Texas School Shooting Suspect's Father Calls Son 'Victim'

Javier Stokes
May 25, 2018

He tweeted that it was time to "get this out of the way" and stated that the shooting could not have been prevented by a gun ban or reform because the suspect "was carrying an illegal firearm and illegal explosives". "It is homes without discipline and communities without values".

They included trying to provide a grant to the Texas School Safety Center to train local school districts and law enforcement agencies on collaboration, creating a statewide threat assessment system, expanding a Lubbock program aimed at preventing at-risk students from committing violent acts and creating a list of recommendations for all schools on how they can immediately make their schools safer, like re-evaluating entrances and exits and placing law enforcement inside schools.

These students watched Occupy Wall Street, the Women's March, and countless Black Lives Matter marches-they are part of a generation that knows how to protest in this day and age. Three weeks after the bloodbath, Florida politicians defied the NRA and passed a gun control package after a lobbying campaign led by student survivors of the attack.

In their first statement since the massacre, the family of the suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, said Saturday that the bloodshed "seems incompatible with the boy we love".

On Friday, in the aftermath of the shooting at Santa Fe High School, one video clip stood out to me. "They see the person as the problem and security as the second problem".

A Texans team official said city leaders thought the offer 'was very generous and special.' On Twitter, Watt described the shooting as 'absolutely horrific'. Trochesset said 200 officers from law enforcement agencies throughout the region converged Friday afternoon on the shooting scene.

Abbott, a Republican, listed off numerous ideas and suggestions that came out of the three-hour meeting, but focused on four specific ideas that he said could be implemented before students come back to school next fall.

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Texas has more than 1.2 million licensed handgun owners who can openly carry their weapons in public. But critics say Texas isn't serious about changing its gun-loving culture.

In 2015, Abbott tweeted he was "embarrassed" that Texas lagged behind California in gun sales.

You could nearly conjure the whole scene in your mind without visiting the place, the aftermaths of school shootings having become so familiar. A photograph of the governor aiming a shotgun was removed.

Some gun rights proponents in Texas have embraced the idea of arming teachers, a strategy advocated by the National Rifle Association and U.S. President Donald Trump.

On Sunday morning, even as residents sought refuge in their churches, the simmering debate was never far away. Her group will stress tougher background checks, suicide prevention, gun safety at home and so-called "red flag" laws that restrict gun access for people identified as potentially risky to themselves or others. Former Dallas County Sherriff Lupe Valdez, who is favored to win Tuesday's Democratic gubernatorial runoff and face Abbott in November, has called for stricter background checks and closing of gun sale loopholes but was quick to add: "That doesn't mean I'm against guns". Monica Bracknell, an 18-year-old senior who survived the shooting, stopped to tell the governor that the attack should not be used as a political push for gun control.

According to ESPN, Watt will also pay for the funerals of the eight students and two teachers who were killed in the shooting, the most deadly school shooting since the Parkland shooting in February. "It means I'm against stupidity".

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