UPDATE: Texas Governor Meeting With Students, Shooting Survivors

UPDATE: Texas Governor Meeting With Students, Shooting Survivors

Office Of The Governor/Flickr Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a roundtable discussion on school safety, May 22, 2018 in Austin. It was the first of several planned discussions following the shooting at Santa Fe High School. The focus of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s meetings on school safety and mass shootings is shifting to those who have been closest to the recent violence, including students, surviving victims and even one person who grabbed a gun and fought back. Abbott called for the meetings after last week’s attack at Santa Fe High School. Following two days of hearing from education officials, law enforcement, mental health experts and gun control and gun rights groups, Thursday’s meeting will include more than 30 people who can provide personal accounts of the attack in Santa Fe, and last November’s shooting at a rural church in Sutherland Springs. Most of those attending are students, families and staff from the Santa Fe shooting. Also invited are two survivors of the church shooting, the church pastor, and Stephen Willeford, who lives across the street from the church and has been hailed as a hero for grabbing a rifle and shooting back at the attacker. Abbott and Texas are being closely watched for how the state reacts to the violence of recent mass shootings. The governor is a staunch supporter of gun rights. He has worked to relax the state’s gun possession laws in recent years and few expect proposals for any major new restrictions to emerge from this […]

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