American voters must ensure they hit the voting booths to force change on U.S. gun laws, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Sunday, because elected officials across the country are shirking their responsibility to enact meaningful gun law reform.
Acevedo’s remarks came on the heels of America’s sixteenth school shooting so far this year, in which a 17-year-old gunman killed 10 people and injured 10 more when he opened fire at Santa Fe High School on Friday.
"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 told CBS's Margaret Brennan on "Face the Nation."
"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," he added.
Acevedo also lamented the loss of life in a Facebook post on Saturday, saying he has “hit rock bottom” and is no longer interested in hearing the views of those who oppose reevaluating the country’s gun laws.
"Today I spent the day dealing with another mass shooting of children and a responding police officer who is clinging to life. I'm not ashamed to admit I've shed tears of sadness, pain and anger," he said.
"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," he continued.