Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo: Vote out politicians only “offering prayers” after shootings

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo slammed elected officials for inaction on the state and federal level in response to repeated shootings at schools across the country. His comments come in the wake of the latest school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas which left 10 people dead.

  • Transcript: Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo on “Face the Nation” 

Appearing on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Acevedo said that political leaders are failing to heed the will of the voters when it comes to gun regulations and reforms.

“Let me tell you, 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 said. “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.”

Acevedo added that “local governments are starting to make a difference” by enacting their own reforms. 

“I think that the American people, gun owners — the vast majority of which are pragmatic and actually support gun sense and gun reform in terms of keeping guns in the right hands,” Acevedo said. 

Acevedo posted on Facebook that he had “hit rock bottom” and “shed tears of sadness, pain and anger” over the Texas killings. The post went viral in the days after the shooting.

On Sunday, he said that one policy to consider would be stronger laws mandating proper security of guns in private homes. According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the suspect used a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver which his father owned legally. Abbott told reporters that he didn’t know whether the father was aware his son had obtained the weapons.

“If you have firearms in your home and you do not secure them and you don’t secure them in a manner that can preclude someone from grabbing them and taking them and carrying out this carnage, [there] is a criminal liability that attaches,” Acevedo suggested. 

He added, “I believe that anyone that owns a firearm that doesn’t secure it properly [and it] ends up in the wrong hands and used to kill innocent people, that that should carry some significant consequences. We need to think about that on the national level across this country.”

Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the Jackalope Rut in Wyoming

Check out these extremely rare photographs of two rutting jackalope bucks fighting each other for breeding rights.

While other seasons are starting to heat up around the U.S., many forget the jackalope rut has started in Wyoming. This year is looking like it will be a record year for jackalope hunting!

While they are normally an elusive species, these shy creatures throw caution to the wind at the start of the jackalope rut, which occurs between the end of snipe season and the beginning of the unicorn rut.

If you’re lucky enough to have a jackalope tag, the jackalope rut is an ideal time to bag a great trophy buck.

This hunter managed to capture these incredible, close-range photographs of two rutting jackalope near Cody, Wyoming.

With the jackalope rut going full-bore, sights like this one will be much more common everywhere jackalope are found.

Jackalope bucks are known to be pretty aggressive, especially during the jackalope rut. This photographer was extremely lucky to get close enough to take these photographs without being attacked!

Both of those bucks are pretty nice, but the one on the left (above) is outstanding. He’ll make the Boone & Crockett record book for sure. I’d probably give the one on the right another year.

I’m sure there was an unseen jackalope doe in heat nearby that was the prize of this brutal fight.

Just like with deer, the jackalope rut often starts earlier up north than it does in southern states, so jackalope hunters in Texas might have to wait a couple more weeks before seeing activity like this.

Anyone seeing signs of the jackalope rut starting where you live?

Like what you see here? You can read more great hunting articles by John McAdams on his hunting blog. Follow him on Twitter @TheBigGameHunt.

Father And Son Take The Same Photo For 27 Years And Saved The Best For Last

Father And Son Take The Same Photo For 27 Years Except For The Last One


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Through The Years

As a little girl, my dad and I used to chat as he’d tuck me into bed at night. I can still remember him telling me that, as you get older, time starts to fly by. Of course, I couldn’t understand then just how true his words were.

But now that I’m older, with kids of my own that are growing like little weeds, I hear his words replaying in my head often.

The man below must have also had a heads up that time would start rapidly picking up speed once he became a father. So, for 27 years, he and his son locked each year into a photo. Same basic pose, same 2 men. The only thing that changed in the images was the natural progression of aging that God had created for them. And it’s pretty amazing to behold.

But the change that took place in the final picture had my heart in my throat…

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How beautiful it was to watch this father and son grow over time, photo by photo. With everything that must have been going on in between the years, it’s awesome that both men made a point to always come together for this annual photo. And I can only imagine how excited they must have been when their series of 2 generation pictures grew to 3!

“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16

15 pictures of grandpas bonding with their grandchildren!

25 Amazing Photos from Hajj 1953

Catch a glimpse of how it was like to perform Hajj in 1953. Though this was only just over 60 years ago, a lot has changed mainly due to the increase in the number of pilgrims going to perform Hajj.

Many pilgrims would travel to Makkah via a ferry or a ship, in those days commercial air travel was still in its early stages and it was not as widely available as it is today.

For those who could afford it, they would embark on their journey on board small planes from nearby countries.

Like today, coaches and buses would be used to transport pilgrims from place to place.

Muslims are only allowed to enter the places to perform Hajj.

Homes and hotels can be seen outside of the sacred mosque’s perimeter. Much of these historical buildings have had to be demolished to make way for the mosque’s expansion.

A busy street in Makkah. An Ottoman style minaret can be seen.

One of the entrances to the Masjid Al Haram.

Worshippers outside the Mosque’s entrance.

The Ka’ba and the Mataf area. There were no other floors back then.

A close up view of the Ka’ba.

Worshippers were able to enter the Ka’ba.

Performing Tawaf was easier as it was not as crowded as it is today.

Markets and stalls near the Masjid Al Haram

Horse and carriage were used as a means of transport.

Pilgrims were able to choose the animals they wanted for Udhiyyah/Qurbani.

Pilgrims would keep their livestock with them during their Hajj.

Donkeys were used to transport carcasses of sacrificial animals.

In Mina, food would be cooked using fire and stove.

Pilgrims pray near their camels.

Tents can be seen pitched in Arafah next to mount Arafah.

The Jamarat used to be small pillars which would be stoned symbolising stoning of the devil.

A pilgrim has his hair shaved.

Pilgrims keep themselves cool by drinking ice cold fizzy drinks.

Photos courtesy of the National Geographic Magazine

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