Houston’s police chief ripped politicians for failing to act on gun control, saying he’d “hit rock bottom” on the issue, after eight students and two teachers were
In a statement on Facebook — posted ten hours after Dimitrios Pagourtis allegedly opened fire at Santa Fe High School Friday — Chief Art Acevedo that he’d “shed tears of sadness, pain and anger” over the shooting 37 miles from Houston.
“I know some of you 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,” Acevedo wrote. “Please do not post anything about guns aren’t the problem and there’s little we can do.”
Acevedo specifically called out elected officials for “running to the cameras” to wish ‘thoughts and prayers,’ but not acting to prevent future school shootings.
“This isn’t a time for prayers, 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.”
Though Acevedo didn’t specify what kind of change he’d want to see enacted, he pledged to keep speaking out on the topic.
“I have never accepted the status-quo in anything I do and I’ve never accepted defeat. And I won’t do it now,” he wrote. “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,” he added.
Acevedo was named Houston’s top cop by Mayor Sylvester Turner in 2016, after spending a decade at the helm of Austin’s police department.
This isn’t the first time he’s spoken out about mass shootings. After the Las Vegas massacre last year he tweeted: “When will we stand up & say enough. We’ve failed thousands of families of all ages, races and faith. Stand up and be heard.”
31 people have died in school shootings so far this year, .