President Trump, the nation responds to shooting in Santa Fe

(Donald J. Trump)

SANTA FE, Texas – President Donald Trump has "activated" his gun safety commission and is expected to meet with members next week in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Texas.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the commission the president convened after the Parkland, Florida, shooting in February "has been activated today to start that conversation up again."

She said she believes it will be meeting again in "first part of next week."

She declined to say whether Trump will revisit some gun control measures after another school shooting, but adds, "Certainly conversation's ongoing about the best ways to protect kids across the country."

Authorities said Friday's shooting at Santa Fe High School left 10 dead and 10 wounded.

The nation is sending messages of support to those impacted by the shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday morning.

These are the far-reaching reactions seen on social media:

President Donald Trump:

Vice President Mike Pence:

Melania Trump:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott:

Sen Ted Cruz:

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner:

"The tragedy at Santa Fe High School is a painful reminder that our children are vulnerable in the very place we send them to be nurtured and educated. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families who must live with the heinous actions committed by cowards.

"But for those of us in government, expressions of support are not enough. The next steps should be policy changes to provide school districts in our local communities and across Texas with resources to keep students and teachers safe.

"School districts across Texas should consider installing metal detectors in all campus buildings. Metal detectors are a deterrent to anyone who might try to bring deadly weapons into schools. They also can detect weapons carried by the undeterred.

"As we care about protecting travelers and visitors to federal, state and locally owned buildings, we must also show the same sense of urgency, concern, and compassion toward children and adults in schools. Schools must be made to be as safe as airports and government buildings.

"The cost of installing metal detectors may be an obstacle for some school districts. Therefore, I call on state elected leaders to make funding metal detectors and other security measures in schools a priority across Texas.

"When schools open in the next school year, metal detectors should be in place to provide additional safety for our children.

"For now, there is no end in sight to the evil school shootings plaguing our country.

"We must make a change now because our children’s lives are worth protecting. I will explore further possible policy changes in consultation with the Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence, whose members I will announce in a few days."

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton:

Attorney General Ken Paxton issued this statement following the shooting at Santa Fe High School this morning: “The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Santa Fe and those affected by today’s tragic shooting. As horrific reports come out of Santa Fe High School, my office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed.”

Texas State Rep. Gene Wu: 




Sheila Jackson Lee: 

Houston Rockets

Chris Paul:


Houston Astros:

Jose Altuve:

Lance McCullers Jr.

A.J. Hinch: 

Houston Dynamo:

Houston Dash:

Jeff Banister:


Lamar Miller: 

Dominique Sachse:


Carlos Correa: 



J.J. Watt

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo: 

“Our community and our local church joins an ever-growing list of those impacted by the evil of gun violence. I extend my heartfelt prayers, along with my brother bishops, for all of those who have died, their families and friends, those who were injured, and for our local community. Sadly, I must yet again point out the obvious brokenness in our culture and society, such that children who went to school this morning to learn and teachers who went to inspire them will not come home. We as a nation must, here and now, say definitively: no more death! Our Lord is the Lord of life. May He be with us in our sorrow and show us how to honor the precious gift of life and live in peace.”

Tilman Fertitta: 

Rick Perry:



Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner:

Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez: 

Parkland survivor David Hogg: 

Parkland survivor Alex Wind:

Houston ISD: 

The Houston Independent School District sends condolences to the entire Santa Fe ISD community. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the students, staff, and families affected by this senseless tragedy. We offer our full support to Santa Fe ISD during this difficult time. The HISD Police Department has more than 200 officers assigned to schools and facilities across the district, and they work diligently every day to keep HISD students and staff safe. Today, the department is operating on high alert, and all available officers are on patrol. Additionally crisis counselors are available to students upon request.

Fort Bend ISD:

Friendswood ISD:

Sarah Chadwick, March for Our Lives member:

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