President Trump, the nation responds to shooting in Santa Fe
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:
We grieve for the terrible loss of life, and send our support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack in Texas. To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High School – we are with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever... pic.twitter.com/LtJ0D29Hsv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence:
To the students, families, teachers of Santa Fe High School, all of those affected and the entire community: We are with you, you are in our prayers, and you're in the prayers of the American people. pic.twitter.com/8bhPWyK7vR— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 18, 2018
My heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 18, 2018
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott:
I’m on my way to Santa Fe High School. Will be briefed soon. Press conference at 1:00 to provide update. https://t.co/ayXt9n3KRA— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 18, 2018
Sen Ted Cruz:
Heidi and I are keeping all the students and faculty at Santa Fe High School in our prayers this morning, along with all first responders on the scene. Please be safe and heed warnings from local officials. https://t.co/5Un3Y4IA86— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) May 18, 2018
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:
Y'all been sending thoughts and prayers for two freaking decades now. Time to try something new.— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) May 18, 2018
The death toll at #SantaFe is currently 10.— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) May 18, 2018
This is not acceptable. This is not normal.
Sheila Jackson Lee:
This is not normal. This has to stop. This must stop. We now have 10 more souls that have died because as a society we are unable to stem the tide of gun violence. My heart aches and I mourn those whom we lost this morning at Santa Fe High School.” pic.twitter.com/42fjR86LPn— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) May 18, 2018
We send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those affected by the senseless tragedy at Santa Fe High School today. We will hold a moment of silence prior to tonight’s game and fly the Texas flags at MMP at half-staff in support and memory of the victims and their families— Houston Astros (@astros) May 18, 2018
Lance McCullers Jr.
Our hearts go out to our neighbors in Santa Fe and the students and families at Santa Fe High School.— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) May 18, 2018
Our hearts go out to the Santa Fe community and the students and families at Santa Fe High School.— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) May 18, 2018
Prayers for Santa Fe Heart Breaking— Jeff Banister (@Bannyrooster28) May 18, 2018
Smh!!— Lamar Miller (@millertime_6) May 18, 2018
Prayers Up for Santa Fe 🙏🏽— Carlos Correa (@TeamCJCorrea) May 18, 2018
Absolutely horrific.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 18, 2018
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.”
Along with the Houston Rockets & Landry’s family, I am heartbroken for these innocent lives that were lost in Santa Fe today. My roots are in Galveston & we have many employees, friends & family in Galveston County which includes Santa Fe. There are just no words. pic.twitter.com/j9wildtiqH— Tilman Fertitta (@TilmanJFertitta) May 18, 2018
Praying for the victims and their families of the Sante Fe high school shooting in Texas. Thank you to the first responders and medical professionals for their swift response.— Rick Perry (@SecretaryPerry) May 18, 2018
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner:
Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez:
Parkland survivor David Hogg:
Parkland survivor Alex Wind:
Hoping things get better. Hoping things can change. Don’t tell me that there isn’t a shooting problem in this country. The perpetuating gun violence we face is ridiculous. https://t.co/dHeXH5Fo9B— Alex Wind (@al3xw1nd) May 18, 2018
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:
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those in Santa Fe this morning.— Fort Bend ISD (@FortBendISD) May 18, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Santa Fe High School.— Friendswood ISD (@friendswoodisd) May 18, 2018
Sarah Chadwick, March for Our Lives member:
To everyone at Santa Fe high school ,I hope youre safe, I’m so sorry this is happening, and I’m so sorry that it continues to https://t.co/zLRbrizYiD one should be in the situation that youre all currently in. Im not going to say thoughts and prayers but instead policy and action— Sarah Chadwick (@Sarahchadwickk) May 18, 2018
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