Austin, TX Police Chief Art Acevedo spoke recently at a press conference about a shooting that happened in downtown Austin, TX, and what he said might leave you scratching your head.
In case you missed it, here’s what happened. According to My Fox Austin, Larry Steven McQuilliams went on a shooting rampage in Austin on November 28, allegedly firing over 100 rounds at various downtown buildings before being shot by Austin PD. Thankfully, I haven’t read of any injuries from the incident. After some investigation, Federal and local officials are labeling the shooter anti-government, and saying he was a member of a religious extremist group.
Enter Police Chief Acevedo, and his press conference comments:
…it’s way too easy for people to use straw purchasers and get these kind of guns in their hands…we still hope that at some point we’ll have universal background checks in this country.
…if you know somebody that is acting [peculiar], acting with a lot of hatred toward any particular group, especially if you know they are someone that’s a gun enthusiast, or is armed with these type of firearms and they’re showing any type of propensity for hatred, it doesn’t mean we are going to go in and take them to jail, but we might want to vet these people…
Perhaps I’m overreacting, but I find these remarks troubling. On the surface they “would seem like wisdom but for the warning of my heart” to quote one of my favorite authors. This is the slippery slope that I worry about. Perhaps it starts with good intentions, but where it leads is not a place we want to go. Universal background checks, turn in your neighbors if they are acting funny and own guns, police need to vet these types of people…this is how it starts.
Mr. Acevedo, you say you want to protect the Second Amendment, so let me fill you in on how it works since you don’t seem to understand: we don’t need a permission slip from our ruling class in order to own guns. Self-defense is a God-given right, PROTECTED, not granted, by the US Constitution.
Watch the press conference below.