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A mourners visited a memorial in front of Santa Fe High School on Monday

Camera IconA mourners visited a memorial in front of Santa Fe High School

While Santa Fe grieves the deaths of eight students and two teachers, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will host a second roundtable discussion Wednesday to find ways to help stop school violence.

Abbott started the meeting in Austin by discussing the format.

None of those scenarios would have snagged the suspect in Santa Fe.

The father of a 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Houston-area high school says the teenager doesn't own any guns and that perhaps his son was being bullied. Gun control groups point to the regular toll of shootings across the United States as evidence that more needs to be done to rein in the proliferation of weapons.

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

Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held in the Galveston County jail on capital murder charges.

There is no single remedy for the problem of school shootings, but imposing a criminal liability on people who negligently store firearms where a minor could gain access to them is essential.

A memorial at Santa Fe High School where 10 people lost their lives last week
Camera IconA memorial at Santa Fe High School where 10 people lost their lives last

He called for a series of high-level policy meetings after a high school near Houston became the latest to have a mass shooting.

Whatever the gun control laws are in Texas, they could not have prevented the massacre.

The governor has signed bills in recent years that reduced the cost and training to get a handgun license and allowed the state's 1.2 million license holders to openly carry their weapons in public.

In 2015, Abbott tweeted he was "embarrassed" that Texas lagged behind California in gun sales. On Monday, Abbott's re-election campaign scaled back its shotgun raffle in the wake of the Santa Fe shooting, replacing it with a raffle for a $250 gift certificate.

However unfortunately, the USA government, including President Donald Trump, has failed to recognise people's easy access to guns as a major problem. The Wednesday discussion, for example, will include legislative leaders and the lieutenant governor, judges, the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, mental health experts, the director of the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University and members of groups advocating for and against increased gun regulation. Wednesday's session will focus on gun regulations, mental health and causes of gun violence, he said.

The first meeting Tuesday was attended by nearly two dozen school administrators, politicians, law enforcement officials and an architect with expertise on school design, among others.

And it's not just Republicans. I didn't see a child who is a murderer. I've worn a gun over 40 years.

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