FORT WORTH — Just months after organizing a March for Our Lives rally in downtown Fort Worth, two high school students are asking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to consider laws that will hold adults responsible for not securing their weapons.

“We know that Texas can be a leader on responsible gun ownership and reasonable gun legislation, which will prevent further tragedies like those in Santa Fe and Sutherland Springs,” Lillian Scott and Lucy Ariola wrote in a letter to the governor provided to the Star-Telegram.

Police arrested 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who was a student at the Santa Fe high school in the mass shooting there killed 10 people and wounded at least 10 others. In Sutherland Springs, 26 people were killed in a mass shooting at First Baptist Church in November.

Scott and Ariola are juniors at Fort Worth Paschal High School. They organized March for Our Lives-Fort Worth, which drew thousands of activists in downtown Fort Worth in March. They are among North Texas student activists who were moved to stand for gun reform after 17 people were killed in a shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14.

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On Monday, many heeded Abbott’s statewide call for Texans to take part in a moment of silence to honor the victims of Santa Fe. The moment of silence was scheduled for 10 a.m.

Issued a statewide call for Texans to take part in a moment of silence at 10:00 AM C.T. tomorrow, May 21, 2018, to honor the memory of the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting.
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) May 20, 2018

“The act of evil that occurred in Santa Fe has deeply touched the core of who we are as Texans,” Abbott said in a statement. “In the midst of such tragedy, we pray for the victims and those mourning in Santa Fe, while we work to ensure swift and meaningful action to protect our students in schools across our state.”

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.


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