2 school shootings, 2 different gun debates: Unlike Parkland, Santa Fe response is more muted

2 school shootings, 2 different gun debates: Unlike Parkland, Santa Fe response is more muted

On Sunday funeral services were held for 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh, who had been attending Santa Fe High School since last August when she was killed Friday in a shooting. (May 20) AP (Photo: COURTNEY SACCO/CALLER-TIMES FOR THE USA TODAY NETWORK) AUSTIN – Days after a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in February, Sandy Phillips — who advocates for gun restrictions — traveled to the South Florida city and was encouraged by how openly student survivors wanted to discuss the shooting and push measures to try to prevent similar incidents. The scene in Santa Fe, Texas, site of the latest school massacre, has been far different since she arrived Friday: Phillips, whose daughter Jessica was shot and killed in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting six years ago, said no one has agreed to meet with her. No one much wants to talk about the deadly rampage inside the high school that left 10 people dead and 13 injured, much less discuss ways to prevent shootings. “This has been starkly different from Parkland in so many ways,” said Phillips, who has traveled to nine mass shooting scenes in the past six years, offering support to survivors and victims’ families. “It’s almost jarring.” Unlike Parkland and other mass shootings that sparked national debates and rallies calling for changes to gun rules, the shooting at Santa Fe has delivered a much more muted response to the gun debate. Gov. Greg Abbott said […]

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2 school shootings, 2 different gun debates: Unlike Parkland, Santa Fe response is more muted

2 school shootings, 2 different gun debates: Unlike Parkland, Santa Fe response is more muted

On Sunday funeral services were held for 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh, who had been attending Santa Fe High School since last August when she was killed Friday in a shooting. (May 20) AP (Photo: COURTNEY SACCO/CALLER-TIMES FOR THE USA TODAY NETWORK) AUSTIN – Days after a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in February, Sandy Phillips — who advocates for gun restrictions — traveled to the South Florida city and was encouraged by how openly student survivors wanted to discuss the shooting and push measures to try to prevent similar incidents. The scene in Santa Fe, Texas, site of the latest school massacre, has been far different since she arrived Friday: Phillips, whose daughter Jessica was shot and killed in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting six years ago, said no one has agreed to meet with her. No one much wants to talk about the deadly rampage inside the high school that left 10 people dead and 13 injured, much less discuss ways to prevent shootings. “This has been starkly different from Parkland in so many ways,” said Phillips, who has traveled to nine mass shooting scenes in the past six years, offering support to survivors and victims’ families. “It’s almost jarring.” Unlike Parkland and other mass shootings that sparked national debates and rallies calling for changes to gun rules, the shooting at Santa Fe has delivered a much more muted response to the gun debate. Gov. Greg Abbott said […]

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