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

Texas governor opens school safety summit vows to protect the'innocent

But Abbott's call to do "more than just pray" for the victims comes in a state that has fully embraced its gun culture and resisted previous attempts to scale it back.

How do you stop the bad guy from getting a gun? "It is homes without discipline and communities without values".

It was referring to the bloody school shooting which took place at Santa Fe High Schoolon Friday which saw two teachers and eight students killed, and 17-year-old suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis arrested. 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.

Tuesday's meeting is with school administrators, law enforcement and officials with programs that arm Texas teachers. "I don't think we could have been more prepared", one Stoneman Douglas teacher said.

Abbott says he wants to keep guns away from people who'd "murder children". On March 24, the Parkland students led the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. On April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, students around the nation walked out of their classrooms for a National School Walk in demand of gun control policies such as better background checks.

According to the letter, seniors will graduate on June 1 at Joe Raitano Memorial Stadium in Santa Fe at 7:30 p.m.

The Astros honored the Santa Fe shooting victims with special shirts during Tuesday's batting practice at Minute Maid Park.

None of those scenarios would have snagged the suspect in Santa Fe.

The sheriff added that 200 law enforcement officers rushed to the school district in response to the shooting, and said he doesn't "believe" that any of the victims or those injured were shot from crossfire between the gunman and police. "But if our teachers had guns that could change a lot". But Abbott insisted the roundtables were not political window dressing.

But the headline also highlighted the country's shameful gun crime statistics, with the Santa Fe massacre marking the 101st mass shooting in the USA this year alone, according to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive.

He's now being held at the Galveston County Jail where he's under suicide watch, Trochesset said. That allowed the rest of the school to be evacuated safely.

Barnes was in intensive care following surgery Monday, said Walter Braun, police chief of the Santa Fe Independent School District. Ted Cruz, have been calling for training teachers to carry firearms.

However unfortunately, the USA government, including President Donald Trump, has failed to recognise people's easy access to guns as a major problem. 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. It's not a gun-law issue.

Mr. Cruz and his colleagues use a dopey interpretation of the Second Amendment to avoid addressing gun violence.

"We did more today than talk", the governor said.

Abbott said he'll meet Wednesday with gun rights and gun control advocacy groups and Thursday with victims of the attack at Santa Fe High School and the November attack on a church in Sutherland Springs.

And it's not just Republicans.

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