May 20, 2018

IF ONLY THIS WERE THE BOTTOM:

Houston Police Chief Says He Has 'Hit Rock Bottom' on Gun Rights Arguments (Jacey Fortin and Matt Stevens, May 19, 2018, NY Times)

"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 wrote. "Please do not post anything about guns aren't the problem and there's little we can do. My feelings won't be hurt if you de-friend me and I hope yours won't be if you decide to post about your views and I de-friend you." [...]

In his Facebook post, which had elicited more than 16,000 reactions as of late Saturday, Chief Acevedo said the days after the shooting were a time for "the asking of God's forgiveness for our inaction." He specifically called out "the elected officials that ran to the cameras today, acted in a solemn manner, called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing."

"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," he wrote. "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."

Chief Acevedo, who took office in 2016, leads a department of more than 5,000 officers in the fourth-largest city in the United States. Under his direction, officers have rarely asked  detainees about their immigration status, despite a Texas immigration law that bans so-called sanctuary cities.

"Policing is all about relationships, and my job is, if these people are going to live in our city, is build those relationships," he said last year at The New York Times's Cities for Tomorrow conference. "We're taking the lead in the cities to try to make the best of really bad politics, really bad policy."

We're probably still a generation away from reasonable gun restrictions.



MORE:
Young People Keep Marching After Parkland, This Time to Register to Vote (Michael Tackett and Rachel Shorey, May 20, 2018, NY Times)

The pace of new voter registrations among young people in crucial states is accelerating, a signal that school shootings this year -- and the anger and political organizing in their wake -- may prove to be more than ephemeral displays of activism.

Posted by at May 20, 2018 7:44 AM

  

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