What started with a pained Facebook post by Houston Police after Chief Art Acevedo Friday’s school shooting has escalated into a full-on war of words on Twitter with the National Rifle Association.
What started with a pained Facebook post by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo after Friday’s school shooting has escalated into a full-on war of words with the nation’s gun lobby, the Houston Chronicle reports. Hours after a gunman killed 10 people and wounded 13 others, Acevedo tweeted his frustration, excoriating elected officials for failing “to enact common sense statutes & policies & continue to fail our families & especially our children.” Acevedo’s frustrated cry — followed by a Facebook post where he said he’d hit “rock bottom” and told people they could unfriend him if they thought guns weren’t a problem — was met with reaction from the National Rifle Association and prominent conservatives.
Acevedo has engaged in a running Twitter battle with the NRA’s Dana Loesch and Grant Stinchfield, accusing them of deliberately mischaracterizing his comments and suggesting reforms that he said he could reduce gun violence. “The ‘party of law enforcement’ may not care, but you know what? They’re not the ones burying our officers,” Acevedo said. He called for a “comprehensive approach” to rein in gun violence, including a national standard for background checks before all sales. He backs “real consequences” for buyers and sellers trying to circumvent such checks, strict mental health requirements to notify law enforcement agencies if someone is a potential threat, and stricter requirements for storing firearms. Harris County, Tx., Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Juan Perez, Miami police director, supported Acevedo on Twitter.