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In Wake Of Santa Fe Shootings, Turner Pushes For Metal Detectors In All Schools

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is preparing to roll out a commission to make policy recommendations on how to combat gun violence. The mayor first announced plans for the group in March.

Mayor Sylvester Turner
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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is preparing to reveal the lineup of his Commission to End Gun Violence. Turner first announced plans for the commission in March. The announcement follows last week's shooting at Santa Fe High School, which killed ten people and injured more than a dozen others.


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The mandate is to recommend rules to improve public safety, both to Houston City Council as well as to state lawmakers and Congress. Mayor Turner said he doesn't want to put preconditions on the group, but he's already throwing his weight behind putting metal detectors in all schools.

"What I have said, in a general sense, is that our schools ought to be as safe as our airports and our governmental buildings," Turner said. "And as you all very well know, you just can't walk in here to City Hall without going through metal detectors. And what's the purpose of that? It's to keep everyone who is in this building, all of the elected officials and others safe."

Turner said the commission could hold its first meeting as early as next week.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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