HOUSTON — Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo slammed political inaction following the mass murders in Santa Fe. The chief wasn’t selective as he called out elected state and federal officials for not doing enough in the wake of recent mass shootings.
On Friday, Chief Acevedo took to Facebook criticizing elected officials and said he had “hit rock bottom” and “shed tears of sadness, pain and anger” after the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School that killed 10.
This was the message from the chief:
To all my Facebook friends. Today I spent the day dealing with another mass shooting of children and a responding police officer who is clinging to life. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve shed tears of sadness, pain and anger.
I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue. Please do not post anything about guns aren’t the problem and there’s little we can do. My feelings won’t be hurt if you de-friend me and I hope yours won’t be if you decide to post about your views and I de-friend you.
I have never accepted the status-quo in anything I do and I’ve never accepted defeat. And I won’t do it now. I will continue to speak up and will stand up for what my heart and my God commands me to do, and I assure you he hasn’t instructed me to believe that gun-rights are bestowed by him.
The hatred being spewed in our country and the new norms we, so-called people of faith are accepting, is as much to blame for so much of the violence in our once pragmatic Nation.
This isn’t a time for prayers, and study and Inaction, it’s a time for prayers, action and the asking of God’s forgiveness for our inaction (especially the elected officials that ran to the cameras today, acted in a solemn manner, called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing).
I close by saying, I wish those that move on from this page the best. May God Bless you and keep you.
Acevedo told Face the Nation Sunday that political leaders are not listening to voters when it comes to gun regulations and reforms.
“Let me tell you, people at the state level and the federal level in too many places in our country are not doing anything other than offering prayers,” Acevedo said. “We need to start using the ballot box and ballot initiatives to take the matters out of the hands of people that are doing nothing that are elected into the hands of the people to see that the will of the people in this country is actually carried out.”
Moreover, Acevedo added that one policy lawmakers should consider would be a stronger law that mandates proper security of firearms in a living environments. Gov. Greg Abbott said the suspect in Friday’s shooting used a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver that belonged to his father, reported CBS News.
“If you have firearms in your home and you do not secure them and you don’t secure them in a manner that can preclude someone from grabbing them and taking them and carrying out this carnage, [there] is a criminal liability that attaches,” Acevedo suggested.
Bill Bratton, the former police commissioner, NYC; chief, LAPD; police commissioner, Boston tweeted in support of Acevedo.
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) May 21, 2018
Furthermore, Chief Acevedo said local governments are beginning to make a difference by taking matters into their hands and enacting reforms.
“I think that the American people, gun owners—the vast majority of which are pragmatic and actually support gun sense and gun reform in terms of keeping guns in the right hands,” the chief said.
This isn’t the first time Acevedo has spoken out on this issue. Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Acevedo also took to social media and said inaction on gun control has “failed thousands of families.”
“When will we stand up and say enough?” Acevedo said in October.
When will we stand up & say enough? On this Sabbath Sunday I can say I've spoken out against gun violence, can you? If not now, then when? https://t.co/4hGBab6k7Z
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) October 8, 2017