School shooting unlikely to bring gun restrictions in Texas

School shooting unlikely to bring gun restrictions in Texas

"The reality is that we all want guns out of the hands of people who want to murder our children".

One of the state's most prominent Republican leaders, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, said he wanted to limit entrances to schools and stagger class starting times to allow for searches.

The first meeting, which focused on school and community safety, included nearly two dozen school administrators, politicians, law enforcement officials and an architect with expertise on school design, among others.

Teachers returned to work Wednesday at a Texas high school where 10 people were killed. But critics say Texas isn't serious about changing its gun-loving culture.

Students at Santa Fe High School had different opinions on whether the alleged shooter was a normal, friendly kid. Greg Abbott proposed a series of initiatives to prevent future school shootings, though he largely avoided talk of a special legislative session to immediately pass new laws. Three weeks after the bloodbath, Florida politicians defied the NRA and passed a gun control package after a lobbying campaign led by student survivors of the attack.

"She worked at the school not out of necessity but for the love of teaching and helping others", 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.

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Teenager Dimitrios Pagourtzis has been accused of killing eight students and two teachers during a rampage at Santa Fe High School on Friday - the fourth deadly school shooting in the United States this year.

Gun ownership can be a point of pride for many in the Lone Star State, and even some Santa Fe High School students have spoken out against linking the shooting to the need for more gun control.

"I believe that's what was behind" the shooting, Antonios Pagourtzis told the newspaper. His voice cracks as he describes how he told police to let him inside the school so his son could kill him instead.

"I knew that two female teachers had been killed along with several students".

The Houston police chief, Art Acevedo, who is also the first vice-president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, posted a comment on Facebook that was praised by gun control advocates, writing that the proper response to the latest mass shooting was not prayers, study and inaction, but "prayers, action and the asking of God's forgiveness for our inaction".

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.

The Republican-controlled legislature is out of session until January 2019, making it almost impossible for the state to implement and fund any major changes that come out of this week's three roundtable discussions. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat and chair of the Senate's Criminal Justice Committee, both echoed Patrick's optimism after the meeting and were happy with numerous proposals.

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