Sen. Chris Murphy attempted to use a popular pro-gun argument against Americans who support the Second Amendment with a lame reference to the tragedy that unfolded at Robb Elementary School in Ulvade.
The Connecticut Democrat attempted to argue against the commonly used phrase “good guy with a gun” for self-defense cases by citing the much-maligned police response in the small Texas city.
“The Uvalde video puts to bed, forever, the question of whether the way to deal with bad guys with guns is to make sure there are more good guys with guns,” tweeted Murphy.
“We’ve always known it was a gun industry created lie, designed to sell more guns. Now we just have the gut wrenching proof,” he added.
The Uvalde video puts to bed, forever, the question of whether the way to deal with bad guys with guns is to make sure there are more good guys with guns.
We've always known it was a gun industry created lie, designed to sell more guns. Now we just have the gut wrenching proof.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) July 13, 2022
Needless to say, several people responded to Murphy’s egregious claim as a purposeful misrepresentation of the gun rights argument.
“Ah yes, one incident of cops doing nothing is conclusive proof that private citizens need never be armed. Nobody will be persuaded by this unless they are already so ideologically committed they didn’t read the whole tweet,” replied Dan McLaughlin of National Review.
Actually Chris what the Uvalde video shows is you can’t trust law enforcement to protect you from bad guys all the time. Sometimes you have to protect yourself,” noted another popular tweet.
“Your gun control made sure the only person armed was the murderer and that the coward cops waited while everyone was murdered. Meanwhile you hide behind personal security armed with machineguns,” added another user.
“Wasn’t the ‘good guys with guns’ thing referring to bystanders, not police? If both armed police and armed civilians aren’t the way to respond to shooters, what’s the way?” asked reporter Zaid Jilani.
Still others noted that there actually were “good guys with guns” that the police stopped from entering the school in an attempt to save children that the officers themselves left to die.
“Except there was a good guy with a gun not to mention parents that tried to intervene. The cops you seem to want to let off the hook are the ones who tried to stop people from reaching the shooter. Instead of putting Uvalde PD under the fire you go after law abiding citizens,” read one of those tweets.
The senator’s comment came on the heels of newly-released video footage that put additional pressure on police. It was exclusively obtained by Austin American-Statesman and KVUE, and it shows confusion and chaos outside and inside the school as the chaos unfolded.
Pay close attention to the time stamp in the upper left hand corner.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 12, 2022
The footage shows the killer crashing his vehicle before getting out and taking shots at people approaching his vehicle, and then directly at the school.
Next, a female teacher is then heard yelling, “The kids are running! Oh my God … Get down! Get in your room! Get in your rooms!”
Also, the video notes when shots are first fired at the school from outside the building.
At 11:33 a.m., the killer enters the Robb Elementary School, as seen in the video. At one point, a young student comes around a hallway and sees the shooter but the shooter does not see the student.
Caption on the video tells viewers that the shooter then opened fire inside two classrooms for two and a half minutes, firing more than 100 rounds, but that particular footage has been removed.
At 11:36 a.m., just three minutes later, officers are seen inside the school. More officers arrive, but at 12:09 p.m., not a single rescue attempt has been made, the video says in a caption.
Steve McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, has heavily criticized the police response.