Following a mass shooting in May at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, that killed 10 people, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo gained national attention for writing an impassioned Facebook post demanding action on gun control.Jacey Fortin and Matt Stevens, “Houston Police Chief Says He Has ‘Hit Rock Bottom’ on Gun Rights Arguments,” New York Times, May 19, 2018.
Several months later, Acevedo co-authored an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle with Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Chief Thomas Manger; Anthony Bennet, pastor of Mount Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut; and David Lyon, senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Houston.Art Acevedo, Anthony Bennett, Thomas Manger and David Lyon, “Police Chiefs, Clergy to Gunmaker: Cut Shootings by Making Guns Safer [Opinion],” Houston Chronicle, September 24, 2018. The commentary asked America’s leading gun manufacturer, American Outdoor Brands Corporation (AOBC), which produces Smith & Wesson guns, to develop and implement a comprehensive safety plan to stem the national gun violence epidemic. The New York City Police Department has collected data showing that AOBC is the largest supplier of guns used in crimes in both New York City and Chicago. New York City Police Department, “Top Manufacturers of NYC Crime Guns.”