Texas governor convenes new discussions on school safety

Santa Fe. Gillard was in the art class Friday morning knew all of the victims of the shooting. Texas Governor Greg Abbott

"You can't put somebody that is not proficient in that firearm in a position to where they'll have to use deadly force", he said.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is jailed on murder charges in Friday's attack. The only thing that made Santa Fe different was the hypocrisy of major Texas politicians - the ones who have never wavered in their push for more guns on college campuses, showy open-carry laws and laws that have made it easier for the mentally ill to buy guns.

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.

Before the shooting at Santa Fe High School, Texas Democrats had filed about 15 bills related to gun violence, nearly all of which died when the legislative session ended past year.

Abbott said he hoped some of the ideas could be implemented by the start of the next school year, such as an improved threat-assessment system that would allow schools across Texas to better share information.

While Santa Fe grieves the deaths of eight students and two teachers, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will host a second roundtable discussion Wednesday to find ways to help stop school violence. So much for MA gun control.

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Texas has 5.4 million students enrolled in its public schools and any changes it made statewide would be costly. There were the usual blood drives and fundraisers for funeral expenses, and it seemed as if every church and bank sign in town was offering a single message: Pray for Santa Fe.

"I don't blame the murder of my girl on American society but on that terrorism mindset that is there in all societies", her uncle Ansar Sheikh said, adding: "We need to fight it all over the world". Trochesset said he doesn't think any additional students were shot after officers confronted the shooter but can't make a final determination until autopsies are completed.

"Many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten", he told Fox News. "We came up with some very solid solutions", Abbott told reporters.

Police officers were on the scene and working to take down the Santa Fe school shooter within four minutes, preventing further fatalities and setting an example for how to handle future attacks. In a speech to the NRA convention in Dallas, Abbott said, "The problem is not guns".

Almost 200 Texas school districts allow staff to carry guns. The Wednesday discussion, for example, will include legislative leaders and the lieutenant governor, judges, the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, mental health experts, the director of the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University and members of groups advocating for and against increased gun regulation.

So far, the ideas discussed at the meeting are just that.

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