Crom’s Crommentary: Uvalde, Texas Shooter Sparks Concern for Police Response, Mental Health Problems in Youth and COVID Lockdown Consequences

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary.


I was listening to your interview as I was driving in, and we were discussing on Wednesday whether or not Kissinger’s advice of allowing, allowing Putin to keep certain areas of Ukraine that he has already let’s just use the word conquered, I don’t know if that’s an accurate word.

If you don’t let him keep it, then he’ll have an occupation force thereof an area that has been completely destroyed and bombarded. I think Kissinger is wrong because Putin, if you give him that and he accepts that, then he’ll just keep coming in other ways on the edges of what he’s taken.

And that is interesting to me because that same logic applies to so many things that are political in nature. And this terrible school shooting in Texas reminds me of the same line of thinking.

And I’m still struggling with what I think the right reaction to what happened in Texas, just as I’m struggling with the best way to handle Putin, I’m struggling with what’s the best reaction because there are so many things that were in place to keep what happened in Texas from happening that failed.

And we learned right after within 24 hours, we learned that there was supposed to have been an armed guard at the school. As of last night, what seemed to be the case was that that was not true. We were told that this armed guard confronted this person as he entered the building.

In other words, they had protocols in place that one school had started entry into the building was not free and open. But it turns out as of the latest, he walked right into the building. Then you have that he wrecked his car.

He shot his gun at the school and at a building across the street. And that was like something like either 12 or 16 minutes from that time until he entered the school. This is not a large community for the police to have not gotten there.

I guess what I’m saying here is that I think that it’s a small town. Small town police are not engaged in a whole lot of violent confrontations with criminals. But it appears to me as if there was a real breakdown on the law enforcement side at the initial stages.

And then you have a video of parents screaming at the police to go in and confront this killer. And they weren’t doing that. And finally, it wasn’t the local police. It was, I guess, for using just a term that we all understand, kind of a SWAT team of the border guard.

There’s apparently an elite group of border guards, and they did go in and kill the guy. When you try to solve a problem, the most important thing in solving the problem is understanding all of the elements of the nature of the problem.

We have two things that should matter to us. One is making sure that our schools are properly secure and that is something that should be able to be done as a matter of policy in conjunction with technology.

And then the other thing is that it is troubling that this 18-year-old person, he didn’t have known mental health problems in terms of a formal sense like the fellow in Buffalo had known mental health problems and they were essentially ignored is the only way to describe it.

This person was very troubled. We knew that he cut himself. He streamed his fellow employees at Wendy’s. He was in a downward spiral.

And the reason that part matters is with COVID, I think the number of old teenagers, for lack of a better term people who are 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 who are dramatically impacted by the shutdown of COVID.

I think there’s going to be I think that this type of problem, an incident could be more frequent because of other policies that our government has imposed that have effects that the public policy people like Anthony Fauci didn’t calculate in their desire to shut down the country and make everybody, a lot of people thought that they were being made to do things that they didn’t want to do.

And I think that has ramifications we’re at a delicate place in our country on a variety of levels. And you could even say we’re in a delicate place in the world. And it’s going to take a lot of wisdom and that seems to be at this point in short supply.

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