Houston police chief: We need people to start using the ballot box to take action on gun control

Houston police chief: We need people to start using the ballot box to take action on gun control
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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said on Sunday that voters need to use the ballot box to achieve change on gun control in the wake of the deadly shooting at a Santa Fe high school last week. 

"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 told CBS's Margaret Brennan on "Face the Nation." 

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"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," he added. 

Acevedo aired his frustrations on Facebook on Saturday over the Santa Fe shooting. 

"Today I spent the day dealing with another mass shooting of children and a responding police officer who is clinging to life. I'm not ashamed to admit I've shed tears of sadness, pain and anger," he said. 

"I know some have strong feelings about gun rights, but I want you to know I've hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue," he continued. 

Acevedo's comments come after a gunman killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE addressed the shooting at the White House, telling reporters that the attack was "absolutely horrific."

“This has been going on too long in our country, too many years, too many decades now,” Trump said.

“My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others,” he added.