[Video] Austin, TX Police Chief Links “Gun Enthusiasts” to Recent Attempted Mass Shooting
You’d think everywhere in Texas is about as pro-gun as anywhere in the country. However, Austin is its own special place and the attitudes of politicians and appointed officials there reflect that.
Following a recent incident in which a man opened fire on the Austin Police station, the chief of the Austin Police Department, Art Acevedo, mentioned “gun enthusiasts” in the same breath as homegrown terrorists and the hate groups.
Here are the chief’s comments:
“And that’s why it’s important for us as Americans to know our neighbors, know our families — tell somebody.”
“If you know somebody that is acting with a lot of hatred towards any particular group- especially if it’s somebody you know is a gun enthusiast or is armed with these type of firearms and they’re showing any kind of propensity for hatred.
It doesn’t mean we’re going to take them to jail, but we might want to vet these people.”
I’m sure most Austin gun owners will not appreciate the extra scrutiny and public perception of them that could be created by these statements.
The statements were in response to Larry McQuilliams who opened fire on the Austin Police Deparment headquarters last week. McQuilliams was shot and killed by an officer from over 100 yards away, using a handgun, while holding two horses with her other hand.