Austin, TX — Following the tragic death of a Houston sergeant who was shot by a domestic abuser after responding to a police call, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo ripped into Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for their cowardly refusal to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
The Texas Democratic Party mourns the death of the officer who lost his life, and commends Chief Acevedo’s bravery to hold the cowardly Republican legislators accountable.
For partial coverage of Acevedo’s remarks, see below:
The Hill: “It’s downright disgusting that John Cornyn’s loyalty to the gun lobby comes before protecting the women who need added safety the most,” Texas Democratic Party spokesperson Brittany Switzer said in a statement to The Hill on Tuesday. “Every day, women’s lives are lost because of domestic abusers who should not have access to guns yet are able to get their hands on them. Texans deserve a senator who stands up to the NRA and the gun lobby, not one who continues to let women be murdered because they are too much of a coward to stand up for what’s right.”
Washington Post: “In blistering remarks to reporters outside the medical examiner’s office, Acevedo slammed Republican leaders for failing for months to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, specifically calling out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas for not supporting a provision that would prohibit dating partners convicted of domestic violence from possessing firearms — like Solis.”
Austin American-Statesman: “‘We all know in law enforcement that the one of the biggest reasons that the Senate and Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and others are not getting into a room and having a conference committee with the House and getting the Violence Against Women’s Act is because the NRA doesn’t like the fact that we want to take firearms out of the hands of boyfriends that abuse their girlfriends,’ Acevedo said at a news conference.”
More coverage of Acevedo’s statement and Texas Democrats’ response: