Houston Top Cop Demands Congress Act on Guns

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Houston police chief Art Acevedo urged Congress to act on the issue of gun violence at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, saying “our streets, our neighborhoods are truly drowning in the blood of our victims and in the tears of their loved ones,” The Washington Post reports. He called gun violence “arguably one of the greatest public health epidemics facing the nation everyone in this room loves and serves” and said “Chiefs of police and sheriffs join the victims in asking you to act now to prevent one more death and bloodshed.”

Feb. 14 will mark the first anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fl., which claimed 17 lives and sparked a youth-led movement for gun control. Several young gun-control activists from the March For Our Lives movement attended the hearing. Democrats have made gun-control legislation a priority this session and last month unveiled a bill aimed at strengthening background checks on gun sales and transfers. See also: Parkland One Year Later: Lessons for the Media

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