Santa Fe, unlike Parkland, says the issue behind the latest school shooting isn’t guns

Santa Fe, unlike Parkland, says the issue behind the latest school shooting isn't guns

Students and teachers returning to Santa Fe High School on Saturday to claim belongings left behind during the evacuation had to be escorted by police: The school was still a crime scene, cordoned off with yellow police tape. They were joined by Cassandra Garza, a sophomore. She didn’t bring a sign with a political slogan, or talk about gun control. All she wanted was to be with her friends, Cassandra said, and "to get together and pray this never happens again." But three months earlier in Parkland, Fla., the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead unleashed a movement, with students and parents of the dead organizing, protesting and calling for expanded gun control laws. Their activism led to school walkouts nationwide, voter registration drives and massive demonstrations, including the March for Our Lives in Washington. Polls show the U.S. remains deeply divided about guns, and the responses in Parkland and Santa Fe help explain why. Residents in both cities say something needs to be done about school shootings, but there’s no agreement on what that something should be. Outside the high school Saturday, Sandy Phillips said she was not surprised to be the lone advocate there for gun control. Phillips, a San Antonio native, was wearing a pin with a photo of her daughter, Jessica Ghawi, who was killed in the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., six years ago at age 24. Phillips and her husband have since responded to support fellow victims at […]

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