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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Rickster
Rickster

GET THE HELL OUT ASSVEDO, POS

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?

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.

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?

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.