Following the homegrown terrorist attack on the Mexican Consulate in Texas, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo gave a press conference on the developments in the case. Acevedo told the press:
“Let me tell you what keeps me up at night, it’s these guys. It’s these homegrown extremists that are lone wolfs, that are mad at the world, that are angry. And that’s why it’s important for us as Americans to know our neighbors, know our families, tell somebody.”
“If you know somebody that is acting with a lot hatred towards any particular group, especially if you know somebody who is a gun enthusiast or armed with these type of firearms, and they are showing any type of propensity for hatred doesn’t mean we are going to take them to jail. But we might want to vet these people.”
Acevedo added that if more people would have paid attention to the suspect’s behavior that he may still be “alive today.”
In addition, Acevedo explained how the suspect, 49-year-old Larry McQuilliams, “shouldn’t have been able to get the kind of firepower that was in his possession” because of his criminal record (he served 7 years for armed robbery) and mindset.
Acevedo clearly wasn’t saying that all gun enthusiasts deserve to be suspected of violence, but he did say that if a gun enthusiast is acting erratically or hatefully, it’s especially important to check them out, since they have ready access to deadly weapons.
But there might be more productive ways to catch bad guys than vetting gun enthusiasts due to the behavior of one madman.
Courtesy of Clash Daily