Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Texas governor convenes school safety roundtable

Texas governor convenes school safety roundtable

The alliance said in a Facebook post that the event will include "worship, words of encouragement and prayers for all of the families who are grieving".

On Friday, in the aftermath of the shooting at Santa Fe High School, one video clip stood out to me.

Whatever the gun control laws are in Texas, they could not have prevented the massacre.

Steve Gonzales  Houston Chronicle via AP
Steve Gonzales Houston Chronicle via AP

After the Parkland school shooting, a mother and son in Houston, which is just northwest of Santa Fe, recorded a conversation about school shootings for StoryCorps, a feature on NPR.

On Wednesday, district teachers and support staff will return to school, the district said. He faces murder charges.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott met Tuesday with experts and politicians to discuss how to prevent school shootings, five days after a teenage gunman killed 10 people at a high school in the southern U.S. state. Several top Republicans have called for the state to "harden" school campuses against future attacks and arm more teachers.

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Texas Gun Sense, which advocates for tighter gun controls, was invited to Wednesday's meeting, said the group's executive director, Gyl Switzer.

Seventeen-year-old junior Shelby Aguilera said walking the empty halls Tuesday was "eerie", adding, "I didn't want to be there and I got sick to my stomach".

"They're going to be some of the simplest but most effective strategies that can be employed to make sure that our schools are safer places when our kids walk into those schools next August", Abbott told the press after the meeting.

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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. The letter was first published as an ad in the Houston Chronicle. In the aftermath of the murder of eight students and two adults at the school by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, the familiar yellow caution tape had been wrapped around the school's perimeter.

The May 19 front-page article " A fondness for trench coats and a growing darkness" reported that authorities said the two guns used by the alleged shooter in Texas belonged to his father.

The governor has signed bills in recent years that reduced the cost and training to get a handgun license and allowed the state's 1.2 million license holders to openly carry their weapons in public. In an even more stunning statistic, the death toll from school shootings surpassed the number of active military personnel killed this year. But mental health history information is up to the applicant to provide and is not related to the purchase of a gun. Weapons seized could be returned to that person's family. The teen didn't own firearms of his own, he said. Her T-shirt had "Santa Fe Strong" stenciled on the front and the victims' names on the back. In another Texas shooting - the attack on a rural church that killed more than two dozen worshippers in November 2017 - the Air Force failed to report a past criminal record that would have prevented the gunman from buying an assault-style rifle.

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Texas has a child-access-prevention law that holds gun owners responsible if a child gains access to a readily dischargeable firearm that was not adequately secured.

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