Gun rights, reform groups to meet Texas governor after school shooting

Gun rights, reform groups to meet Texas governor after school shooting

Craig Bessent, an assistant superintendent of the Wylie Independent School District in Abilene, said in an interview that he will take part in the roundtable and that he favored more police or security officers and more screening of students as they entered school campuses. I have the deepest sympathy for the teachers and students who died or were wounded in any and all of this countries school shootings.

Abbott, a Republican, has vowed that any changes to state laws would "protect Second Amendment rights".

Police have said the 17-year-old suspect in the Santa Fe shooting used his father's shotgun and.38-caliber handgun.

The shooting at Santa Fe High School occurred about three months after 17 teenagers and staff were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, stoking the national debate over gun control.

As a retired teacher, I can only try to imagine what I would have done, or how I would have felt had a shooter invaded my classroom and I had been unable to defend myself or my students.

"We are dying on your watch".

Pagourtzis' attorney, Nick Poehl, told ABC News on Monday that other students told him that his client had been bullied by students and adults at Santa Fe High School.

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"There's nothing wrong with reasonable, pragmatic (gun) restrictions", Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a news conference.

Abbott called for a series of high-level policy meetings after a high school near Houston became the latest to have a mass shooting. A Texas Gun Sense official has said the group will press for tougher background checks for gun sales, and "red flag" laws that keep guns away from people deemed a danger to themselves or others.

Texas has 5.4 million students enrolled in its public schools and any changes it made statewide would be costly. "This weekend Santa Fe ISD released a statement saying they had investigated the claims of bullying and found them to be not true".

Texas allows authorities to deny handgun licenses based on a person's mental health history and to seize weapons from people determined to be in a mental crisis in some circumstances. Over the next two days, gun regulation, mental health issues and victims' needs are also on the agenda.

Texas courts are supposed to tell law enforcement if a person taken in for a mental health evaluation has been ordered into a mental hospital.

None of those scenarios would have snagged the suspect in Santa Fe. In Sutherland Springs, 26 people were killed in a mass shooting at First Baptist Church in November. They are among North Texas student activists who were moved to stand for gun reform after 17 people were killed in a shooting in Parkland, Fla., on February 14.

"If you lose your right, especially one provided by the Constitution, is there some due process? There has got to be due process".

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