Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick blamed Friday’s massacre at a high school near Houston in part on “too many entrances and too many exits” on the campus, prompting some to mock his perspective as “door control.”
“From what we know, this student walked in … with a long coat and a shotgun under his coat,” said Patrick, a Republican who has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. “It’s 90 degrees. Had there been one single entrance possibly for every student, maybe he would have been stopped.”
Patrick, who has previously pushed for open carry and concealed carry laws in Texas, made the comments during a news conference on the same day a 17-year-old student allegedly opened fire with a shotgun and a revolver at Santa Fe High School, killing 10 people and injuring at least 10 others. The firearms were owned by the suspect’s father, Texas’ governor has said.
While Patrick also implored parents who own guns to lock them safely away, he focused his remarks not on weapons but on redesigning school entryways. In placing a focus on doors, Patrick seemingly fell in line with the powerful gun-lobbying group’s strategy following school-shooting incidents of identifying possible ways — apart from restricting firearms — to make campuses safer.
“There are too many entrances and too many exits to our over 8,000 campuses in Texas. There aren’t enough people to put a guard in every entrance and exit,” Patrick said, suggesting officials consider retrofitting existing schools to reduce doorways.
Patrick’s proposal drew criticism online, with some noting that it ignored the role of guns in the recent bloodshed.
The proposal to limit exits and entrances also raised concerns of creating a major hazard in an emergency, as it could limit the number of people who could flee at once.
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SOURCE: CNN, Eric Levenson