AUSTIN, Texas -- The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary brought the country to its knees. In the months since the shooting, states have grappled with how to protect innocent lives from such events.
In Texas, proposing numerous legislation measures, some which passed opening the door for guns in schools.
"I recognize that these measures may sometimes be called controversial," explained Representative Jason Villaba. "But I want those protections for my children, and I want those protections for the rest of the parents in Texas."
Villaba cleared his school marshall bill, enlisting a confidential representative to have access to a weapon and be a last line of defense.
John Woods attended Virginia Tech when his girlfriend was gunned down.
"I think adding a weapon is going to incline those situations to be more deadly," said Woods, who is also a board member of "Texas Gun Sense," an anti-gun violence organization.
While he supports the second amendment, Woods believes bringing guns into a sacred place could further compromise public safety. That's something Susanna Hupp adamantly disagrees with. She lost her parents in a mass shooting at a Luby's Cafeteria.
"I want those teachers to be able to protect themselves and in turn those children," argues Susanna Hupp. "Let's get rid of gun-free zones."
While some Texas schools already allow weapons on the grounds, both sides agree the debate shouldn't be about a knee jerk reaction to unspeakable violence, rather a solution to keep everyone safe.
With Governor Perry calling a special session, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has urged the governor to add gun topics to the agenda.