The Texas Tribune remembers the Alamo.
Yesterday, journalists at the paper played that cultural card to devastating effect in their coverage of the report about the school shooting in Uvalde.
They compared the size of the police force that assembled to storm the room held by a lone shooter to the group that defended the site known locally as the “Cradle of Texas Liberty.”
“In total, 376 law enforcement officers – a force larger than the garrison that defended the Alamo – descended upon the school in a chaotic, uncoordinated scene that lasted for more than an hour. The group was devoid of clear leadership, basic communications and sufficient urgency to take down the gunman, the report says.”
It’s probably the most powerful parenthetical phrase I’ve read in a newspaper in a long time.