The only thing that made Santa Fe different was the hypocrisy of major Texas politicians - the ones who have never wavered in their push for more guns on college campuses, showy open-carry laws and laws that have made it easier for the mentally ill to buy guns.
Cecilia Reynolds-Perez, principal of W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, said Tuesday she was concerned about a shortage of school counselors.
Abbott said he hoped some of the ideas could be implemented by the start of the next school year, such as an improved threat-assessment system that would allow schools across Texas to better share information.
"They can do what the rest of us do: Work your tail off, make money and give it to create it", she told HuffPost.
Texas's conservative and powerful lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, suggested after the shooting that school buildings may need fewer entrances and exits, and that violent video games may be partly to blame. "We have like one counselor to every 600 students and there's no way for a counselor to identify warning signs about some students, the potential ones, who are going to cause these actions". "Training has to be paramount". "It's not really a gun rights issue, it's just a gun issue and we shouldn't be afraid to discuss it". It's not clear if any of them will become a reality.
"The roundtables are more political theater than anything else", Jones said. Horn could have more surgery Tuesday.
Reynolds-Perez and Banks both said they thought Abbott was serious about making changes.
Seventeen-year-old junior Shelby Aguilera said walking the empty halls Tuesday was "eerie", adding, "I didn't want to be there and I got sick to my stomach".
The makeshift memorials were growing larger by the hour outside Santa Fe High School last Saturday, the balloons holding up valiantly while the floral bouquets were already beginning to wilt in the early summer heat. "This is a very big step we took today". There were also local law enforcement and school officials, including the district attorney who will lead the prosecution against 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the accused shooter in Friday's killings.
Reporters were then ushered out of the room, as Abbott's office announced they would be prior to the meeting.
Gun control advocates around the country have long pressed for expanded background checks and a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, but such measures would probably have had no effect on the Santa Fe High shooting.
The last of three roundtable meetings will take place Thursday and will focus on victims and victims' families.
Texas is one of 27 states, as well as Washington, D.C., that attempts to compel gun owners to store their firearms properly with a child access prevention law, which allows prosecutors to charge adults with misdemeanor criminal negligence when a child under 17 obtains a "readily dischargeable" firearm from their property.
But Whitmire said they'll have to be careful to avoid a "one-size-fits-all" approach. "Almost 15% of American children live in homes with unsecured firearms, but only a handful of states require guns to be locked up at home". On Monday, Abbott's re-election campaign scaled back its shotgun raffle in the wake of the Santa Fe shooting, replacing it with a raffle for a $250 gift certificate.