Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo: Vote out politicians only “offering prayers” after shootings

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo slammed elected officials for inaction on the state and federal level in response to repeated shootings at schools across the country. His comments come in the wake of the latest school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas which left 10 people dead.

  • Transcript: Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo on “Face the Nation” 

Appearing on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Acevedo said that political leaders are failing to heed the will of the voters when it comes to gun regulations and reforms.

“Let me tell you, 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 said. “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.”

Acevedo added that “local governments are starting to make a difference” by enacting their own reforms. 

“I think that the American people, gun owners — the vast majority of which are pragmatic and actually support gun sense and gun reform in terms of keeping guns in the right hands,” Acevedo said. 

Acevedo posted on Facebook that he had “hit rock bottom” and “shed tears of sadness, pain and anger” over the Texas killings. The post went viral in the days after the shooting.

On Sunday, he said that one policy to consider would be stronger laws mandating proper security of guns in private homes. According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the suspect used a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver which his father owned legally. Abbott told reporters that he didn’t know whether the father was aware his son had obtained the weapons.

“If you have firearms in your home and you do not secure them and you don’t secure them in a manner that can preclude someone from grabbing them and taking them and carrying out this carnage, [there] is a criminal liability that attaches,” Acevedo suggested. 

He added, “I believe that anyone that owns a firearm that doesn’t secure it properly [and it] ends up in the wrong hands and used to kill innocent people, that that should carry some significant consequences. We need to think about that on the national level across this country.”

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo: Vote out politicians only “offering prayers” after shootings

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo slammed elected officials for inaction on the state and federal level in response to repeated shootings at schools across the country. His comments come in the wake of the latest school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas which left 10 people dead.

  • Transcript: Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo on “Face the Nation” 

Appearing on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Acevedo said that political leaders are failing to heed the will of the voters when it comes to gun regulations and reforms.

“Let me tell you, 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 said. “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.”

Acevedo added that “local governments are starting to make a difference” by enacting their own reforms. 

“I think that the American people, gun owners — the vast majority of which are pragmatic and actually support gun sense and gun reform in terms of keeping guns in the right hands,” Acevedo said. 

Acevedo posted on Facebook that he had “hit rock bottom” and “shed tears of sadness, pain and anger” over the Texas killings. The post went viral in the days after the shooting.

On Sunday, he said that one policy to consider would be stronger laws mandating proper security of guns in private homes. According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the suspect used a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver which his father owned legally. Abbott told reporters that he didn’t know whether the father was aware his son had obtained the weapons.

“If you have firearms in your home and you do not secure them and you don’t secure them in a manner that can preclude someone from grabbing them and taking them and carrying out this carnage, [there] is a criminal liability that attaches,” Acevedo suggested. 

He added, “I believe that anyone that owns a firearm that doesn’t secure it properly [and it] ends up in the wrong hands and used to kill innocent people, that that should carry some significant consequences. We need to think about that on the national level across this country.”

The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint dies aged 49 | Ents & Arts News | Sky News

The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint has died, aged 49.

The star, famous for hits with the band including Firestarter, Breathe and Out Of Space and known for his energetic performances, was found this morning at his home in Essex.

The band said in a statement: “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint.

Keith Flint in 1996

“A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed.

“We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”

Keith Flint
Keith Flint in 2014

The cause of Flint’s death is not yet known.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday March 4.

“We attended and sadly a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

An East of England Ambulance spokeswoman said: “We were called at 8.08am with reports of a man who was unconscious in Brook Hill, Dunmow.

“Sadly a man in his forties died at the scene.”

LONDON - OCTOBER 10:  Noel Gallagher and Keith Flint pose in the awards room after Oasis win the Peoples Choice and Best Album award for "Don't Believe The Truth", and The Prodigy win the Q Innovation In Sound award at The Q Awards, the annual magazine's music awards, at Grosvenor House on October 10, 2005 in London, England.  (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Noel Gallagher;Keith Flint

The Prodigy emerged from the underground rave scene of the early 1990s, hitting the top 10 with singles including Charly, Out Of Space, No Good (Start The Dance) and Poison from their first two albums, Experience and Music For The Jilted Generation.

Keith Flint, Speedway session at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2013

Flint, who was always instantly recognisable for his spiked hair and unique style, was initially a dancer with the band before moving to sing on Firestarter and Breathe – the singles from their third album, The Fat Of The Land, which propelled them into the mainstream.

Both the singles and the album topped the charts, achieving multiplatinum sales.

Six of their seven albums reached number one, with their last, No Tourists, released in November last year, and they are estimated to have sold about 30 million records across the world.

Keith Flint, Maxim and Liam Howlett in 2005
The Prodigy performing in 2009

Ed Simons, of The Chemical Brothers, is among those paying tribute, tweeting: “Oh gosh, so sad to hear about Keith Flint, he was always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and I when we first started doing shows together.. great man.”

Oh gosh, so sad to hear about Keith Flint, he was always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and I when we first started doing shows together..great man.

— ed simons (@eddychemical)

Devastating news about Kieth Flint! Absolute Hero! So sad! So very sad!

— matt willis (@mattjwillis)

Very sad to hear about Keith Flint , he was a real sweet guy and one hell of a showman. My heart goes out to his loved ones and family and of course his musical family and bandmates . X

— simone marie (@simonemarie4)

Electronic music duo Chase and Status, who have shared festival bills with The Prodigy, tweeted: “Absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news that the legend Keith Flint from @the_prodigy has passed away.

“Our thoughts & condolences are with all his friends and family. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Keith and the life changing music they made and championed. RIP.”

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Pranked Them All: Banksy Reveals How He Rehearsed The Art-Shredding “Balloon Girl” Painting!

Street artist Banksy has posted a new video about the shredding of his famous Girl With Balloon painting, implying that it was supposed to have been completely destroyed in the prank. Onlookers at a Sotheby’s auction earlier this month were left gobsmacked when, just moments after selling to a European collector for more than £1m, the famous artwork self-destructed, with the bottom half reduced to strips dangling from the bottom of the frame. Posted By Persist