🇺🇸 Constable Confusion
June 2, 2022

Good morning and happy Thursday! Go ahead and have that extra cup of coffee this morning — it’s all good based on this medical research…

Plus, why are the streets in Phoenix painted gray? It’s connected to something the city is famous for…

Also, dad may be a grill master, but he doesn’t have all the answers…

Flag Polls

ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 5/31: Biden Job Approval, Rasmussen Reports Approve 43,
Disapprove 55
R 5/25: Gen. Congress Vote, Rasmussen Reports Republicans 47,
Democrats 41
D 5/25: Gen. Congress Vote, Politco/Morning Consult Republicans 41,
Democrats 45

Trending On The Left

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CNN: Donald Trump is pushing an insane conspiracy about the Georgia governor's race

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Trending On The Right

Fox: California panel set to release report calling for 'comprehensive reparations' to Black Americans

Blaze: Biden admin finally admits it was 'wrong' about historic inflation a year too late, then clarifies

DW: Abbott Requests Special Legislative Committees To Provide Safety Solutions


Because Dad Is Busy Grilling, Watching the Game, and Being American

With Father’s Day nearly here let’s give dad a break! By that we mean give the man some space while he’s grilling this summer. Our brand new apron from the Flag Swag collection protects from ash and grease, plus it features an embroidered easy chair in an American flag design.

This apron screams summer cookouts and love of country. The not-so-subtle message to “ask your mother” is there to remind you: dad needs some time to chill. Snag one and ship it for Father’s Day right here.


Assault Weapons Ban, Biden's Baby Formula Concession, Depp Wins

US: Democratic Senate hopefuls take cautious tack on assault weapons ban (The Hill)

US: Biden concedes baby formula manufacturers knew Abbott recalls would be seriously problematic ‘but I didn’t’ until April (CNN)

US: Jury sides with Johnny Depp in libel case, awards him $10M (AP)

US: Job openings fall to 11.4 million, but labor market still the strongest in decades (MarketWatch)

World: Russia: US rocket shipments to Ukraine are 'adding fuel to the fire' (Fox News)

US: Facebook parent Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down (CNBC)

US: Elon Musk tells Tesla staff: return to office or leave (Reuters)

US: Same-Sex Marriage Support Inches Up to New High of 71% (Gallup)

US: Woman gored by bison in Yellowstone national park (The Guardian)

US: Mountain lion wanders into classroom at California high school, officials say (NBC)


Constable Confusion

In the aftermath of Uvalde, victims’ family members and some media reports have called into question the response of local police, and whether they waited too long to go into the school and pursue the shooter.

News Coverage from the Right: Uvalde Law Enforcement Still Cooperating in Investigation Contrary to Sensational Media Reports (Breitbart)

News Coverage from the Left: Texas school police chief hasn't responded for days to state investigators about Uvalde shooting (NBC News)

From The Flag: Since we first covered the horrific shooting itself, debates have raged concerning gun control, the state of mental health in America, and most recently how cops on the ground handled the event in real-time. Here’s the latest from both sides.


This Was a Failure: Answers and Changes Are Needed

  • The mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 changed how police approach mass shootings, but it appears those lessons weren’t applied in Uvalde.
  • Police didn’t follow established best practices at Robb Elementary, and that suggests training procedures are flawed and likely too irregular.
  • It seems the only thing Uvalde’s cops did well that day was restrain distraught parents, as the tragedy dispelled the notion “good guys with guns” can stop shootings.

“Families deserve answers about how police responded to Texas school shooting” Editorial Board, Washington Post: “Columbine resulted in fundamental changes in how law enforcement responds to mass shootings. The Columbine Review Commission formed by then-Gov. Bill Owens recommended in 2001 that ‘law enforcement policy and training should emphasize that the highest priority of law enforcement officers, after arriving at the scene of a crisis, is to stop any ongoing assault.’ Active-shooter programs in which officers were trained to immediately target the gunman or gunmen became standard police protocol. So why did it take 40 minutes to an hour before law enforcement authorities in Uvalde, Tex., stormed an elementary school classroom to stop a gunman who had gone on a shooting rampage? It is just one of the questions that parents whose children were killed, wounded or traumatized are asking — and it is one that authorities would do well to answer with clarity and urgency.”

“I Created the F.B.I.’s Active Shooter Program. The Officers in Uvalde Did Not Follow Their Training.” Katherine Schweit, New York Times Op-ed: “Current protocol and best practices say officers must persistently pursue efforts to neutralize a shooter when a shooting is underway. This is true even if only one officer is present. … We need to understand why that protocol was not followed in Uvalde. … The officers who responded may have been unprepared for conflict, which can lead to fatal results. Law enforcement officers need to be mentally prepared before they arrive on the scene… Repetitive training builds practice and confidence. Big gatherings for training every few years are more expensive and less effective for muscle memory. Instead, departments should consider more virtual tabletop exercises they can run through in an afternoon. Have officers walk through schools and talk with one another about how they would respond. Require officers to check all their gear before they begin a shift.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: The Police Could Be Doing a Better Job Henry Grabar, Slate


The Cops Hesitated and Ultmately Flinched, While Lives Could Have Been Saved

  • Cops can’t hesitate when shootings begin unfolding and innocents are in danger, but it seems that’s what happened in Uvalde.
  • In reviewing Uvalde PD’s instructions concerning potential mass shootings, it’s clear that established protocol was not followed here.
  • Any man or woman who wears a uniform and carries a gun must accept the implicit notion that they may have to die while protecting others.

“Police Must Rush to the Sound of the Guns” James A. Gagliano, City Journal: “Dynamic-entry tactics have existed for years. … These tactics require additional training and resources and introduce additional risks to officers, but this is where we are today. Threats evolve. Law enforcement must counter them, no matter the cost in resources or the imperiling of our own lives. We simply must rush to the ‘sound of the guns.’ In this context… Texas DPS lieutenant Chris Olivarez, made the stunning admission that ‘if they [police] proceeded further without knowing where the suspect was at, they could have been shot, they could have been killed.’ For those who understand the business of hostage rescue, that statement made us wince. Cops are certainly not ‘machines’—they are human beings like everyone else—but they must master the process of managing their fears in the face of danger. … If we cannot assume those risks, then who will save helpless innocents?”

“Documents Reveal Uvalde Police Violated Protocols in Shocking Ways, Made Egregious Decision to Stand Down” Bonchie, Red State: “The instructions to officers aren’t vague. They directly say that the first priority is to confront the killer immediately, neutralize them, and then render aid. Nowhere does it say to hang back for an hour waiting on a tactical team before then preventing said tactical team from entering. Further, it notes that while not waiting for backup, even a single officer is expected to do his duty. This backs up what I’ve said … in an active shooter situation, especially at a school with children, you play until the whistle and let the chips fall. If that results in an officer being killed, so be it. … To those who might suggest that the fear of getting shot made it justifiable for the police to retreat and let the massacre continue, the documents specifically say that someone with such an attitude should find another line of work.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: To Do the Right Thing, You Might Have to Die David French, The Dispatch


Support for Gun Control is Up, Most Back a “Hard Security” Boost

Recent polling suggests Americans are becoming more interested in adopting new gun control measures following the shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo. After the tragedy at Robb Elementary 65% backed more firearms restrictions, up from 60% following the massacre in Buffalo (Morning Consult).

Meanwhile, last week we asked our readers if they support the use of more “hard security” at schools, such as armed guards and metal detectors. The majority said "Yes" (58%) while just over 4 in 10 said "No" (The Flag).

Flag Poll: Do the police deserve a significant amount of blame for what unfolded in Uvalde, Texas? Click here to share your thoughts.


Ask Mom Apron, Insect Bite Relief, Private Ivy Fence

👨‍🍳 I don’t know – ask your mother. These are iconic words that have been overheard at family BBQs for decades. We’re celebrating America’s fathers here at the Flag, and this grilling apron offers you a chance to outfit dad before the next cookout. It’s a premium cotton/polyester mix that will keep you clean while manning the grill. Grab yours right here and enjoy it yourself, or gift it for Father’s Day.

🦟 When enjoying the great outdoors, insect bites are unavoidable. But you don’t have to be miserable with pain or itchiness. This device is small enough to fit in your backpack and immediately provides relief from spider and mosquito bites, as well as bee stings. Perfect for camping and hiking. Marked down by 30% at this link.

🌿 Add some verdant ambiance and boost your backyard’s privacy. This faux ivy screen is UV protected and will arrive rolled up similar to a net. Simply use the included green zip ties and latch onto a fence, trellis, or deck siding to better shade and enclose your personal space. Take 30% off at this link.


Elizabeth II Ascends, Rethinking AC, Toy Guillotines

On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was formally crowned monarch of the United Kingdom in a lavish ceremony steeped in traditions that date back a millennium.

Ars Technica: Rethinking air conditioning amid climate change

Popular Science: The Right Way to Walk Your Dog

Vulture: Every Langue Everywhere All at Once

Today I Learned In the 1790s, the Guillotine was so popular that toy replicas were being sold to kids to behead their dolls and rodents, and the wealthy had tiny ones on their dining table for slicing bread.

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