Texas round table to include both sides of gun debate

Pablo Tucker
May 25, 2018

"The problem is that innocent people are being shot", Abbott said in opening remarks.

Abbott started the meeting in Austin by discussing the format. "It is homes without discipline and communities without values".

A 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school should be seen as a "victim" because he may have recently been bullied, causing him to lash out, his father said.

A recent CNN story reported that 170 Texas school districts (out of about 1,000) already allow teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons on school grounds. He said he wants to apologize to his sisters. But, as many have also noted, the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, felt different. 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. "It is unchallenged at the state level", Jillson said.

The Santa Fe Highway 6 Ministerial Alliance says it will host "A Night of Hope and Healing" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Fe Junior High School football stadium.

None of those scenarios would have snagged the suspect in Santa Fe. She said teachers should be armed.

"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. "But if our teachers had guns that could change a lot". All students will return May 29, the district said. And it works: They have brought significant change to eight states, forcing stronger background checks, limiting gun access to perpetrators of domestic violence, and creating "red flag" laws to allow the local police and families to take guns away from relatives who are at risk to themselves or others - laws that might have prevented at least some of the mass shootings in the last decades.

He is being held without bond, on suicide watch, at the Galveston County Jail in Galveston, Sheriff Henry Trochesset said. Add Santa Fe School Shooting as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Santa Fe School Shooting news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Trochesset said 200 officers from law enforcement agencies throughout the region converged Friday afternoon on the shooting scene. Under Texas law, offenders younger than 18 who are charged with a capital offense face a maximum penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years. In 2017, he bragged about his accuracy with a pistol at a shooting range. And until Monday, the governor's re-election website was raffling off a shotgun.

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. Abbott so far has committed to even less.

But the gun-related groups are just two of the two dozen invited to attend. Her group will stress tougher background checks, suicide prevention, gun safety at home and so-called "red flag" laws that restrict gun access for people identified as potentially risky to themselves or others.

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