On May 18th, 2018 a twisted-evil individual walked into a Santa Fe Texas high school and started shooting innocent students. The evil and depravity is clear and doubtless. It is understandable such a senseless act would generate emotional reactions which range the political spectrum. In a time of crisis what is not needed is for high-level government officials to respond in emotional ways. Government officials seizing upon a tragedy to push their own political agenda is sadly the norm. However, the Houston Police Cheif has taken political capitalization to a new sick level when he took to Facebook; and I quote:
“…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. 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 (sic) your views and I de-friend you...” (emphasis added).
Regardless of your views on firearms, I would hope all reasonable people can agree on one thing: A police chief stating he does not want to hear opposing views from the public he serves is disturbing. A police chief is supposed to enforce the laws. A police chief serves the public; even those who share views he is “…not interested in…” It is fine for anyone to have an opinion, but when a highly ranked government official advocates for major policy/legal changes then shuns out anyone who may upset his “rock bottom” emotional state is only adding to an already disturbing situation. Ignoring and casting aside a sizeable percent of the public you are sworn to serve causes great concern in your ability to effectively lead.
In the same post, Chief Acevedo goes on to explain his opinion that the 2nd Amendment (“gun rights”) is not bestowed by his God.
“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.” (emphasis added).
Setting aside the hubris of assuming to know the mind of God, let’s pause for a second to marvel at the implication… Most holy books are silent on gun rights. However, most holy books seem to frown upon freedom of speech (i.e. “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13:17). Point being, Chief Acevedo seems content with casting aside the 2nd Amendment because it is not bestowed by divinity; can we thus infer when he commands those he disagrees with to shut up that he would be equally content with the 1st Amendment being cut down a peg or two? Of course, Chief Acevedo seems to clearly miss the point the Bill of Rights was designed and intended to be secular but those who understand the history will easily see the irony at play.
So here we have in Chief Acevedo a police chief who is essentially telling a large percentage of the population he serves to essentially just “shut up.” This type of behavior should not be allowed to stand. Please share and let’s make sure that no matter the issue, no matter the views, everyone has the right to express their views to our civic leaders.