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Teachers have returned to work at a Texas high school where 10 people were killed. But critics say Texas isn't serious about changing its gun-loving culture.

He has been a staunch supporter of gun rights, and few expect the meetings to result in recommendations for significant gun restrictions in Texas.

"I can't believe it could have been any of us at the school, we need to make [a] change now", he added.

Greg Abbott on Tuesday kicked off the first of three roundtable discussions on school safety in the wake of the Santa Fe High School shootings. The Wednesday discussion, for example, will include legislative leaders and the lieutenant governor, judges, the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, mental health experts, the director of the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University and members of groups advocating for and against increased gun regulation.

It is time for voters to solve this problem by electing representatives who are not afraid of the National Rifle Association and are willing to act boldly in defending Americans in our own country. A 17-year-old student is being held on capital murder charges.

"It's frightful, it's just tough", said Williams when asked about the shooting that took the lives of eight students and two teachers.

J.J. Watt, star defense end for the Houston Texans, brought cheer on Monday to survivors of the Santa Fe High School massacre.

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He called for a series of high-level policy meetings after a high school near Houston became the latest to have a mass shooting. So will Texas Gun Sense, which promotes common-sense reforms to prevent violence. Since 2013, Texas has reduced the cost and hours of training needed to be licensed to carry a handgun, allowed "open carry" for handgun license holders, and allowed concealed handguns in college classrooms and dorms. Texas also allows rifles to be openly carried in public. Weapons seized could be returned to that person's family.

One of the roundtable participants, Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks, said there would be pros and cons in allowing school personnel to carry firearms on campus.

None of those scenarios would have snagged the suspect in Santa Fe.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspected shooter, reportedly used two firearms, neither of which were obtained by him legally but were owned by his father and not properly safeguarded.

"If you lose your right, especially one provided by the Constitution, is there some due process?"

"You can't get back home, you can't physically help out in any way", Watt said. "There has got to be due process".

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