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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Flowers, toys, and different objects to recollect the victims of the deadliest U.S. faculty taking pictures in almost a decade ensuing within the dying of 19 kids and two lecturers, are seen at a memorial at Robb Elementary Faculty in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. M


By Brendan O’Brien

(Reuters) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday requested that state lawmakers convene committees to look at faculty security, psychological well being and police coaching within the wake of final week’s faculty taking pictures that killed 19 kids and two lecturers.

Abbott in a joint letter requested fellow Republicans Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and state Home Speaker Dade Phelan to type particular committees that may make suggestions to the state legislature and his workplace within the hopes of stopping a repetition of the varsity taking pictures in Uvalde, which is about 80 miles west of San Antonio.

“We as a state should reassess the dual points of college security and mass violence. As leaders, we should come collectively at the moment to offer options to guard all Texans,” Abbott wrote, asking lawmakers to additionally examination social media and firearm security.

Abbott, who’s searching for re-election in November, has mentioned that stringent gun legal guidelines don’t forestall violence and that policymakers ought to as an alternative concentrate on psychological well being remedy and prevention.

In response to Abbott’s letter, state Consultant Chris Turner, a Democrat, posted on Twitter (NYSE:) a listing of gun-control proposals that have been made following the mass taking pictures in El Paso in 2019 that killed 23 individuals.

“On the lookout for options? Listed here are some proposed to you in 2019 following El Paso mass taking pictures,” he wrote. “We by no means heard again.”

Abbott’s request comes on the identical day {that a} funeral was held for Irma Garcia, a Robb Elementary fourth-grade instructor who was killed within the taking pictures, and her husband Joe, who died of a coronary heart assault two days after the bloodbath.

Particulars have emerged over the past week that present that Uvalde legislation enforcement companies allowed the shooter to stay in a classroom for almost an hour whereas officers waited within the hallway and youngsters inside made panicked 911 requires help.

The U.S. Justice Division on Sunday mentioned it might evaluation legislation enforcement’s response to the taking pictures, as anger grows over the police’s failure to swiftly confront the gunman. Texas state and county authorities say they’re additionally conducting their very own inquiry.

CNN on Wednesday spoke with Uvalde Faculty District Police Chief Pete Arredono, who refused to reply questions on his speedy response to the taking pictures.

“We have now been in touch with DPS on daily basis, simply so you already know”, Arredono advised CNN when requested in regards to the Division of Public Security having mentioned he was not cooperating with them.