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.’’


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4 Responses

  1. Keith says:

    Jen- did u read my comment slowly. I was defending Geno and his right to say anything he wants about anything he wants to. I admire his outspokenness – how he always tells the truth , as he sees it no matter what the question. I pointed out that i love And admire Geno even though i am totally on the other side of this difficult issue. U can criticize bill – but shouldnt have included me.

  2. Jen says:

    So because the two of you don’t agree with him, Auriemma is a ‘dumb-ass’. I suppose if he came out touting the benefits of owning a gun, you’d be clamoring for a fat raise for him. This is the USA, and everyone is entitled to an opinion, whether you agree with it or not.

    Facts and history have demonstrated that we are doing something wrong in this country. ‘I like the fact that criminals don’t know who’s packing’. Wow, if you walk down the street assuming half the people you run into are criminals, please stop watching the news and Law & Order. It’s making you paranoid. Guns are more likely to be used for murder and suicide than thwarting a home invasion or robbery. End of story. If you both want to pretend that having MORE guns is a rational solution, great. That is your right. But, fortunately, more people are seeing the gun lobby for what it is- a dangerous, money-grubbing front for nutjobs.

    If we had no guns on the street, we would ALL be safer. There is no question or doubt there. Mrs. Lanza had these weapons in her home to protect herself. How did that work out for her?

  3. Keith says:

    Hi Bill – I too am possibly Geno’s biggest fan. But we can’t have it both ways. I admire that he always tells us exactly what he thinks! I totally disagree with him on this issue. I don’t even own a gun. I like the fact that criminals don’t know who’s packing. Hundreds of lives are saved annually by legal gun owners- not to mention how many crimes and home invasions that don’t happen as a result of criminals not knowing who has them. An incalculable number. Legal gun owners should give up there guns when they get millions of illegal weapons from criminals and gangs!!!

  4. Bill Myers says:

    I’m one of Geno’s biggest fans but he should stick to talking basketball because he’s a dumb-ass when he talks about this stuff.