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

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

The meetings were prompted by the slaying of 10 people last week at Santa Fe High School.

Teachers returned to work on Wednesday.

When Santa Fe district students return next week, officials say beefed up security will join them.

Four minutes after Pagourtzis started shooting, police entered the school's hallway and exchanged gunfire with him while he remained in a classroom, allowing the rest of the school to be evacuated, Trochesset said.

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

Greg Abbott today convened the first of three roundtable discussions on "school and community safety" in response to Friday's school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

After 17 people were shot dead at a Parkland, Florida high school in February, lawmakers in that southeastern state approved new, albeit limited, gun restrictions. Authorities say eight students and two teachers were killed in the attack, and 13 others wounded. Local police allowed students and staff to come back to campus for the first time to retrieve belongings such as backpacks and cars. He faces murder charges.

Wednesday's meeting will include representatives of gun control group Texas Gun Sense and the Texas State Rifle Association, which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association.

The meeting was closed to the media, but afterward Abbott read a long list of ideas discussed.

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But the gun-related groups are just two of the two dozen invited to attend.

He said last week that he wants to find ways to keep guns away from those who pose an "immediate danger to others".

Texas's conservative and powerful lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, suggested after the shooting that school buildings may need fewer entrances and exits, and that violent video games may be partly to blame.

"We are dying on your watch". Santa Fe High School is the site of the 22nd school shooting to take place in the United States this year.

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.

Tuesday's participants also talked about allowing more school personnel to carry firearms on campus.

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. "My life matters, but it's like, there's one person that can come home to their family or there can be 22 people that come home to their families". 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.

If you own a gun, you should be legally responsible for how that gun is used.

"If you lose your right, especially one provided by the Constitution, is there some due process?" "I get that you would want me to come home, but it's really not a choice that you can make".

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