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Texas Lt. Gov. Calls For 'Hardening' Of School Buildings After Santa Fe Shooting

May 20, 2018 - 4:42 pm
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SANTA FE, Texas (WCBS 880/CBS News/AP) -- Texas Lt. Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that the Santa Fe High School shooting could have been prevented if teachers had been carrying guns, and called for the “hardening” of school buildings.

The shooting killed 10 people on Friday morning.

Patrick blames a U.S. "culture of violence" and says more needs to be done to keep shooters away from students, such as restricting school entrances and arming teachers with guns.

He tells CNN's "State of the Union": "When you're facing someone who's an active shooter, the best way to take that shooter down is with a gun. But even better than that is four to five guns to one."

Appearing on the Sunday talk shows, Patrick did not address details of the law enforcement investigation into Friday's shooting at Santa Fe High. A 17-year-old student is being held on murder charges.

Patrick tells ABC's "The Week" he supports background checks for gun purchasers but stresses "gun regulation starts at home."

Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association's incoming president is blaming the latest deadly school shooting on youngsters "steeped in a culture of violence."

Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North tells "Fox News Sunday" that authorities are trying "like the dickens" to treat symptoms instead of going after the disease.

He says the disease isn't the Second Amendment and that depriving law-abiding citizens of their constitutional right to have a firearm won't stop shootings like Friday's near Houston that left 10 people dead.

North identifies the "disease" as youngsters growing up in a culture where violence is commonplace.

Meanwhile, the funeral for the Pakistani exchange student killed in the shooting was under way Sunday afternoon. It was held at the Brand Lane Islamic Center at 2 p.m. local time.

The Islamic Society of Greater Houston has offered to transport the body of Sabika Sheikh, CBS affiliate KHOU-TV reports.

Sheikh was one of the 10 people killed in the shooting on Friday morning. The attack left 10 others injured in what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described as "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools."

Her father, Abdul Aziz Sheikh, said he learned of the shooting while watching TV at home in Pakistan after iftar, the meal breaking fast during the holy month of Ramadan. When he realized the shooting occurred at the school his daughter attended, he began sending her messages, but she didn't respond. He first learned of her death after calling the exchange program.

He told the Associated Press that she was supposed to travel home in three weeks for the holiday. He said he thought his daughter would be safe in America.

Sabika was an exchange student with Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, which is funded by the U.S. State Department. It provides scholarships for secondary-school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend one academic year in the U.S.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent his "deepest condolences" to her friends and family in a statement Saturday.

"Sabika's death and that of the other victims is heartbreaking and will be mourned deeply both here in the United States, and in Pakistan," Pompeo said.

Eight of the 10 victims who were slain were students. In addition to Sheikh, they were identified as Kimberly Vaughan, Shana Fisher, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Riley Garcia, Jared Black, Christopher Jake Stone, and Aaron Kyle McLeod.

The other two, Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale, were teachers.

The suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, of Santa Fe, is being held without bond on a capital murder charge in the Galveston County jail.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. CBS News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.)