Newtown reaction across college basketball world

Five days after the most heinous act of violence in recent U.S. history, several college basketball coaches have expressed their concern with current gun laws.

I agree wholeheartedly, and my thoughts can be found here.

Here are some statements from coaches who have decided to speak out:

*Jim Boeheim, Syracuse (via New York Daily News): “If we can’t get this thing done, I’m with (Mayor Bloomberg), if we can’t get this thing done, I don’t know what kind of country we have. This is about us. This isn’t about the President or those other people down there. We have to make them understand somehow that this needs to get figured out. Real quick. Not six months from now.”

*Jim Calhoun, UConn (via New Haven Register): “It’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue. It’s an issue of protecting the lives of 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-year-old kids…it’s hard to even say that. There are ways. And to quote our president, who was so eloquent on this — as was our governor — ‘We’re better than this.’”
*Pat Kelsey, Winthrop (via “Parents, teachers, rabbis, priests, coaches, everybody needs to step up. This has to be a time for change. And I know this microphone’s powerful right now, because we’re playing the fourth-best team in the country. I’m not going to have a microphone like this the rest of the year, maybe the rest of my life. And I’m going to be an agent of change with the 13 young men I get to coach every day and the two little girls that I get to raise. But hopefully things start changing, because it’s really, really disappointing.”

*Jay Wright, Villanova (via Twitter): “Cannot comprehend any reason for assault weapons to be legal in any way.”