In the wake of the terrible tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, Governor Greg Abbott is insisting the Lone Star state do everything in its power to prevent another shooting. Abbott shared his feelings in a letter on Monday.
“We sadly recognize we cannot do anything to bring back the precious lives that were taken; however, we must do everything in our power to prevent the same tragic ending from happening again,” Abbott wrote.
“An important part of these prevention efforts must focus on the proper training of law enforcement and school administrators on how to respond when they face the threat of an active shooter on their campus. This vital training, which is delivered by veteran first responders with proven experience in active attack response and police training, will help law enforcement on school campuses better respond to these situations,” the letter added.
According to the Daily Wire, “The letter instructed Texas State University Executive Director Dr. Pete Blair to begin providing Texas State University’s nationally-recognized Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) programs to all school districts across the state.”
“ALERRT is designed to equip first responders with effective strategies to respond to active attack events, according to a statement from the governor’s office. The ALERRT training is provided by veteran first responders and has served more than 200,000 first responders across the nation.”
“As Texans mourn the tragedy that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last week, we as a State must reassess the twin issues of school safety and mass violence,” the letter stated.
“As leaders, we must come together at this time to provide solutions to protect all Texans. Accordingly, I hereby request that each of you convene a special legislative committee. I look forward to working with you both on this important mission to make Texas safer, and I stand ready to provide any and all support,” Abbott added.