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Houston Police Chief Wonders When America Will ‘Stand Up’ Against Gun Violence

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

The Houston police chief wondered when America would finally “stand up” against gun violence in a Sunday tweet.

Police Chief Art Acevedo, a longtime supporter of gun control, implied that it was time for people to start solving gun violence in light of the Las Vegas shooting.

“When will we stand up & say enough? On this Sabbath Sunday I can say I’ve spoken out against gun violence, can you? If not now, then when?” Acevedo quote-tweeted an article from a The Washington Post story on the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white man, opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers in Las Vegas a week ago, killing over 50.

Acevedo argued that it wasn’t too soon for the nation to start trying to solve the issue of gun violence.

“To those that say it is too soon, I say it’s too late. We’ve failed thousands of families, of all ages, races, & faith. Stand up & be heard,” Acevedo tweeted.

Acevedo has previously called for stricter gun control laws in the form of universal background checks for all gun purchasers, closing gun show loopholes and better screening for mental health issues. Acevedo referred to gun violence “a health epidemic” in September.

“We have a health epidemic involving gun violence & this is priority? House GOP pushes to loosen gun rules – POLITICO” Acevedo tweeted.

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