Auriemma Discusses Gun Control

In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14, there have been many people that have voiced their opinion regarding gun control. UConn coach Geno Auriemma took the liberty to voice his following Saturday’s win at Hartford.

Auriemma, especially, was not happy with the comments made by National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre Friday. LaPierre said that those at Sandy Hook could have been better protected if school officials had been armed and recommended the placement of a police officer in schools.

“I know one thing, little kids in Italy aren’t afraid to walk up and down the streets because they’re going to get shot,’’ Auriemma said referring to his Italian descent. “Little kids in Italy don’t have to worry about somebody going into a school and shooting them. They don’t have to worry about going shopping at the mall and somebody coming in and shooting them. Nor do little kids in Germany, nor do little kids in France. Most civilized countries in the world, they don’t worry about that stuff. So why in this country do we have to be afraid for our children? And why do I have to be afraid for my grandson is beyond me. I can’t figure it out and no one will ever convince me that it’s OK.

“And now we’re going to put armed guards in every school. And that everybody’s entitled to protect their house. And I love the other thing they say is we have to protect ourselves because the police can’t. We need those guns because we have to protect ourselves because the police can’t. You know why the police can’t protect us? There’s more people with guns than there are policemen. What other country do you think that exists? Seriously. That’s the craziest thing.

“And I grew up here. And my kids grew up here. And I have a great life, don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But if there aren’t some major changes made in the way we live I’m would tell my daughter and my grandson, `You know what? You need to move to another country. You’ve got a better chance of growing up safe.’ That’s (garbage). If you travel all over the world, it’s just unbelievable. And the response that (LaPierre) had (Friday). You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s what we’re dealing with. So, whatever. It is what it is.’’

Rich