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Newtown reaction across college basketball world

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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 Cincinnati.com): “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.”

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5 Responses

  1. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  2. Nick says:

    Another point I forgot to include http://WWW….. more guns and assault rifles in the private citizen’s hand does not equate to more gun violence. You didnt disprove that. We have our veterans and military with personal semi auto rifles at home too you know.

    And the stats and facts, again…..all rifles accounted for about 325 deaths last year, handguns accounted for over 8,000. How does banning “assault rifles” as defined by Liberals and Democrat progressives prevent those 8,000 deaths? It doesnt. Fact. Violent crimes in the UK are 4x higher than the US, and rapes in Sweden are 10x higher than here in the US, both countries with strict gun control laws. Chicago, Detroit and DC are the murder capitals of the US, and they have outright bans on gun ownership in city limits.

  3. Nick says:

    Whats your point WWW? You didnt disprove ANYTHING I said. They teach them how to use the guns, so it disproves what I said how? What makes you think American citizens who get guns arent trained how to use them either? What an ignorant statement by you. Most gun permit holders shoot more often than cops, and are much better shots. And back to the MAIN issue… what does training and teaching about guns prevents gun crimes? Adam Lanza went to the range often with his mother…he had training. How did that prevent the tragedy?

    Your response post makes zero sense. You say I should follow my advice, and yet you failed to disprove a single fact I posted. Have a nice day troll.

  4. Wrong, wrong, wrong says:

    Nick-you should follow your own advice and stick to that which you can speak of intelligently. Switzerland not only provides guns to every male citizen-they teach them how to use them as well! Do you have any idea why? I suspect not-you’d rather spout off about things that you don’t understand. The reason is out there, you just have to be willing to look for it. While you are, why don’t you also read about their restrictions on qualifying to buy guns, getting a permit, being able to carry guns, and where they get the ammunition for the state provided guns given to male citizens.

  5. Nick says:

    More proof that they should stick to what they know best, coaching, and leave the Constitution and gun knowledge to the people who know better.

    J Wright – No reason for assalt weapons to be legal? First off, there wasnt an assault weapon used, its assault weapon LIKE weapon. It was a semi-auto rifle. Second, the 2nd Amendment was written NOT for hunting or even self defense, but to protect out OTHER freedoms and amendments… to protect us against our government and tyranny. Whether anyone thinks our government right now would or wouldnt is irrelevant. We have a right to overthrow our government as well, according to the Constitution.

    If we use the lame argument that they didnt mean for assault rifles because they had muskets back in the day…. then lets ban all freedom of speech on the internet, radio or tv because they werent around back then either, and lets ban all religions that werent around nack then either. Lets repeal the 4th Amendment as well because we didnt have cell phones or cars back then.

    An AR15 is no more deadly than a Mini14 rifle or other semi auto rifles. Just because its painted black and looks scary doesnt make it more dangerous.

    And Jim C….yes, there are ways to prevent this from happening, we are better than this…. add security to schools. Its that simple. Eliminate “gun free zones” because obviously, criminals pretty much ignore these signs, and purposely choose these areas for their shootings.

    Switzerland gives actual fully automatic rifles to every male citizen and makes them keep it maintained and ready to use, at their home… and they have prctically zero gun crime. Its not the guns that are the problem here in the US, its the people and the culture.