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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Says He’s Seeking ‘Pragmatic Ideas’ To Curb Gun Violence

A commission appointed by the mayor is now working on recommendations for keeping guns out of schools. Members have been asked to put together a series of proposals over the next few months.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said he was prompted to form the Commission Against Gun Violence after the school shooting in Parkland. After 10 people were killed at Santa Fe High School, Turner said the effort took on new urgency.

Several students are on the 37-member commission along with law enforcement, health care professionals, and community leaders. The group held its first meeting on Thursday.

Turner said he’s asking them to come up with pragmatic ideas, not just for school safety but also how to curb gun violence on the streets.

“We can’t wait for the perfect solution before we do something,” said Turner. “Because if we wait for the perfect solution we’ll end up doing nothing.”

One of the members of the commission is University of Houston student Ariel Hobbs. She said she’s hoping for sensible gun reform.

“I want the lives of students and children who live in the inner city to be taken as seriously as we do our football teams, our sports teams,” added Hobbs. “I want them to be able to walk out of their homes and not be scared to go to church or to a concert or to school. I feel like those places are supposed to be either places of fun or safe havens. Those have become places that people have to look over their shoulder and worry, is there a gunman in here.”

Mayor Turner said he wants a preliminary set of recommendations before school starts in August, along with more recommendations by the end of the year.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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