Houston Police Chief Pushes Gun Control In Front of Congress

Earlier this week the House Judiciary Committee had a hearing to address gun violence in America and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo was there (and She-Jack was too).

During the 6 hour hearing Acevedo said “one of the greatest public health epidemics facing the nation.”

Is that true? Not exactly.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the five leading causes of death in America are heart disease, cancer, strokes, chronic lower respiratory diseases (asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema) and good-ol'-fashion accidents.  About two-thirds (63%) of deaths in the US were caused by these five things.

So what percentage of Americans die from gunshot wounds? Less than 3% per year, which is still tragic, but Art Avocado isn't exactly being hones

Even still, Acevedo is pushing Congress to pass a red flag law that would tighten background checks. He saves it will be worth it to pass the law even if it only saves one life.

Is there any proof that stricter background checks would lower mass shooting incidents or other forms of gun

No, but it sounds good.  

And isn't that all that matters? 


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