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Letters to the Editor: Uvalde victims deserve justice. Prosecute the cowardly cops

Simply reprimanding the police at Robb Elementary won’t do. They failed to do their jobs, and many people died.

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If a lifeguard were to ignore the cries of drowning children and then prevent their distraught parents from entering the water to save them, what do you think would happen to the lifeguard? On July 17th, the report “Systemic failures” in the Uvalde school massacre was released.

If that security guard was former President Donald Trump or any police officer present at the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, they would likely be required to take a short leave of absence and then be allowed to return to work, having paid their dues.

Sadly, the only way the 22 people killed at Robb Elementary School and the 5 people killed in the January 6, 2021 coup attempt can be avenged is if Trump and every police officer present at the school are charged with the appropriate crimes and tried in court.

Fort Worth, Texas native Sharon Austry..

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Dear Editor: The first time I landed in Dallas was many years ago. A statue of a Texas Ranger stood watch in the terminal’s lobby. At its base, the statue bore the inscription, “One riot, one ranger.”

Perhaps it’s time to remove that statue, or at least cover it up, in honor of the students and teachers who didn’t experience the bravery that state law enforcement has so proudly claimed for so long, after reading the summary of events at Robb Elementary in Uvalde and hearing that there were numerous state troopers in attendance.

Hermosa Beach resident Jim Rosenberger.

Myths busted, if you’re the editing type.

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Finally, after years of hearing National Rifle Association (NRA) chief Wayne LaPierre, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and a legion of Republicans make ridiculous, inane claims about protecting the Second Amendment, we can dismiss them.

One teenage gunman in Uvalde was able to defeat nearly 400 well-armed adults. These officers had prior knowledge of the devastation that could be caused by a weapon of war, and yet they waited over an hour before taking any decisive action.

No longer should we give any credence to the rantings of those who oppose gun control. Elections should favor candidates with thoughtful proposals to reduce America’s appalling gun violence.

Mr. Ron Diton, of Upland

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The Los Angeles Times was the first to publish this story.

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