‘It’s Not a Gun-Law Issue’: 18-Year-Old Tells Texas Gov That Shooting Is About More Than Firearms

Monica Bracknell, an 18-year-old who knew one of the teachers killed during the shooting at Santa Fe High School, told Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) that the shooting is about school security, not gun laws. 

On Sunday, Abbott addressed members of Arcadia First Baptist Church before services began. According to The Wall Street Journal, he explained that he was there to “comfort my fellow Texans.”

He also shared that he was open to speeding background checks and preventing people who pose a threat to others from getting firearms.

The Associated Press (AP) reported Bracknell, who survived the shooting, seized the opportunity of meeting the governor to share her views on the issue of gun control. 

“People are making this into a political issue,” she shared with the AP she told him. “It’s not a political issue. It’s not a gun-law issue.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, she added that the recent high school shooting shows that there’s a major problem with school safety, “It’s a, this-kid-was-able-to-get-into-the-school-very-easily, issue,” she said. 

Jerl Watkins, the interim senior pastor at the church, explained that there are “no words” that can take away the pain the 10 families of the victims are feeling and called for more than just prayers. 

“Do we need to do more than just pray?” he asked. “Yes, we most certainly do.” 

The recent shooting reignited an already fierce debate about gun control in the country, but the Los Angeles Times reported that in the wake of the shooting, the Santa Fe students, unlike Parkland, Florida, students, haven’t vocalized a strong cry for increased gun control. 

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At a vigil on Friday evening, the Los Angeles Times reported the issue of guns didn’t come up, and on Saturday, there were no protests, and there weren’t any expected for Sunday. 

“We have created a culture that does not value life, that does not honor God, that does not respect authority,” the Rev. Brad Drake, who lost a member of his congregation in the shooting, said.

He added that now, we’re “reaping the consequences of those actions,” and no security guard or metal detector can reverse what’s been created. 

Eight students and two teachers were killed during the shooting on Friday. Accused shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis was arrested and faces charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant. 

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