Last week’s tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, claimed 10 lives and resulted in a mass sweep for explosives planted by the subject in the school. The event has lawmakers at odds on how to proceed in the future, including whether or not more gun control is needed. One leader is taking action by opening the topic for discussion with community members including parents, mental health workers and educators.
• Texas remains one of the most historically pro-gun states in the country. Both Democrats and Republicans traditionally err on the side of the Second Amendment, rather than calling for more regulation.
• But something is changing. At a meeting earlier in the week, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo locked horns – and you might be surprised to find out it was the police chief asking for more regulation.
• Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was adamant that any more regulation would be a knee-jerk response that does more harm than good. But Acevedo insisted that Patrick consider the fact that “thoughts and prayers” clearly weren’t fixing the problem.
• As for what Patrick believes is the problem, the Governor cited a multitude of influences, including video games, separation of the church from schools, and a loss of the “American family” as a valuable institution. He also suggested that abortion, the way schools are designed, and the fact that many schools refuse to arm their teachers played a role in triggering the event.
• Acevedo responded with a call-to-action. “We need to start using the ballot box and ballot initiatives to take the matters out of the hands of people that are doing nothing that are elected into the hands of the people to see that the will of the people in this country is actually carried out.”
• It isn’t just Patrick and Acevedo who are at odds, either. It appears the split between gun rights supporters and regulation supporters is growing.
•Leaders like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have been working hard to bridge the gap and bring the two sides back together to work on real solutions. “I am seeking the best solutions,” he said, “to make our schools more secure and to keep our communities safe.” He is leading the way in taking action by opening discussions to see how the public feels about what needs to be done.
• Others, like Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady, encouraged students to stay strong and quoted the event as just a part of God’s bigger plan. “You’re entering a war zone…a spiritual war zone. We know there will be times like this,” he explained.