School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

A sheriff says officers were able to "engage" the shooter at a Texas school in 4 minutes after they were called to the scene. Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset says that allowed the rest of Santa Fe High School to be evacuated safely. (May 21) Media: Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has more than 1.2 million licensed handgun owners who can openly carry their weapons in public. The state hosted the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting two weeks ago. And until Monday, the governor’s re-election website was raffling off a shotgun. Guns are so hard-wired into Texas culture that last week’s deadly rampage at Santa Fe High School is considered unlikely to result in any significant restrictions on access to weapons in the Lone Star State. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott reacted to the killings of eight students and two teachers by calling for a series of roundtable discussions on school safety, starting Tuesday in Austin. He said last week that he wants to find ways to keep guns away from those who pose an "immediate danger to others." But the state’s 20-year dominance by the Republican Party all but guarantees the meetings will be dominated by calls to boost school security and "harden" campuses — an idea backed by the NRA — instead of demands for gun restrictions, said Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University. That’s in sharp contrast to the response to the Feb. 14 shooting rampage at a high school in Parkland, […]

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