In the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting, former Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, who now runs the Houston Police Department, called for action to combat gun violence on his Facebook page Friday night.
“I will continue to speak up and will stand up for what my heart and my God commands me to do,” Acevedo wrote. “And I assure you he hasn’t instructed me to believe that gun rights are bestowed by Him.”
He said that he has hit “rock bottom” on the issue and told people on Facebook, “I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue. Please do not post anything about guns aren’t the problem and there’s little we can do.”
Earlier Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he plans on starting roundtables with community members and all interested parties to begin “swift solutions.”
“We want to hear from parents, from students, from educators, from concerned students, from those who hold Second Amendment rights,” Abbott said. “We want to hear from everybody who has an interest in what happened today. To work together on putting together laws that will protect Second Amendment rights but at the same time ensure our communities and our schools are safer places.”
Abbott outlined items such as better background checks and implementing ways to keep firearms out of people who pose an immediate danger. He also mentioned making sure schools have the resources needed for safety personnel and resources to address mental health.
Acevedo’s Facebook post did not outline specific actions he supports taking. But he said that there has been gridlock on the issue.
“This isn’t a time for prayers, and study and Inaction,” Acevedo said. “It’s a time for prayers, action and the asking of God’s forgiveness for our inaction (especially the elected officials that ran to the cameras today, acted in a solemn manner, called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing).”
Read Acevedo’s full post below: