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Yes, we should ‘back the blue.’ But they must fulfill their oaths.

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What good is law enforcement if we cannot trust it to keep Americans safe? That’s a question I bet many Americans are wondering after two revelations in recent days.

The first concerns details of the police response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Tex., earlier this week. While details are still being uncovered, it appears police officers refused to confront the shooter while there was time to save lives. Instead, they spent time corralling distraught parents outside the school and rejected pleas to do their jobs and storm the building — even as students were calling 911 from inside the classrooms. At best, they demonstrated incompetence on a massive scale. At worst, it was cowardice and a refusal to fulfill their responsibility to protect the public.

This is not the first time that armed law enforcement failed to protect innocent children in a school shooting. The school resource officer charged with protecting the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., decided to hide rather than confront the gunman. Seventeen people died that day. The officer has been disgraced and is facing trial, but that........

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