Editor’s note: This report originally appeared on The Informed Conservative. In light of the ongoing push to restrict gun ownership, it is reprinted here with permission.
Following a tense standoff with a lone gunman in his city, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo shared his advice for preventing future threats. Judging from the response to his recent statements, it appears the lawman is at odds with a large portion of gun rights advocates in his city and beyond.
He advised Austin residents to let police know about anyone “who’s a gun enthusiast or is armed with these types of firearms” and who demonstrate “any type of propensity for hatred.”
Acevedo attempted to mitigate any fallout by acknowledging that turning over gun owners to the police “doesn’t mean that we’re going to take them to jail,” revealing only that authorities “might want to vet these people.”
Nevertheless, outraged critics were quick to point out the potential for abuse inherent in the pursuit of his instruction.
@ArtAcevedo wants to vet gun enthusiasts ….you know like the Nazis vetted the Jews or Stalin vetted those that he killed. Austin be proud
— Conservative (@tricky223) December 4, 2014