchildren and the fact that numerous 911 calls kept coming from the school, right up to the bitter end.
Regardless of what anyone thinks, this is my assessment of what happened. You and others too may somewhat or even largely disagree, or You may actually agree with my take on it. Whichever is the case, at the least, I hope You and others will find this an interesting perspective; maybe even a few police officers will read it and take away a positive impactful insight from it. ~ J.O.S.
~ Uvalde: A Failure to Defend and Protect ~
The murderous criminally insane thug who recently murdered nineteen innocent and tender young children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas is primarily to blame for this entire abhorrent and horrific tragedy, however, the recent information revealed by Steven McCraw, the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, on May 27th 2022, in a press conference in Uvalde suggests that many of these little treasures, these little angels, need not have died at the hands of this monster, except for the parade of feckless and incompetent cowards who did nothing of substance for one hour and fifteen minutes to faithfully carry out their oaths to defend and protect the citizens of this small community.
So many mistakes and critical errors enabled this monster to carry out his evil and deadly mission with too much success, from a teacher leaving a backdoor cracked open sometime prior to the shooter’s arrival to the School Resource Officer being away from his post. However, the most egregious error was the decision by Police Chief Arredondo, the on-site incident commander, to treat the situation as a barricade scenario rather than the ongoing active shooter incident it still was, as children kept calling 911 from inside Rooms 111 and 112 up to an hour and fifteen minutes after the shooter had entered the school, saying “Please send police now.”
Salvador Ramos, the “troubled” young man, wrecked his truck in front of the school around 11:28 a.m. (CST) by all accounts after first shooting his grandmother in the face (she’s stable for now), and he fired numerous rounds between the crash site and the school, where he entered at 11:33 a.m. and proceeded to fire a hundred plus rounds into all the little children around him, firing approximately 142 rounds from the beginning of his malevolent mission to its bloody end.
Incredibly, three police officers were there by 11:35 and engaged Ramos, only to retreat to cover after two were grazed by bullets. There’s no shame in retreating and regrouping, but there is a mountain of shame to be borne by these so-called police officers for the Coward’s Game they played by sitting back, calling for back-up for one lone gunman and waiting for tactical officers to arrive.
As Director McCraw detailed, nineteen officers had amassed themselves outside those rooms by 11:53 a.m., but received orders to wait. It was another agonizing, painful twenty-eight minutes longer for parents to endure, before the Border Patrol Tactical Team even began to arrive, and incomprehensibly, they didn’t breach the doors until a half hour later. These amounted to unnecessary delays that probably contributed in some significant manner to the final body count being higher than it should have been.
In speaking to Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room the day after the shooting, Lieutenant Chris Olivarez, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told Blitzer that officers had been cautious because “they could have been shot.”
COWARD! That’s the thought that immediately entered my mind upon hearing Lt Olivarez’s words. Damnable Coward!
A room full of adults being murdered by a mad gunman would be terrified. Just imagine the terror and trauma these tiny children, ranging in ages from seven to ten years old, certainly must have experienced between the time this murder spree started and they either died or somehow managed to survive it all, knowing that many of their friends had suffered unimaginable pain and agony in their deaths.
The “regular” police stood around outside for over an hour, fretting and wringing their hands, tasing and handcuffing parents who were naturally beside themselves with horror and anguish, as they begged the police to act. Plenty of video evidence proves this to be the truth of the matter.
One man can be heard angrily exclaiming:
“These cops are right here. Bro, there’s a fucking shooting at the school and these fucking cops are telling everybody to leave, dude, while everybody’s here trying to pick up their fucking kids. They’re just all fucking parking outside, man – they need to go in there.”
And still they waited – and waited – and waited some more for the tactical team, as every minute, every second was precious to those trapped inside Rooms 111 and 112 with Ramos, as one little girl actually smeared her friend’s blood on her and played dead so she would stand a chance at surviving the ordeal.
It’s unfathomable to me, simply because as a former soldier, I know that despite all the hooplah around U.S. Special Forces and airborne infantry units, that a fine, outstanding regular ground-pounding infantryman is often just as proficient in tactics and ability with arms, as his Special Forces counterpart, especially if he has already been baptized by fire in combat. And by that same token, any police officer worth his weight in salt should have been able to handle this situation equally as well as any SWAT or Border Tactical team member.
As Director Steve McCraw noted today:
“When it comes to an active shooter, you don’t have to wait on tactical gear [or a tactical team], plain and simple. … There was plenty of officers [at the scene] to do what needed to be done.”
Ironically, one off duty Customs and Border Protection Agent, Jacob Albarado, rushed from a local barbershop with the barber’s shotgun, arriving just as the tactical squad was preparing to mount its assault on Ramos, and he did manage to evacuate his own eight year old daughter and dozens of other students, coordinating with two other officers to effect the rescue. Likewise, one mother, Angeli Rose Gomez, circumvented the police and jumped the fence to enter the school and rescue her own two children.
Many of the victims may well have still been alive, while the police stood around like some sort of bad parody of the Keystone Cops and essentially bungled the entire operation. Found dead were precious angels Navaeh Bravo, Jackie Cazares, McKenna Lee Elrod, Jose Flores, Ellie Garcia, Uziyah Garcia, Amerie Jo Garza, Xavier Lopez, Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, Tess Mata, Miranda Mathis, Alithea Ramirez, Annabelle Gaudalupe Rodriguez, Maite Rodriguez, Alexandria Anya Rubio, Layla Salazar, Jailah Silguero, Eliahana Torres and Rojelio Torres, along with the two teachers, Irma Garcia and Eva Mereles.
If a regular patrol officer cannot handle something like this with one or two or three others, without having to wait on SWAT or some other agency’s tactical team, they haven’t been properly and fully trained as police officers, not really they haven’t. More than this, if they can sit outside with a clear conscience, as a monster is in the middle of committing mass murder, they are the worse sort of damned cowards one may find, and they should be immediately dismissed from the force.
Every manjack among us who has ever worked a dangerous job, such as firefighter, policeman, and soldier, took the position full well knowing that at some point in one’s career, one’s life may be put on the line to save one’s self and others. We full well understood that our jobs called for rising above the standards of the average citizen and being able to rise to meet whatever deadly challenge presented itself, to improvise and overcome the threat through decisive and courageous actions, however difficult it might be to dig down so deep on any particular day, so that everybody would returns home alive, when duty called.
So what if a couple of officers were scored a tiny bit by a hot bullet travelling at 3200 feet per second in their initial encounter with Ramos? The fact that they were able to crab-crawl or scramble back to cover and await further orders without having to be hospitalized shows they could have done more.
The fact that they didn’t is a sad statement against police training. They allowed one untrained criminally insane teen thug to essentially neutralize them – nineteen police officers standing in the hallway outside that room already awash in the blood of those precious little ones.
… and then this damned Porch monkey had to open his mouth! ~ Ed.
Yes, police officers are asked to do a damn tough job everyday, but when little innocent children’s lives are at stake and many are already dead or wounded and bleeding out, you don’t stand around with your head stuck up your ass waiting for someone to tell you what to do. You rush to save the innocent, whether it places your life in jeopardy or not; that’s what you were hired to do, and supposedly trained to do.
Those officers had a duty to those poor, unfortunate Little Angels, those second, third and fourth graders, to regroup and mount a fresh attack, over and over again, until they succeeded in neutralizing or killing Ramos, while trying to stay alive in the process. But even if they were to lose their life in the ensuing firefight, they had an obligation to those tiny hearts and the community and those who loved them to try, and try again, and try some more, right up to the end.
I’ve never been a police officer. But you can bet your ass against a stale donut that whether I was a police officer or a simple civilian and one of my children were in one of those classrooms, while the police were playing The Coward’s Game, I wouldn’t have been asking or waiting for permission to breach the perimeter to enter the school myself; and I’d have done my dead level best to kill Ramos or die trying, pure and simple, no damned brag just fact, from someone who has already seen his share of firefights and hand-to-hand combat situations throughout his years
May 28, 2022
~ The Author ~
Justin O. Smith has lived in Tennessee off and on most of his adult life, and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1980, with a B.S. and a double major in International Relations and Cultural Geography – minors in Military Science and English, for what its worth. His real education started from that point on. Smith is a frequent contributor to the family of Kettle Moraine Publications.
Thank you, Justin O. Smith, for feeling the disgust and anger that I and many others feel.
Thank you even more for having the guts to say it, put it in writing, and send it out to the world to read.
I, for one, agree and feel every word you penned as my own.
I shed tears of sorrow for these beautiful, murdered children and their teachers.
I also shed tears of anger, anger for the cowards who allowed the bloodshed.
There is more to this horrific murderous, cowardly act than we have heard.
There is always more.
I would reconsider your racial epethet as a caption below the photo of Obama. I don’t know if this was added by the editor (“-Ed”) or the author but it shuts down any positive statements throughout the rest of the article.
This story it flopping around like a salmon on the river bed, so you can count on the narrative being completely different in a few days…. But here’s what has been reported so far. (or not).
There are no photo’s or videos confirming anyone was shot. (too scary?)
Shooter had no drivers license or other ID, so how did he buy guns? Who let him drive the new pickup?
Scene of crashed pickup and fence it went through appear completely staged. No skid marks of any kind. Tires end up under the truck!
Shooter allegedly had over 300lbs of guns and ammo. Started shooting in the parking lot where he was shot and killed, but then the story changed and hes inside a classroom with a long rifle.
Shooter had a part time job at a Wendy’s…. but buys all kinds of expensive guns.
CNN interviews two grieving dads holding up pictures of their dead daughters….. it’s the same picture.
ABC interviews another grieving dad who says his daughter is missing. He does not identify himself or even mention his daughters name. (really looked like he was trying not to laugh.)
New York Post puts out smiling portraits of all the dead kids. Where did they get all those photo’s so fast? Then they post pictures of “terrified” kids running out of school….. the kids are all smiling.
BTW, some of these kids photo’s are dead ringers for a couple of the Sandy Hook alleged victims.
BTW, that picture of the Sandy Hook victims laying on pavement at a fire station covered with tarps was actually a photo taken some 9 years prior of dead fisherman lost in a storm off the coast of New Foundland… but I digress……
And today, Uvalde Police are refusing to cooperate with Texas State Police who want to investigate what happened. That’s normal right?
So, just maybe, none of the cops stormed the school because they knew there was no shooter in there, and should just stay on script as ordered?
sorry to say but this account is the “porch monkey’s agenda just as it was with sandy hook, las vegas and others.
they are evil bastards and must be taken down.
america had better wake up, this shit is clear to see now !
If I were an anti-American POS that wanted to fundamentally change an entire social structure. If I wanted to destroy a country like America, I might try some things.
I would attack the basic religious values of that society. I would do my best to destroy the nuclear family structure and confuse their morality. I would indoctrinate the young to accept my authority and my ideas, from the earliest possible age. While also undermining the will and authority of the parents if they chose to object.
I would incorporate any and all information systems to continuously disseminate propaganda and lies to the members of that society, endlessly, day and night.
I would also do all I could to upset all aspects of the economy of that society to keep the people in a state of stress as often and as long as possible. Last but not least I would appeal to the worst side of the psyche of that society in an attempt to pit them against each other on a tribal or racial level. I would try by all available means to antagonize and promote these divisions and encourage distrust and violence.
Finally, when they all feel like there is no end to the chaos, when they are in a state of not knowing who to trust or where to turn for relief from the mess I have created. I would utter those fateful words as we were warned might come to us by former president Ronald Reagan.
I AM FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND I AM HERE TO HELP !!!