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

The officers had justified fears

I don’t need to watch body camera video to understand why the police in Uvalda waited over an hour before confronting the gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers. They clearly feared for their lives, knowing that they would face a battle rifle capable of shooting through cars, doors and walls.

The failure of the police in Uvalda must be shared with every police union in the country. They stood aside and did nothing to protect their officers from firearms. Police departments across the country should go on strike and demand that Congress ban high-capacity assault weapons to ensure the safety of officers, as well as every child they are sworn to protect.

— Sharon Ostry, Fort Worth

Fresh ideas in the gun debate

I doubt the issue of firearms. As an unrepentant constitutional literalist, I am suspicious of those who demand that I or anyone else compromise “because it just makes sense” or because we have to “do something.” But I see and support the need to demonstrate training and skill in many areas and endeavors, including firearms, because there is no grandfather or father around to teach young people the respectful and careful handling of objects such as weapons.

Sunday Columns by Mark Davis and Tom Giovannetti (5C, “Conservatives Can Live With Senate Gun Deal – Barring One Terrible Provision”, “Even 2nd Amendment Rights Are Not Absolute. Let’s Talk About Keeping Guns From Crazies”) are great explanations . how we need to approach the subject and intelligently “do something”. Thanks for clearing things up a bit.

— James R. Cook, Willow Park

When guns get personal

All law abiding citizens should have the right to own a gun to defend their home, absolutely. Should criminals, juveniles, criminals and lunatics buy any weapon they want? Absolutely not. How many more mass shootings must happen before all kinds of weapons are available to all people?

To those who oppose extended background checks: just wait until a family member is shot dead by someone who should never have had a gun. We can only hope that this does not happen.

— J. W. Holmes, Arlington

Cruz offers sweet, not action

Senator Ted Cruz’s message after the Uvalda massacre was that he and his wife prayed for the community. As a 72-year-old gun owner, Texas native and Cruz MP, I’d rather see him uphold the House gun bill that’s pending in the Senate.

Texans support universal background checks on gun purchases. Background checks alone won’t solve the problem, which is why we also need red flag laws, store capacity limits, and raising the age to purchase any firearm to 21.

I’m sick of Cruz’s Christian babble, reflecting real issues with gun violence and doing nothing.

— David E. Voss, Dallas

Are heterosexual people not “sexy”?

To avoid playing “sexual identity politics,” the Republican Party of Texas dropped booths sponsored by LGBTQ groups at its convention in Houston. (June 19, 18A, “Fort Worth LGBTQ Republican group denied booth at convention”) By this logic, booths sponsored by straight members should be banned.

To be fair, both groups must be accepted because both belong to the same human race.

— Rita Cotterley, Fort Worth

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