In Wake Of Texas Shooting, How Are Student Activists Responding?

Sante Fe school shooting: Suspect 'was rejected' by victim Shana Fisher

"You can't put somebody that is not proficient in that firearm in a position to where they'll have to use deadly force", he said. The shooter was named as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17.

The Santa Fe Highway 6 Ministerial Alliance says it will host "A Night of Hope and Healing" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Fe Junior High School football stadium.

The shooting at Santa Fe High School occurred about three months after 17 teenagers and staff were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, stoking the national debate over gun control.

"The only thing we want to hear about is: what are your ideas", the governor told the gathering in opening remarks before journalists were ushered out. He is charged with capital murder of 10 people - eight students and two teachers. He promised to speed up background checks and keep guns away from those who pose "immediate danger".

Texas has 5.4 million students enrolled in its public schools and any changes it made statewide would be costly. So much for MA gun control. "It is unchallenged at the state level", Jillson said. There were the usual blood drives and fundraisers for funeral expenses, and it seemed as if every church and bank sign in town was offering a single message: Pray for Santa Fe.

Sentiments like those could give Abbott political cover if his roundtable discussions don't lead to major changes.

"I don't blame the murder of my girl on American society but on that terrorism mindset that is there in all societies", her uncle Ansar Sheikh said, adding: "We need to fight it all over the world".

"I believe Gov. Abbott, he's going to take us forward", Reynolds-Perez said.

After the Florida tragedy, President Donald Trump organized discussions on how to prevent school shootings and at least mentioned the idea of limiting gun sales, though little concrete came out of those. During a press conference Monday at Santa Fe ISD's administration building, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset revealed more about the timeline between the moment the shooter opened fire and when and how long officers engaged the suspect. "I think people are the problem", 16-year-old student Alex Carvey told NBC News. In a speech to the NRA convention in Dallas, Abbott said, "The problem is not guns".

As well as killing 10, the shooting spree also injured 10 more, including John Barnes, 49, a retired Houston police officer now working as the Santa Fe resource officer who was first to confront the shooter. He says he has been to Sandy Hook, Orlando, Las Vegas and the Texas town of Sutherland Springs.

Meanwhile Wednesday in Austin, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's meetings on school violence and safety wade into the thorny issue of gun control with the next round.



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