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A Connecticut police spokesman says when engaging active shooters 'You do not wait'

Law enforcement officers look at a memorial Thursday after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
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Law enforcement officers look at a memorial Thursday after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The police who responded first to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, are under heavy criticism for waiting nearly an hour to force their way into the classroom where a gunman was still a threat and the wounded needed aid.

To talk about how those officers' actions did or did not mesh with protocols here in Connecticut, Brian Foley of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection joined "All Things Considered."

He also talks about some of the hotly debated topics in the days since this latest school shooting, including:

--Are doors really the key to stopping school shootings?

--Could an 18-year-old buy multiple AR-15 rifles here in Connecticut?

--Where are Connecticut’s guns coming from?

--How he avoided conveying misinformation in news conferences.

--Do police officers think AR-15s should be sold to the public?

--Why police news conferences often start with much thanking of other first responders.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. He's proud to be a part of the team that won a regional Emmy Award for The Vote: A Connecticut Conversation. In his 21st year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.

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