Houston Police Chief Testifies Before Congress In Favor Of Gun Control

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo testified in support of more gun control at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

Washington, DC – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo called gun violence "one of our greatest public health epidemics” as he testified at a gun control hearing before Congress on Wednesday.

"I believe the legislation will save at least one life and if it's my child who dies, I want him to know and I want God to know that I was here today speaking on that life," Chief Acevedo told members of the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 6.

The chief, who is also president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, testified beside students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and staff were gunned down in a senseless massacre on Feb. 14, 2018.

Chief Acevedo asked lawmakers to use common sense to balance Second Amendment protections, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The chief referred to what he called “almost regular mass shootings” in the United States and told the judiciary committee that it was time to strengthen universal background checks.

He also called on Congress to provide more funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and give the police “red flag” laws as a tool to remove guns from people that judges feel could present a danger to themselves or others, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“Doing nothing is not acceptable,” he said. “Our sons, our daughters, our children, our family members, our police officers are being shot, killed, and maimed and I would urge Congress to do something this term. It’s our time to make a difference because our streets, our neighborhoods are truly drowning in the blood of our victims and the tears of their loved ones.

Last year, Congress put more money into school safety and improved compliance with the federal background check system, but they did not consider any sweeping gun control legislation.

The gun control issue was raised again after four Houston police officers were shot during a narcotics warrant service on Jan. 28.

The suspects, 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle and his wife, 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas, were killed after shooting officers when they made entrance to the house.

None of the police officers were killed, although two were hit in the face, and one remains hospitalized in serious condition.

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GODHELPUSALL
GODHELPUSALL

And how would this universal back ground check stopped this???

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

He must be planning to run for office as a Democrat. What a douche bag.

Jetpilot
Jetpilot

OK, this guy is a liberal loon and needs to go.

USNavyCorpsmanVet
USNavyCorpsmanVet

This guy isn't a cop, he spells it "communist." He might be serving as a police chief, but it's obvious he's never served this country. If he did, he forgot what for. He's a disgrace to his badge and the constitution of the United States!

FrogHill
FrogHill

Fuck this traveling circus named Chief Assholevedo and FUCK ALL COMMUNISTS

negolien
negolien

So if banning one illegal save's lives....

RPG156
RPG156

He is also chief of the Mexican Apologist Asshat Haberdashery...

RPG156
RPG156

Universal Background Checks ≠ Common Sense Gun Control

Ryerver
Ryerver

Is always sad to lose one life but politicians have to concern themselves with all lifes and govern with common sense. Send this snowflake back to East California ( Austin) or all the way back to California. We have no use for him here

Woobie46
Woobie46

He's a Commie-pinko and should be put out on the street with the rest of the trash. What a little bitch

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Better gun control = safer policemen. It means that more officers get to go home at the ends of their shifts (or after they work a bit of overtime for some extra pay)!

Old was fuzz
Old was fuzz

Comes from LEFT coast. Retired (?) CHP.

LPD133
LPD133

If he thinks the felons who shot his officers would have been affected by gun control, he only needs to visit Chicago. That town has the toughest gun control laws in the country while regularly experiencing over 2 dozen shootings on weekends. Chief, if you want to be a politician, go to a Blue state and run for office - you certainly have the makings of a great CA house rep. . . like that's something to be proud of.

unholyone
unholyone

The chief is a self-serving egomaniac. He can't control the violence in his city, so he goes for the convenient excuse, "gun control." When the real problem is people with no respect for anything, or "people control." Get prosecutors to stop reducing charges, especially gun charges, and demanding increased sentencing. Demand judges give tougher sentences for violent crimes. Get legislators to spend more money for prisons and personnel to staff them. Today, it's too easy to be a criminal if you don't care about your reputation. I could go on, but......

OldCoastie
OldCoastie

This is the guy who was Chief in Austin TX who wanted people to call in and report neighbors who had firearms. He also marched in favor of ANTIFA. There's a reason he got run out of Austin and it was a huge mistake for Houston to pick him up.

gbjmc3
gbjmc3

Another old Coastie says "ditto". Acevedo will likely try to leapfrog to a non law enforcement role soon. Good riddance!

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

I'm not against taking everyone guns but it should be was easier to get then out of the hands of crazy people and stop crazy people from getting them in the first place.

Captain Wellhead
Captain Wellhead

Make it mandatory that everyone over 21 carry a hand gun and we won't need tougher laws. Those laws only affect legal gun carriers, those people he is talking about bought theirs on the street.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

When a police chief uses the words "common sense" when speaking on gun control, my spine starts to quiver from memories of administrations past. This "Police Chief" has absolutely no grasp of history, current gun violence statistics which are readily available to him as a LEO and prove he's wrong in his assertions and an idiot to boot! Kids died at Majory Stoneman Douglas. I'm not discounting that whatsoever. This was hardly the worst mass shooting in our nations history but the Chief is giving a skewed OPINION and not quoting stone cold FACTS. These politicians will believe anything you tell them if you tell them long enough or pay them enough money to take your side. That's just the way it is. If you think they work for us and have our best interests at heart you're kidding yourself. There are enough enforcable good laws on the books for law abiding citizens who don't run around shooting up god and creation, we don't need anymore and criminals don't follow the laws anyhow so why make it tougher on the good guys?

NFPD103
NFPD103

How could this guy even claim to be informed on the subject with his head so far up his own ass. He is well past his usefulness as an informed and street wise law enforcement officer. Retire already you hack.

zoso
zoso

Acevedo is prob in favor of making retired LE exempt from laws that infringe upon rights of regular folk. Isn't this the boss of dept that just killed a man and his wife, in one of those 'no-knock' assaults... with cameras turned off?

Rickster
Rickster

GET THE HELL OUT ASSVEDO, POS