Houston Astros honor school shooting victims

Houston Astros honor school shooting victims

J.J. Watt, a star defensive end for the Houston Texans, visited injured victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting on Monday, Click2Houston reported. Parents, lawmakers, students, law enforcement and mental health experts are invited to participate as well. So will Texas Gun Sense, which promotes common-sense reforms to prevent violence.

Democrats have accused the Republican leadership of talking about what to do rather than moving swiftly to pass gun restrictions and new school-safety measures.

Political analysts said if Abbott wanted to implement changes already floated, such as adding more metal detectors in schools and allowing for court orders to remove firearms from a person who presents a danger, he would call for a special legislative session.

In so doing, he pledged to seek ways to prevent more school shootings like the one Friday at a high school in Santa Fe, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

At the first meeting on Tuesday, participants proposed 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. 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.

Abbott says everyone shares a "common goal - to protect innocent lives". I have the deepest sympathy for the teachers and students who died or were wounded in any and all of this countries school shootings.

Two groups at opposite ends of the gun debate were set to meet Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday to look for solutions days after a shooter killed 10 people in a Houston-area high school. She said teachers should be armed.

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Aguilera says she's ready for classes to resume next week so that she can join with friends again "to show how strong we are".

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at the school, faces charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant.

I tell you what we all need to do is to stop throwing our hands up. His voice cracks as he describes how he told police to let him inside the school so his son could kill him instead.

The killing of eight students and two teachers last week at Santa Fe High School prompted the governor to call a series of roundtable discussions on school safety, starting Tuesday in Austin.

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

Abbott has focused on mental health issues and arming school personnel. Numerous aspects of the attack mirrored another American school shooting: The massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado in April 1999, when two teenage boys with weapons hidden under trench coats killed 12 students and one teacher. The first one features officials from districts that arm some teachers or contract with local police for security.

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