National Football League star JJ Watt visits Santa Fe shooting survivors at Texas hospital

National Football League star JJ Watt visits Santa Fe shooting survivors at Texas hospital

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.

The Santa Fe High School gunman reportedly used his father's guns in the shooting. He also spoke of a vague idea of mandating parent training to prevent shootings and spoke at length about creating an app that would allow students, parents and law enforcement to monitor school security cameras.

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

Democrats have accused the Republican leadership of talking about what to do rather than moving swiftly to pass gun restrictions and new school-safety measures. But critics say Texas isn't serious about changing its gun-loving culture.

He called for a series of high-level policy meetings after a high school near Houston became the latest to have a mass shooting. He says he hopes her death will spur gun control in the United States.

"Texas Republicans look at this tragedy and they do not see the gun as the problem", said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston. Several top Republicans have called for the state to "harden" school campuses against future attacks and arm more teachers.

The shooting at the Santa Fe high school in Texas reminds again of the damage gun violence does to us all.

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Seventeen-year-old junior Shelby Aguilera said walking the empty halls Tuesday was "eerie", adding, "I didn't want to be there and I got sick to my stomach". She said teachers should be armed. Authorities said student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, walked into the school with a shotgun and a pistol and killed eight students and two teachers.

And according to CNN, of those shootings, 22 have been attacks in schools that resulted in victims being hurt or killed in 2018 - equating to more than one school shooting per week.

"I believe Gov. Abbott, he's going to take us forward", Reynolds-Perez said. His voice cracks as he describes how he told police to let him inside the school so his son could kill him instead.

A recent survey from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that just 46 percent of gun owners keep their firearms in a locked safe, cabinet or case or use other tools such as trigger locks to safely secure their weapons.

"There's nothing wrong with reasonable, pragmatic (gun) restrictions", Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a news conference.

Gov. Greg Abbott begins hosting school-safety roundtable discussions Tuesday.

Calls for tighter gun regulations in the U.S. have been prominent following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day, where 17 students and teachers were killed. 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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