JJ Watt visits Texas shooting survivors at hospital


Antonios Pagourtzis' claims came during a brief phone interview Monday with The Wall Street Journal.

"It's terrible, it's just tough", said Williams when asked about the shooting that took the lives of eight students and two teachers. She said teachers should be armed. When the reporter asks her why, the girl responds, "It's been happening everywhere. I don't know what happened", he said. "I wasn't surprised, I was just scared". And it works: They have brought significant change to eight states, forcing stronger background checks, limiting gun access to perpetrators of domestic violence, and creating "red flag" laws to allow the local police and families to take guns away from relatives who are at risk to themselves or others - laws that might have prevented at least some of the mass shootings in the last decades. "Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over". But Abbott's call to do "more than just pray" for the victims comes in a state that has fully embraced its gun culture and resisted previous attempts to scale it back.

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.

The students who survived the Parkland shooting weren't too young that they could be dismissed as being told what to say by adults (although that happened) or too old that they could be accused of having a political agenda (although that happened too).

His father told the Journal that Dimitrios was "mistreated at school" and "I believe that's what was behind" the shooting.

The high school student also rejected the idea that Santa Fe High School will only be remembered for the shooting.

Barnes was in intensive care following surgery Monday, said Walter Braun, police chief of the Santa Fe Independent School District. It's the second school shooting in Texas this year.

Santa Fe is roughly 30 miles southeast of Houston. Why would her school be spared when so many others have not? Two-thirds of American school districts conduct "active shooter" drills.

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". "My life matters, but it's like, there's one person that can come home to their family or there can be 22 people that come home to their families".

"I'll get downtime after we've voted all of these NRA shills out of office", a Moms Demand Action member told me yesterday. "The reality is that we all want guns out of the hands of people who want to murder our children". "It's a choice that I have to make".

The discussions will start in Austin, and Abbott says they will include lawmakers, educators, students, parents, gun-rights advocates and shooting survivors.

Days after 10 people were shot to death at Texas high school, Governor Greg Abbott met with politicians and school administrators on Tuesday to consider proposals to stem school violence in a state where gun-control measures usually sink in the Republican-controlled legislature.