Texas leaders mull more security, mental health screenings to prevent shootings

Multiple people died as a result of a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Credit Stuart Villanueva  The Galveston County Daily News Via AP

"So when we try to incorporate parent involvement and hold parents accountable, you've got to face reality that some parents are not welcome to the school". Mourners gathered at white wooden crosses planted in front of the school, with a victim's name and a red heart on each cross.

The Astros wanted to do something to show their support for those affected by the shooting in Santa Fe, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from their ballpark in downtown Houston.

Wednesday's meeting will include representatives of gun control group Texas Gun Sense and the Texas State Rifle Association, which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association.

One Santa Fe school police officer who responded to the attack was shot and remained in critical condition Sunday, according to the University of Texas Medical Branch.

A major difference between these countries and the United States in they have much stricter gun laws and thus far fewer guns in circulation.

The gunman accused of killing 10 people and wounding 13 at a Texas high school last week was in a state of mental confusion, his attorneys said Monday, as schools beefed up security for students returning to classrooms.

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The governor focused largely on what could be done without legislative approval.

Tuesday's meeting is with school administrators, law enforcement and officials with programs that arm Texas teachers.

Recalling the attack on ABC television's "Good Morning America", student Trenton Beazely said the shooter "was playing music, making jokes, had slogans and rhymes he kept saying".

Abbott says everyone shares a "common goal - to protect innocent lives".

Yet these factors exist in other countries, but they don't see anywhere near the same level of mass shootings and other gun violence as the United States.

The Democratic mayor of Houston, while advocating for metal detectors at all schools, also called for tougher gun laws.

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Ten roses are left in memory of the victims killed in a shooting at the Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 20, 2018. She said teachers should be armed.

The alleged shooter, a 17-year-old student at the school, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault.

"I believe that's what was behind" the shooting, Antonios Pagourtzis told the newspaper.

Although officials have praised a swift response, it remains unclear just how quickly police got to the art lab on the 1,400-student campus, where authorities say Pagourtzis opened fire with a shotgun and.38-calibre handgun.

Abbott, a Republican, focused the first of three "roundtable sessions" on school safety.

The movement was reinvigorated in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland on Valentine's Day, which killed 17 students and teachers and wounded another 17. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat and chair of the Senate's Criminal Justice Committee, both echoed Patrick's optimism after the meeting and were happy with numerous proposals.

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