Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton reiterated his call to arm teachers after a gunman killed more than a dozen children and a teacher at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Mr Paxton made the remarks after police killed Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old man, who opened fire, killing 15 people at Robb Primary School in Uvalde.
The Texas Attorney General spoke to Newsmax in the midst of a runoff primary against Land Commissioner George P. Bush, where the election ends Tuesday night.
Mr Paxton suggested having “an entry point” at schools to make it harder for shooters to enter a school, as well as arming teachers and “possibly other administrators”.
“First responders usually can’t get there in time to prevent a shooting,” he said. “It’s just not possible unless you have a police force on every campus, which is almost impossible for a lot of these schools.”
Later on Fox News, Mr Paxton pushed back on the idea that there should be more laws to restrict gun ownership.
“We can’t stop bad people from doing bad things,” he said. “If they break homicide laws, they will not comply with gun laws. I never understood that argument.”
He later reiterated his position on arming teachers.
“The reality is we don’t have the resources to deploy law enforcement at every school,” he said. “It takes time for law enforcement, no matter how prepared, no matter how good they are, to get there. So proper education is the best hope for some of these people at the school.”
Gov. Greg Abbott said the state will investigate the shooting.
“I have directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. The Texas Department of Emergency Management is charged with providing local officials with any resources needed to respond to this tragedy while the state of Texas works to ensure the community has what it needs to heal.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/texas-attorney-general-uvalde-teachers-b2086641.html Texas Attorney General calls for teachers to be armed after Uvalde massacre