'Nightmare' school shootings will be focus of Gov. Abbott roundtables

Santa Fe school shooting renews debate over gun control

These are the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting

Ten crosses for the victims of Fridays Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas re placed outside the school May 21, 2018.

A statewide moment of silence also was held in the morning to remember the eight students and two teachers killed.

Cecilia "Cissy" Reynolds-Perez, principal of Ray High School in Corpus Christi and a board member of the Texas School Safety Center, hopes the discussion will cover how staffing ratios and school environment contribute to student stress. That incident intensified a long-running national debate about gun rights and sparked a student-led movement under the slogan #NeverAgain.

The focus on school security and mental health has emerged since the shooting because Republican Governor Greg Abbott is facing few calls to overhaul gun laws in a state where the majority of the electorate backs gun ownership.

Although officials have praised a swift response, it remains unclear just how quickly police got to the art lab on the 1,400-student campus, where authorities say Pagourtzis opened fire with a shotgun and.38-calibre handgun.

Last week, Abbott said that his information was that the guns were obtained from the suspect's father.

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 a year ago. "We have done a good job since 9/11 of protecting government buildings and airports and private buildings, but we have not done anything to harden the target at our schools", said Patrick, who openly supports the Second Amendment and is opposed to tighter gun control legislation. "Self-determination is ingrained in most of us", she said. "Who knows when the next school shooting is going to happen".

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

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The first funeral for one of the 10 people fatally shot at a high school outside Houston is set for Sunday afternoon.

In their first statement since the massacre, the family of the suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, said Saturday that the bloodshed "seems incompatible with the boy we love".

The lieutenant governor of Texas appeared to blame violent video games for school shootings in a comment that equated abortion and gun violence.

The mother of Shana Fisher, one of the victims, believes her daughter was specifically targeted.

The Washington Post reported more students have been shot dead at US schools this year than fighting in the US Army.

He tells CNN's "State of the Union": "When you're facing someone who's an active shooter, the best way to take that shooter down is with a gun". "Even the young people from Santa Fe are not full-throated advocates of gun control to keep the children safe".

Meanwhile, hundreds of people attended a service held by Houston's Muslim community for Sabika Sheikh, a 17-year-old exchange student from Pakistan, who had talked about one day becoming a diplomat.

She doesn't think gun regulations are the answer.

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