Behind Closed Doors, Abbott Talks Gun Violence And School Safety After Santa Fe Shooting

Behind Closed Doors, Abbott Talks Gun Violence And School Safety After Santa Fe Shooting

Gov. Greg Abbott (top center, in front of U.S. flag) held the first of three roundtable discussions on school safety in the aftermath of the Santa Fe high School shooting, in Austin on May 22, 2018. In a closed door meeting, Gov. Greg Abbott sat down with fellow lawmakers and other experts Tuesday afternoon for the first day of scheduled roundtable discussions on school safety and gun violence following a massacre at Santa Fe High School last week. Abbott, a Republican, said the discussions are designed to develop strategies that will prevent further shootings. “We have one single goal over the next few hours that we will be here, and that is to gain as much information as possible out of each person in this room,” he said surrounded by Texas officials in his public reception room at the Capitol. Attendees of Tuesday’s discussion, which began around 1:30 p.m., included leaders from the Texas House and Senate and the heads of the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Department of Public Safety. There were also local law enforcement and school officials, including the district attorney who will lead the prosecution against 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the accused shooter in Friday’s killings. At Santa Fe High School on Friday, Abbott mentioned a handful of relatively uncontroversial measures related to guns, including speeding up background checks, enacting policies to keep guns away from those who “pose an immediate danger” and providing more resources for school safety personnel. He said he’d like to […]

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