Texas Governor Makes Post-Shooting Gun Policy

Texas Governor Greg Abbot announces his gun reform proposal in Dallas on Wednesday.

Texas Governor Greg Abbot announces his gun reform proposal in Dallas on Wednesday.

By Free Radical

In the wake of the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, the state’s governor unveiled a plan to make schools safer on Wednesday. The plan includes a mix of reforms that will make both liberals and conservatives hopeful and disappointed.

The Governor’s School and Firearm Safety Plan includes forty recommendations altogether. Delivered at the Dallas Independent School District’s Administration Building, the new plan proposes to arm teachers and increase the police presence in schools.

Abbot also calls for reforms to make it easier for authorities to seize guns from threatening individuals and for courts to reveal if someone is mentally unfit to carry a gun much quicker.

Texas has been hit especially hard by mass shootings. Last November, twenty-six people were killed at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church and in 2016 five Dallas policemen were killed by a lone gunman.

The Santa Fe shooting, along with the Parkland mass murder in Florida has renewed calls for comprehensive gun control and a reassessment of the NRA’s lobby of government officials. Florida Governor Rick Scott has also proposed a similar policy that includes arming teachers and minimal limits on gun ownership.

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