Ten years ago, the deadly Connecticut massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School wherein a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, proved the need to secure U.S. K-12 institutions. Around noon on Tuesday, a similar tragedy was repeated after a decade of failing to protect American schools and deal with America’s mental health crisis.
In Uvalde, Texas, an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School as he went on a rampage from classroom to classroom after shooting his own grandmother. President Joe Biden was quick to address the nation in prime time, eager to exploit the episode of violence as a rallying cry for gun control.
“When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” the president asked.
Just last week, Biden also harnessed a racially charged shooting at a Buffalo, New York supermarket to go after his political enemies. Yet he was oddly absent from Wisconsin last fall when a black suspect motivated by anti-white racism allegedly rammed an SUV through a holiday parade, brutally killing at least six. The president’s selective presence based on political circumstances is just as much reflected in where the White House has decided to allocate scarce tax dollars in a series of colossal spending packages.
On Sunday, President Biden signed $40 billion ($40,000,000,000) in additional U.S. spending on Ukraine, roughly $20 billion of which is direct military assistance and less than $2 billion of which is allocated to humanitarian efforts. That’s after nearly $14 billion in American dollars were sent to the war-torn country in March.
Last year, the president also signed the $1.9 trillion ($1,900,000,000,000) “American Rescue Plan,” capping off $180 billion in federal dollars to K-12 schools over the Covid lockdowns. None of the above was a serious upgrade in armed school security even though lawmakers protect themselves with the kind of resources denied to students.