Texas has a reputation as a gun-totin’, gun-lovin’ country — and for good reason .
The Lone Star State has more licensed pistol merchants than any other state in addition to some of the loosest gun laws in the nation. The National Rifle Association held its 2018 annual convention in Dallas, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has publicly stated, “I will sign whatever legislation reaches my desk that expands Second Amendment rights in Texas.”
But not all Texans are opposed to reasonable firearm legislation.
After the Santa Fe school shooting, Houston’s police chief shared a heartfelt Facebook post shutting down gun rights advocates .
Eight students and two educators were shot and killed by a gunman at Santa Fe High School, situated less than an hour outside of Houston on May 19, 2018. Police Chief Art Acevedo took to Facebook to share his thoughts.
“Today I expended the working day dealing with another mass shooting of children and a answering police officer who is clinging to life. I’m not ashamed to acknowledge I’ve shed tears of sadness, pain and fury, ” he began.
Then he spoke straight-out to gun rights advocates: “I know some have strong feelings about firearm 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 firearms aren’t the problem and there’s little we can do.”
Like many Americans, Acevedo seems to be fed up with people responding to the gunning down of children in their classrooms with defense of guns and tired debates that there’s nothing that is likely to be done.
He decried the “hatred being spewed in our country” then addressed the routine “thoughts and prayers” response from lawmakers.
” This isn’t a period for prayers, and examine and inaction, it’s a hour for prayers, action and the asking of God’s forgiveness for our inactivity ( especially the elected official that ran to the cameras today, acted in a solemn manner, called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing ). “
Take note, politicians: He is done with all the apathy. And he’s not alone.
We require more voices of authority and influence to speak out for reasonable gun legislation .
Acevado leads a department of five, 200 sworn law enforcement officers and 1,200 civilian supporting personnel in Houston. Before that, he resulted a department of 2,500 policemen and supporting personnels in Austin. As a highly visible, well-respected leader in law enforcement in one of the largest jurisdictions in America, he has more influence than most.
When people like Acevado speak, others will listen. And we need more of those people to make their voices heard in the ongoing debate on handgun violence in our nation.
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