More Armed School Staff, Counselors Discussed at First Texas Roundtable

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The meetings were prompted by the slaying of 10 people last week at Santa Fe High School.

Craig Bessent, an assistant superintendent of the Wylie Independent School District in Abilene, said in an interview that he will take part in the roundtable and that he favored more police or security officers and more screening of students as they entered school campuses. Students are set to return to classes on May 29.

Still, it's no wonder that most Americans cite the lack of change since the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 as evidence that we are locked in a toxic stasis, thanks mostly to our politicians' love affair with the National Rifle Association. Abbott said he'll meet Wednesday with gun rights and gun control advocacy groups and Thursday with victims of the attack at Santa Fe High School and the November attack on a church in Sutherland Springs.

The alliance said in a Facebook post that the event will include "worship, words of encouragement and prayers for all of the families who are grieving".

The talks came in the aftermath of Friday's massacre at Santa Fe High School that killed 8 students and 2 teachers. Local police allowed students and staff to come back to campus for the first time to retrieve belongings such as backpacks and cars. "I think people are the problem", 16-year-old student Alex Carvey told NBC News.

Gun control groups point to the regular toll of shootings across the United States as evidence that more needs to be done to rein in the proliferation of weapons.

The Republican-controlled legislature is out of session until January 2019, making it almost impossible for the state to implement and fund any major changes that come out of this week's three roundtable discussions.

"The act of evil that occurred in Santa Fe has deeply touched the core of who we are as Texans", Abbott said in a statement. 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.

"We are dying on your watch".

A woman places flowers at a makeshift memorial left on May 22 in memory of the victims killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Tex. The letter was first published as an ad in the Houston Chronicle.

The 17-year-old who allegedly shot and killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at a Texas high school used his father's legally owned shotgun and revolver during the rampage. In the aftermath of the murder of eight students and two adults at the school by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, the familiar yellow caution tape had been wrapped around the school's perimeter.

"We can't do gun violence prevention without being optimistic". Since 2013, Texas has reduced the cost and hours of training needed to be licensed to carry a handgun, allowed "open carry" for handgun license holders, and allowed concealed handguns in college classrooms and dorms. He was also known for dressing up as Batman in 2015 to make kids at the Texas Children's Hospital happy during a Halloween party.

The Astros wanted to do something to show their support for those affected by the shooting in Santa Fe, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from their ballpark in downtown Houston.