HOUSTON – His stance on gun law reform is coming under fire, but HPD Chief Art Acevedo says it won't stop him from speaking out. Acevedo has been vocal since Friday's shooting at Santa Fe High School, which he says motivated him to comment on Twitter about holding gun owners more responsible for their weapons. The message began by Acevedo speaking on his frustrations with those who were looking to divert the conversation from gun laws, when 10 lives were lost because of gun violence. “I know the majority of America is pragmatic and it's time that we take control of the narrative and drown out the extremes,” Acevedo said. As a gun owner himself, Acevedo tells us his intentions are not to limit
While I might agree with George McLean that guns are not the problem (“Undefended schools are natural targets,” Letters, May 22), McLean demonstrates a typical myopia espoused by many supporters of the National Rifle Association. Schools are indeed a soft target, and if we defend them, does he think the problem of innocent people dying at the hands of disturbed teens will go away? What about other soft targets, such as shopping malls, nursing homes, county fairs, day care centers, and Little League baseball games? The list is endless. We need to prevent teenage boys from gaining access to automatic weapons, and more important, we need to keep mentally disturbed people away from firearms of all
Less than three months ago, NRA spokesperson and radio host Dana Loesch was sparring with Parkland shooting survivors and a mother who had lost her child at a heated CNN town hall. On Tuesday, she was once again on television to respond to the latest school shooting, although this time she had a rather unusual proposal for stemming the epidemic of violence. Speaking on Fox & Friends, Loesch said "we need to make sure we are funding security measures" in schools, and to do that she suggested, "How about we take the half a billion dollars from Planned Parenthood and redirect that into making sure that our schools are secure, and that we have armed security and metal detectors?" Many advocates for
The U.S. gun lobby is taking aim at “gun-hating” banks after Citigroup Inc and Bank of America said they would no longer provide certain banking services to gun-makers, according to industry lobbyists. The attack by Gun Owners of America and the National Rifle Association (NRA) could imperil de-regulatory gains the banks had hoped to win from Republican lawmakers and regulators, many of whom are staunch defenders of the Second-Amendment right to bear arms, according to industry sources. In March, Citigroup put restrictions on new retail business clients which sell guns to require their customers to pass background checks, following February's Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people.
The NRA's news president is current Fox News Contributor Oliver North, but he is widely known for a Reagan-era scandal. Incoming National Rifle Association president Oliver North has already grabbed national attention for his take on the root causes of America's mass shooting problem after a Texas high school student killed 10 people in a bloody rampage. The retired Marine lieutenant colonel blamed a "culture of violence" for recent school shootings and implied that the prevalence of prescriptions such as Ritalin for young people could also be a factor during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. But in 2012, North worked as a promoter, script consultant and voice actor for the popular first-person-shooter
In an ugly coincidence, my wife handed me the letter while I watched Friday's news of the latest school shooting in Texas. The letter was another appeal to join the National Rifle Association, which as usual was made directly by Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA. This time LaPierre began: "Today, I'm sending out this "Final Notice" because gun owners like you and me need to stand together right now to defend our country and our freedoms." I wrote last year about a previous solicitation from the NRA and how its divisive rhetoric guarantees that I am one gun owner who will never join. The latest pitch sounded familiar, so I dug up the old letter and gave it another look. That
CLAIM The CEO of Wonder Bread has cut that company's ties with the NRA and other conservative companies. RATING ORIGIN On 21 May 2018, the Facebook page associated with the America's Last Line of Defense web site posted a meme asserting that the CEO of Flower Foods — the parent company of Wonder Bread, that quintessential brand of white American bread — had announced his company had “ceased dealing” with the NRA and “all other conservative companies”: Nothing about the meme was true: Flower Foods made no such announcement, and the CEO of that company is named Allen L. Shiver, not Lamont Cranston. (The latter is more famously known in popular culture as the mysterious fictional character who aids
A woman was found guilty Monday of spraying fake blood on the steps of the Alexandria, Va., home of National Rifle Association lobbyist Chris Cox in January. Patricia Hill, a sociology professor from Nebraska, was ordered to pay a $500 fine, not contact the Cox family, and stay 500 feet away from their home. If she does not comply, she could owe an additional $500. She is also under a temporary restraining order that bars her from Cox's wife's business and from NRA offices in Virginia and Washington, D.C. And on Monday after court, Hill was served with a warrant for an additional vandalism charge, stemming from a similar incident in October. “The motive here is that Mr. Cox works for the NRA;
When you write a piece about America's unique and uniquely deadly gun problem, as I have done many times for Esquire, you expect a few things to happen: gun-control people will applaud, gun-rights advocates will get upset, and your Twitter mentions will be a mess for a few days. But when, in the face of another school shooting, you write an angry one about how you've finally had it and now you want to take all the guns away—even if that piece ends up being pretty moderate when you actually look at it—a whole new series of events will happen. In case you're thinking about taking on such an endeavor, here are a few things to expect. Gun people will skip the “reading” part and go directly to the
The U.S. gun lobby is taking aim at “gun-hating” banks after Citigroup and Bank of America said they would no longer provide certain banking services to gunmakers, according to industry lobbyists. The attack by Gun Owners of America and the National Rifle Association could imperil regulatory gains the banks had hoped to win from Republican lawmakers and regulators, many of whom are staunch defenders of the Second Amendment right to bear arms, according to industry sources.
The National Rifle Association wants to make Friday's high school shooting in Texas all about building security. The killer at Santa Fe High School in Texas, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, used weapons that many Americans would regard as permissible with common-sense gun control.