The latest on the Texas school shooting

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And according to CNN, of those shootings, 22 have been attacks in schools that resulted in victims being hurt or killed in 2018 - equating to more than one school shooting per week.

Two groups at opposite ends of the gun debate were set to meet Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday to look for solutions days after a shooter killed 10 people in a Houston-area high school.

His father says he owns guns but that the boy doesn't.

The public schools in Santa Fe, Texas, are closed Monday and Tuesday, as the community mourns and grapples with how to put the pieces back together. Several top Republicans have called for the state to "harden" school campuses against future attacks and arm more teachers.

"There's not just the one thing you can do that will stop this and be a cure-all", Bessent said.

That's in sharp contrast to the response to the February 14 shooting rampage at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead. 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.

The shooting rampage in Florida sparked a gun control campaign by students and parents that has piled on pressure nationwide for lawmakers to enact gun control legislation.

Yet these factors exist in other countries, but they don't see anywhere near the same level of mass shootings and other gun violence as the United States.

"The problem is that innocent people are being shot", Abbott said.

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Seventeen-year-old junior Shelby Aguilera said walking the empty halls Tuesday was "eerie", adding, "I didn't want to be there and I got sick to my stomach". He acknowledged that such airport-style screening would carry a high cost for the thousands of school districts in the state.

Abbott has focused on mental health issues and arming school personnel.

His spokesperson Stephen Chang said the governor was finalizing plans for the roundtables, including the dates and participants. He did not respond to a request for comment.

Earlier this month at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Dallas, Abbott himself said, "The problem is not guns". Abbott has given no indication that he would do so. One of those students was Clay Horn, a pole vaulter who is now being treated for gunshot wounds. He said after the shooting that he wanted to use it across the state.

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.

Reuters reported that about 42,000 students have been screened through that program, and 1 percent of them were referred to licensed counselors after their evaluation.

A lot of them expressed optimism after the meeting.

"We can't do gun violence prevention without being optimistic".

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