Governor Abbott hears from survivors of mass shootings

- On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott heard directly from those affected by school shootings and their ideas to stop them at the State Capitol.

It was part of the third and final round table discussion organized by Abbott’s office in response to the deadly shooting at Santa Fe. The first meeting focused on school security and the second on mental health and gun regulations.

The guests were survivors and family members of the shootings in Killeen in 1991, Alpine High School in 2016, Sutherland Springs, and Santa Fe.

Some of the suggestions discussed at the meeting including having more police officers and mental health counselors in schools. Those in attendance also asked state and federal law makers about funding for increased safety measures. The debate about arming teachers also came up.

Abbott said his office will review the recommendations and information gathered at the three discussions and turn them into an action plan.

Parents at the meeting urged the governor to take action before the next school year.

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