Gun Rights, Gun Control Advocates React to Texas Shooting

Politicians, activists rehash calls for increased security, regulation of guns.


A school shooting this morning in Santa Fe, Texas, has provoked an outpouring of grief, condolences, and ideas about how to prevent these tragic events from happening in the future.

What comments that are available from students express shock and disbelief.

"I shouldn't be going through this. It's my school. This is my daily life. I shouldn't have to feel like that," one student told Fox News.

President Donald Trump promised action earlier today while offering few specifics. "My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others," he said at an event this morning.

Conservative commenters have been arguing that schools need to be made more secure to prevent these kinds of shootings.

"We need to harden these targets, these soft targets with school resource officers," Rep. Michael McCaul (R–Texas) said on Fox News this afternoon. Similar thoughts were expressed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, who told Fox that the United States should replicate the Israeli model of armed school security.

Gun control groups have called for more firearm regulations. "It's time for America to find the courage to take on the powerful and fight for our own safety. We can't wall ourselves off from the threat of gun violence—it doesn't work," said former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. "Nor can we simply arm ourselves against one another—that makes it more dangerous still."

Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg expressed his rage on Twitter:

Read Reason's past coverage for problems with both increased school security measures and increased gun control as solutions to mass shootings.