Texas round table to include both sides of gun debate

Texas round table to include both sides of gun debate

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Two groups at opposite ends of the gun debate will meet Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday as part of a second round of talks on preventing gun violence on campus, a response to last week’s fatal shooting of 10 people in a Houston-area high school. People mourn at a makeshift memorial left in memory of the victims killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Abbott invited representatives from the Texas State Rifle Association, which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association, and Texas Gun Sense, which favors gun control, to join him in Austin, the state capital. A group of experts are also expected to take part in the second of three round tables that the governor said would focus on mental health issues and the causes of gun violence. Abbott, a Republican and staunch gun rights supporter, has said that any changes to state laws would “protect Second Amendment rights” to bear arms as enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. The Republican-controlled legislature is out of session until January 2019, making it nearly impossible for the state to implement and fund any major changes that come out of this week’s talks. People mourn at a makeshift memorial left in memory of the victims killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Abbott has given no indication that he would call for […]

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