Texas Governor Greg Abbott has vowed to address school violence and safety in the wake of another mass school shooting. After the discussions, reporters came back in and Abbott talked about what happened.
Abbott started the meeting in Austin by discussing the format. The problem is hearts without God.
On Friday, in the aftermath of the shooting at Santa Fe High School, one video clip stood out to me.
There is no single remedy for the problem of school shootings, but imposing a criminal liability on people who negligently store firearms where a minor could gain access to them is essential. "I don't think we could have been more prepared", one Stoneman Douglas teacher said.
He has been a staunch supporter of gun rights, and few expect the meetings to result in recommendations for significant gun restrictions in Texas.
He said last week that he wants to find ways to keep guns away from those who pose an "immediate danger to others". "What will you do about it?" said the letter signed by students who identified themselves as organizers of Texas student gun-control marches held after the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. So much for MA gun control.
"The difference in Texas is the Republican Party is in complete control".
"Once our students return to school, we will be providing additional security at all campuses with the assistance of the Texas DPS as well as other local law enforcement agencies", Santa Fe ISD Police Chief Walter Braun said.
"No, there wasn't", she says.
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The elder Pagourtzis said his son took a legally owned shotgun and handgun from his closet before leaving for school that day. "But if our teachers had guns that could change a lot".
Sentiments like those could give Abbott political cover if his roundtable discussions don't lead to major changes. He is charged with multiple counts of capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant.
The team announced that for the two-game home series against the San Francisco Giants, all proceeds from the nightly 50/50 raffle at Minute Maid Park will benefit the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund.
"Officer Barnes is a hero", Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset declared.
The Santa Fe community needs as much positivity as it can get following Friday's deadly shooting.
Whatever the gun control laws are in Texas, they could not have prevented the massacre.
In 2015, Abbott tweeted he was "embarrassed" that Texas lagged behind California in gun sales.
Democrats have accused the Republican leadership of talking about what to do rather than moving swiftly to pass gun restrictions and new school-safety measures. Abbott so far has committed to even less. Two dozen groups were invited to attend the session, which was expected to include conversations on monitoring students' mental health.
"We can't do gun violence prevention without being optimistic". People say it all the time, 'Our hearts go out to Santa Fe, ' but it's more than that.
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