Today's Paper Weather Latest Obits HER Jobs Classifieds Newsletters Puzzles Circulars
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

On Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued eight executive orders designed to help prevent mass shootings such as the recent tragedies in El Paso and Midland-Odessa.

The orders seek to strengthen the flow of information on criminal convictions and suspicious activity between the Texas Department of Public Safety and, among others, local law enforcement, mental health professionals and schools districts.

The information will include more immediate reporting of criminal convictions and reports of suspicious activity so that potential threats can be identified and monitored. The monitoring will include social media and other online forums.

There will also be a campaign to educate law enforcement on reporting suspicious activity and help the public identify potential threats and report them.

The governor sees these orders as a balance between protecting the public and respecting Second Amendment rights.

We hope these orders do some good. There is likely no way to identify all threats and prevent all shootings. But if better reporting, assessment and monitoring prevent even a few, it will be worth it.

COMMENTS - It looks like you're using Internet Explorer, which isn't compatible with our commenting system. You can join the discussion by using another browser, like Firefox or Google Chrome.
It looks like you're using Microsoft Edge. Our commenting system is more compatible with Firefox and Google Chrome.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT