Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo called on voters to use the ballot box to achieve change on gun control in the wake of the deadly shooting at a Santa Fe high school last week.
“People at the state level and the federal level in too many places in our country are not doing anything other than offering prayers,” Acevedo told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation.”
“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 added.
"People at the state level and the federal level in too many places in our country are not doing anything other than offering prayers." Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo slams elected officials for inaction in response to repeated school shootings. https://t.co/Jn7KKy8Xxy pic.twitter.com/wDbmcKLVbB
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 20, 2018
Acevedo took to Facebook on Saturday to voice his frustrations over the Santa Fe shooting.
“Today I spent the day dealing with another mass shooting of children and a responding police officer who is clinging to life. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve shed tears of sadness, pain and anger,” he said.
“I know some 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,” he continued.
Acevedo’s remarks come days after a gunman killed 10 people, and injured 10 others at Santa Fe High School.