‘This is not about guns’ how texas politicians are responding to the school shooting electricity song youtube


Abbott said that beginning on Tuesday, he will gather a group of lawmakers, experts and citizens to hear testimony. The Republican said the round table will listen to survivors of the killings at Santa Fe High and a church in Sutherland Springs, as well as gun-rights supporters and gun-control advocates.

One of the most obvious changes that Texas can bring about is to improve school safety, Abbott said, noting that many in Santa Fe had asked him for that. After laying flowers at the high school on Sunday, the governor spoke about metal detectors and screening students for mental health issues.

"The responsibility of gun owners who have guns at home: lock up your guns," he said. "I’m a gun owner. We have a responsibility to be sure our guns are safe at home. That’s where gun control starts, at home. Let’s make sure no kid gets his hands on a gun."

After being mocked for suggesting that schools should reduce the number of entrances and exits, Patrick tried to clarify his earlier comments. He said there would be enough exits to safely enter and exit a building, but "no one should be able to come in those doors" without authorities watching.

"[Guns] are a part of who we are as a nation, it is our Second Amendment," he told news anchor George Stephanopoulos. "You know, it talks about a well-run militia, the Second Amendment. Our teachers are part of that well-run militia, by the way. It’s guns that also stop crimes."

The father, who was also interviewed by Stephanopoulos, said he had gone to Dallas to protest the National Rifle Association convention in May and pointed to how the event had promoted a gun made to look like a cell phone. The NRA has aggressively fought calls for gun control since a student killed 17 people in Parkland.

"This isn’t a time for prayers, and study and inaction, it’s time for prayers, action and the asking of God’s forgiveness for our inaction (especially the elected officials that ran to the cameras today, acted in a solemn manner, called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing)."

"When there’s skin in the game for all weapons owners including myself, I think that people will have a different outlook," he said. "And so we’ve got to make sure that everyone stores them in a responsible manner and that there are significant penalties when they fail to do so and people die as a result of those — of that failure."

Pagourtzis, the suspect in the Santa Fe slayings, is 17. Classmates and Santa Fe parents who know him described him to The Washington Post as a quiet and reclusive kid who regularly wore a trench coat and who was well liked in the football team.

Like the Texas lieutenant governor, incoming NRA president Oliver North indicated that a "culture of violence" was responsible for the recurring slaughters at American high schools. He also pointed to Ritalin, a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

"The disease in this case isn’t the Second Amendment," North told Fox News host Chris Wallace. "The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence. They have been drugged in many cases. Nearly all of these perpetrators are male and they are young teenagers in most cases."

He continued: "And they have come through a culture where violence is commonplace. All you need to do is turn on the TV, go to a movie. If you look at what has happened to the young people, many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten."

North claimed that it’s less likely the massacre at Santa Fe High would have happened if it had participated in an NRA program called School Shield. He said the program gives schools a free assessment that looks at entrances, exits and the ease with which a student might be able to sneak in a firearm.

"Look, you are not going to fix it by taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens," he said. "You’ve got to take it away to harden the place sufficiently, that those kids are safe inside the door. If that means five metal detectors getting and out of the high school, you get five metal detectors."

Santa Fe High was already a hardened target, according to The Post. Two police officers guard the school, which had reportedly won a statewide award for it security plan. The school district had agreed last fall to arm teachers and staff under a Texas law that allows "school marshals" to have guns on campus — though Santa Fe was still working on implementation.

"My first indication is that our policies and procedures worked," Santa Fe ISD board of trustees president J.R. "Rusty" Norman told The Post. "Having said that, the way things are, if someone wants to get into a school to create havoc, they can do it."