Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Touts Need To Arm Teachers

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Touts Need To Arm Teachers

"Heroes" inside Santa Fe High School last week cornered the mass shooter within four minutes, keeping him contained until additional officers arrived to evacuate teachers and students, the Galveston County Sheriff said. 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 and staunch gun rights supporter, has said that any changes to state laws would "protect Second Amendment rights", part of the US Constitution that enshrines the right to bear arms. "I think people are the problem", 16-year-old student Alex Carvey told NBC News. He's referring to the memorials that have been set up outside of Santa Fe High School to pay tribute to the lives lost.

Most of America's students know exactly what to do: Move to designated safe spaces, lock doors, turn off lights, silence phones, hide in closets, make the space appear empty.

Abbott says he wants to keep guns away from people "who would try to murder our children".

"We are dying on your watch".

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., had drills too.

J.J. Watt visited with survivors of the Santa Fe High School shooting at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
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Abbott called for a series of high-level policy meetings after a high school near Houston became the latest to have a mass shooting.

Wednesday's discussion was to include representatives of Texas Gun Sense, which has said it 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.

The governor has long championed expanding gun rights in Texas, signing bills in recent years that reduced the cost and training to get a handgun license, and allowing the state's 1.2 million license holders to openly carry their weapons in public.

Under a school marshal program in Texas that has been cited approvingly by President Donald Trump, teachers can carry guns on campus, with local officials ultimately making the call on whether that is allowed. "This weekend Santa Fe ISD released a statement saying they had investigated the claims of bullying and found them to be not true". Wednesday's session will focus on gun regulations, mental health and causes of gun violence, he said.

"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.

Federal law prohibits an individual "adjudicated as a mental defective" or involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility from owning or purchasing a firearm. 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. "I can't give you that full until the autopsy".

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