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US won’t send Ukraine rocket systems + Girl killed in School shooting likely ‘Bled Out’ waiting for help

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Girl Killed In Texas School Shooting Likely ‘Bled Out’ Waiting For Help: Official

One of 19 children killed in last week’s school shooting in Texas “likely bled out” in the more than an hour it took for law enforcement to confront and neutralize the gunman, a state senator said Sunday, citing the child’s family.

State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, where Tuesday’s shooting occurred at Robb Elementary, said the extreme delay in first responders’ actions more than likely raised the death toll to 21.

“I sat down with a parent, a set of ― a family yesterday,” Gutierrez said in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union.”

″(The) mom told me that her child had been shot by one bullet through the back, through the kidney area. The first responder that they eventually talked to said that their child likely bled out,” he said. “In that span of 30 or 40 minutes extra, that little girl might have lived. That little girl might have lived.”

Questions have continued to grow about why law enforcement took so long to engage with the gunman, who authorities said was locked in a classroom with his victims for over an hour before he was finally taken out by Border Patrol tactical officers.

Gutierrez said that, based on information he’s been given, the tactical team made the decision to take on the shooter independently after becoming frustrated over the lack of response from other law enforcement officials at the scene.

The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety on Friday said it was the “wrong decision” for more than a dozen officers to wait outside the classroom before that tactical team responded.

The Justice Department said Sunday said it will look into how law enforcement responded to the situation.

A makeshift memorial for last week’s shooting victims is seen outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Saturday.

Gutierrez said what he personally wants to see going forward is a change to current gun laws so that such tragedies don’t happen again. He said he’s privately heard from some Republican colleagues who want the same.

Some of the changes he said he supports are red flag laws that would allow police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. He also supports waiting periods to buy firearms, raising the age to purchase a gun, and improving background checks.

“We must have change. I have spent time with many of these families and this is just heartbreaking. I just cannot do this anymore. It is heartbreaking. No family should go through what these people are going through,” he said.


Biden says US won’t send Ukraine rocket systems that can reach Russia

President Biden on Monday said the United States will not send rocket systems to Ukraine that could potentially reach into Russia, after reports that the administration was preparing to send long-range systems to the besieged European ally.

Multiple outlets had reported that the administration was leaning toward sending advanced long-range rocket systems to Ukraine, which is currently fending off an invasion from Moscow — and to which the U.S. is providing significant economic and military support.

Biden was asked about the potential move by reporters outside the White House and said that his administration would not send Ukraine rocket systems that strike into Russia.

The Washington Post reported that the administration was mulling providing the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), which would allow Ukrainians to fire rockets much further than they are currently able.

MLRS had reportedly been a top request from Ukrainian officials, who say they need it to stop the advance of Russian forces in the east, which has taken control of the key city of Lyman last week.

May 30, 2022: President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington after returning from Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Washington Post reported that the State Department had said the White House had concerns that providing Ukraine with the MLRS could result in a situation in which Ukrainians fire rockets into Russian territory — which would spark a major escalation in the conflict. Officials had reportedly mulled managing the risk by withholding some of the longest-range rockets available.

Russia has objected loudly to moves by the West to provide Ukraine with weapons. Russian President Vladimir Putin had spoken to leaders of France and Germany on Saturday and warned against continued transfers of weapons to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. had said that any move by America to send long-range rocket systems to Ukraine would be “unacceptable” and demanded that “Washington does not take such a provocative step.”

Rebekah Koffler, former DIA intelligence officer and author of “Putin’s Playbook,” said that sending those systems to Ukraine would be seen as escalatory by Moscow, which comes with significant risks and a potential Russian response.

“Whether we believe we are climbing the escalatory ladder or not, it’s irrelevant, it’s how the Russians perceive it, because they are acting on it,” she said.

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Koffler said that another motivation for Biden could be concern about how the systems would be used by the Ukrainians.

“Perhaps he doesn’t trust [Ukrainian President] Zelenskyy in using the systems judiciously because Zelenskyy has been very clear that he doesn’t want to cede any land to Russia, he doesn’t want to compromise at all, and he even wants to take Crimea back, which is pretty unlikely,” she said. “And probably the concern is that Ukraine might misuse it, causing uncontrollable escalation and would potentially drag the United States into the conflict and would potentially trigger Russian cyberattacks on the U.S. homeland in order to deter us, and things can just go out of control pretty quickly.”

She also noted that Russia had sought to deter Washington from sending the systems to Ukraine by testing a hypersonic missile this week.

“This test of highly advanced technology was almost certainly Moscow’s signal to Washington that Russia would be willing to take this conflict into the next level on the escalation ladder if Ukraine is provided with weaponry that by far overmatches its current capabilities,” she said.

The Biden administration had received criticism from hawkish Republicans for not moving quickly enough to provide Ukraine with the systems. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said that the administration has been “dragging their feet” on the Ukrainian request.

“Apparently, providing Ukraine this new capability creates concerns among some in the Biden Administration that it will be seen as provocative and escalatory in the eyes of Putin,” he tweeted.

“It is time to stop Putin from dictating the actions of the free world.”


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