News is out that at least four Broward County cops cowered behind their cars while the high school shooter was massacring his victims. I've never, ever, been in combat, and have no idea how I would personally respond to a deadly situation like this, so I can't judge these men (much as I'd like to imagine myself as some John Wayne figure, rushing in to save children). But, four deputy sheriffs, and a regular cop, also armed, who all declined to enter that school? Not a single brave person among them to lead them in? That's not good.
Back in 2007, I wrote about the awful performance of the local Cheshire police force, who waited for a full half-hour outside the house of Dr. Andrew Petit while two awful, horrible people raped and murdered his wife and two daughters. I asked then whether our own police force was better trained to respond to this sort of horror, and I heard almost immediately from a long-lost high school friend, now identified on this blog as "GPD Folks", saying "we're trained to go through the walls, windows, and doors, and that's what we'd have done" (I may be paraphrasing, but close enough). That was my friend's first post, I think, on this blog, but he (and his wonderful wife) return on a semi-regular pattern. My friend has since retired from our force, but I know him, and I trust him to have left a great group of heroes behind him.
So thanks, buddy: I thought you were the dumbest fuck in our GHS class when you joined the cops, until I saw, years later, that you'd retired on a full pension, and grabbed a new job with a great salary. Who's the dumb fuck now? And, if my family was in danger, you'd be the first person I'd call, your arthritic knees or not.