Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) said on Friday that having “too many entrances and too many exits” at schools makes mass school shootings worse.
Patrick’s statement came after the Santa Fe high school mass shooting that took place in his state earlier Friday morning.
“We may have to look at the design of our schools moving forward and retrofitting schools that are already built,” Patrick, who opposes gun control, said at a news conference.
“There are too many entrances and too many exits to our over 8,000 campuses in Texas,” he continued. “There aren’t enough people to put a guard at every entrance and exit. You would be talking 25, 30, 40,000 people.”
TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick, a fierce opponent of gun control, says today's shooting may have been caused by Texas schools having "too many entrances and too many exits." pic.twitter.com/tLByRqL6oX
— David Mack (@davidmackau) May 18, 2018
The mass shooting that took place at the Texas high school left 10 people dead while leaving 10 others injured.
The shooter was identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who was a student at the school. According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), the shooter obtained the weapons he allegedly used for the shooting – a .38 revolver and a shotgun — from his father.