Texas governor says school safety talks will include gun control

Texas governor says school safety talks will include gun control

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas kicked off a series of closed discussions on school safety on Tuesday by promising to discuss gun regulation as one way to stem deadly violence. The roundtable events follow a school shooting last week that left eight students and two teachers dead in Santa Fe, Texas. The shooting took place just over three months after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 were killed. Abbott, a Republican, said that over three days this week, officials, community leaders and a range of experts would discuss guns, mental health and the relationship between schools and law enforcement. “The fact of the matter is, this is something where people across the entire philosophical spectrum can come together and reap solutions … whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, whether you are pro-gun or believe in more gun regulation,” Abbott said ahead of the meeting. “The reality is we want guns out of the hands of those who want to murder our children.” The roundtable discussion on Tuesday was to focus on preventing shootings and reducing threats. Abbott said the Wednesday meeting would focus on “gun regulations, mental health solutions and underlying causes of gun violence.” Thursday’s discussion will focus on victims. All events are closed to the press. At the table will be advocates on both sides of gun regulations, along with experts on mental health, school safety and social media. Also expected to participate are people affected by gun violence, education officials, as well […]

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