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Pete Buttigieg says blaming gates for school shootings is ‘madness’
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The May 24 massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas plunged the nation into collective shock and grief, followed by a series of deadly shootings. The relentless bloodshed has renewed the push for broader gun control, but some lawmakers have focused their calls on improving school infrastructure – something Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg decried on Sunday.

“The idea that we’re the only developed country where this happens on a regular basis – especially in terms of mass shootings – is somehow the result of the design of the doors to our school buildings is the definition of insanity, if not the definition of denial,” Buttigieg said Sunday during an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”

In the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, a number of Republican lawmakers criticized the politicization of gun rights, saying instead that future gunmen could be stopped by posting more security guards and closing all but one door in the schools.

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“Have a door to get in and out of the school and have that door, armed police at that door,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said May 25 during an interview with Fox’s Jesse Watters. News. “If that had happened… when this psychopath arrived, the armed police could have brought him out and we would have 19 children and two teachers still alive.”

Cruz also called for the installation of bulletproof doors and glass to help prevent shootings. His call for a single point of entry into schools was echoed by Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and former President Donald Trump, who said ‘schools should be our country’s toughest target’ during his speech at a National Rifle Association convention in Houston. days after the attack.

State and local lawmakers on both sides of the aisle commented on the events surrounding a mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas on May 24. (Video: Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)

Following one of the deadliest school shootings in US history, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right) wrote a letter to Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath Agency, calling for the implementation of “enhanced security measures” in schools, including “weekly inspections of exterior doors to ensure they are secure during school hours.” Last week, Abbott also called on the state legislature to address topics including school safety, mental health and gun safety through a series of “special legislative committees,” reported. the Washington Post.

The Republican focus on strengthening entry points to schools follows an ongoing investigation into the attack in Uvalde, where the gates took center stage, the Associated Press reported. Police have offered varying accounts of how the shooting unfolded, first saying the shooter entered the school through a back door held open by a teacher, then saying the door was not properly locked after the teacher closed it.

There have been over 200 mass shootings so far in 2022

Since the school shooting in Texas, there have been at least 33 other mass shootings – defined as those in which at least four victims are wounded or killed – in the United States, including more than a dozen over Memorial Day weekend. Last Saturday and Sunday, shootings killed at least 10 people in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan and South Carolina. According to Gun Violence Archive, there hasn’t been a single week in the United States without a mass shooting so far this year.

The “horrific scourge of gun violence in this country,” Buttigieg said on Sunday, has rocked cities, where mayors are “taking whatever action you can locally” to reduce violence. Yet there is little they can do without action from the federal government, he added.

“You also look to Washington to say, ‘Will anything be different this time? said Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind. “Are we really going to recognize the reasons why we are the only country, the only developed country, where this routinely happens?

Congress is gearing up to pass gun control legislation, with talks in the Senate being led by Senators John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). As lawmakers work on a proposal to encourage states to implement red flag laws to keep guns out of the hands of people deemed a threat to themselves or others, plans would likely only include not renewing the federal assault weapons ban or significantly expanding federal background checks, as President Biden has requested, The Post previously reported.


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