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Texas Lt. Governor Blames Doors for the Santa Fe Shooting

The bizarre comment points to an unwillingness to address the fundamental problem.

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As officials struggled to respond to the Santa Fe shooting in Texas on Friday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made comments that struck many as bizarre. While discussing ways to address the problem of gun violence going forward, Patrick focused extensively on the idea the schools' many entrances may make them too unsafe. 

"We may have to look at the design of our schools," he said. "And retrofitting schools that are already built. What I mean by that is that 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 at every entrance and exit."

Patrick did also acknowledge the fact that parents need to lock up any guns they own so that their children don't have access to them. The shooter in Santa Fe reportedly used his mother's gun in the attack. However, many gun safety advocates argue that the large number of guns owned by the American people, not how they're stored, in the primary reason for elevated levels of gun violence. 

And as activist Michael Skolnik pointed out on Twitter, shootings can happen anywhere in the country — concerts, schools, offices, homes. The problem isn't, in other words, the architectural design of our public spaces. The problem is the ubiquity of firearms.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.