Uvalde School Police Chief Placed on Leave

    Photo: AP [via The New York Post]

    The Facts

    • On Wed., Police Chief Pete Arredondo - the on-scene commander who oversaw the law enforcement response to last month's elementary school shooting in Uvalde that killed 21 - was placed on administrative leave.

    • This comes a day after Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) leader Col. Steven McCraw testified in front of a state Senate hearing, calling the local police response to the shooting an "abject failure" and in violation of basic protocol.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    It's not a coincidence that Texas, home to some of the most lenient gun laws in the country, has suffered a string of mass shootings. This incident is far from the first time that armed officers haven't been able to prevent school shootings, and unless legislators adopt stricter gun control laws, it won't be the last.

    Right narrative

    Blaming gun ownership for this tragedy is a mistake. Police didn't follow active-shooter protocols and the school wasn't sufficiently secured beforehand. The answer to preventing school shootings is better training and hardening schools' protocols and protections; not gun control.

    Political split



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