Houston Police Chief Slams Lawmakers’ Inaction On Guns, Empty Condolences

on September 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that lawmakers are ignoring the will of the “vast majority” of the American people by refusing to pass reasonable gun control legislation and that voters should punish them at the ballot box during a Sunday appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

“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,” he said, according to a local CBS affiliate. “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.

“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,” he continued.

Acevedo appeared on the Sunday show after writing a viral Facebook post about his despair in the wake of the Friday shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas that left at least 10 dead.

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