As details of the school shooting in Kentucky claiming the lives of two 15-year-olds continue to surface, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo called legislators’ silence on the issue of gun control “deafening.”
“Is it too soon to talk about gun violence today?” Acevedo asked on Twitter. “Or do we wait for the 12th school shooting of the year, or 13th or 20th? When is it time to address this epidemic in a pragmatic manner?”
Acevedo has said his department respects the Second Amendment right to bear arms, but wants to keep guns out of the hands of people who would use them to harm others.
Acevedo also spoke out after the shooting in Las Vegas last year — the deadliest so far in our nation’s history — calling out Congress for trying to pass legislation that would have reportedly made gun control laws less rigid, according to Telemundo.
But Houston’s police chief isn’t the only one angry about the alarming proliferation of gun violence in America, particularly in schools; the Kentucky shooting is the eleventh school shooting this year.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords echoed Acevedo’s sentiments on Twitter. Speaking as a victim of gun violence, Giffords said in a statement, “We know how to solve this problem. Congress can protect our kids in their classrooms, in the cafeteria, and on the playground – but to do that they must strengthen our gun laws.”
In addition to the two children killed in Kentucky, 17 were injured by a 15-year-old who will be tried as an adult and charged with murder and attempted murder, according to the Marshall County prosecutor’s office.