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

Multiple people died as a result of a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Credit Stuart Villanueva  The Galveston County Daily News Via AP

Multiple people died as a result of a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Credit Stuart Villanueva The Galveston County Daily News Via AP

"We have like one counselor to every 600 students, and there's no way for a counselor to identify warning signs about some students, the potential ones, who are going to cause these (violent) actions".

A church group will host a gathering at a football stadium to honor those killed and injured during a Texas high school shooting.

"Texas Republicans look at this tragedy and they do not see the gun as the problem", said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston.

The most effective breach in the bloviation came from the Houston police chief, Art Acevedo, who wrote a Facebook post that went viral, taking on "the elected officials that ran to the cameras today, acted in a solemn manner, called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing".

Gun ownership can be a point of pride for many in the Lone Star State, and even some Santa Fe High School students have spoken out against linking the shooting to the need for more gun control. A 17-year-old student is being held on capital murder charges.

The talks came in the aftermath of Friday's massacre at Santa Fe High School that killed eight children and two teachers in the latest example of the mass shootings that have become a pervasive part of American life.

Students will return next Tuesday, Wall said. There is pressure on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session of the legislature to address school safety in the wake of the shooting.

But the gun-related groups are just two of the two dozen invited to attend. But critics say Texas isn't serious about changing its gun-loving culture.

The letter in the ad accuses Abbott of failing to do his job by offering opposition to "reasonable gun measures".

"We are dying on your watch".

That's in sharp contrast to the response to the February 14 shooting rampage at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead.

Mimi Swartz is senior executive editor at Texas Monthly and a contributor to The New York Times, which first published this column.

"I think they're heroes", the sheriff told reporters in Texas.

A recent CNN story reported that 170 Texas school districts (out of about 1,000) already allow teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.

Trochesset said it took four minutes for Santa Fe ISD officers to begin engaging with the suspect on Friday. Over the next two days, gun regulation, mental health issues and victims' needs are also on the agenda.

Santa Fe was still reeling from the attack.

If you own a gun, you should be legally responsible for how that gun is used. She noted the church shooter in tiny Sutherland Springs slipped through an existing law. I've got questions. Is there a second review if you are in fact, mentally ill?

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