Texas to talk gun control, but critics skeptical

Texas to talk gun control, but critics skeptical

Texas to talk gun control, but critics skeptical

One of those students was Clay Horn, a pole vaulter who is now being treated for gunshot wounds.

Among the measures coming out of the meeting that Abbott said he would like to see implemented quickly were expanding school safety training programs, bolstering threat assessment systems and expanding a pilot program created to screen for students who might be a threat to themselves or others.

About 20 people, including supporters and opponents of arming teachers, attended the first of three days of meetings in the state capital, Austin, following the fourth-deadliest US school shooting this year at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday.

Some gun rights proponents in Texas have embraced the idea of arming teachers, a strategy advocated by the National Rifle Association and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Schools in Santa Fe were closed through Tuesday and a crisis hotline was set up for traumatized students and parents.

'And next thing you know, we just hear three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run.

The latest school shooting is unlikely to lead to significant new gun restrictions in 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.

Steve Gonzales  Houston Chronicle via AP
Steve Gonzales Houston Chronicle via AP

"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. "It's not possible in one day for the child to have changed so much".

"The roundtables are more political theater than anything else", Jones said.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, officially announced a series of town hall meetings to discuss schools safety. He did not respond to a request for comment.

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. Abbott has given no indication that he would do so.

A Texans team official said city leaders thought the offer 'was very generous and special.' On Twitter, Watt described the shooting as 'absolutely horrific'.

About 42,000 students have been screened through the program, according to data provided by Texas Tech.

"Roughly about a third of those that were triaged were for suicidal intention, and they're mostly female; females act in, males act out", Phillips said.

The Houston Astros are wearing T-shirts during batting practice before their game against the San Francisco Giants to honor the victims of last week's Texas school shooting that left 10 people dead. They included measures to buy back guns, improve gun safety education and create a lethal violence protective order to stop a potentially unsafe person from buying or possessing a firearm.

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