Social media schools NFL coach for lashing out against guns rights

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Sean Payton, coach of the New Orleans Saints football team made his disdain for guns, and gun rights, glaringly apparent.

In the wake of the shooting death of former Saints player Will Smith over a traffic accident, in a phone interview with USA Today, the coach said he doesn’t care if his stance makes the fans of his Louisiana team angry.

“I hate guns,” he said. “I find myself leaning to the right on some issues. But on this issue, I can’t wrap my brain around it.”

“If this opinion in Louisiana is super unpopular so be it,” he added.

It is understandable that Payton would be distraught over the senseless death of the former player, but it seemed in his interview that he had given the issue a lot of previous thought.

“I’ve heard people argue that everybody needs a gun,” he told USA Today. “That’s madness. I know there are many kids who grow up in a hunting environment. I get that. But there are places, like England, where even the cops don’t have guns.”

Apparently, Payton is unaware that the Second Amendment has little to nothing to do with hunting and the cops without guns in France sure had a hard time when the Charlie Hebdo headquarters were attacked.

Payton maintained he was “not an extreme liberal” but he wants all guns banned.

“Two hundred years from now, they’re going to look back and say, ‘What was that madness about?’” he said. “The idea that we need them to fend off intruders … people are more apt to draw them (in other situations). That’s some silly stuff we’re hanging on to.”

The coach said he drove to the scene of the shooting and went on the Internet to find out all the details he could about the case and the gun used, he told USA Today.

“It was a large caliber gun. A .45,” he said. “It was designed back during World War I. And this thing just stops people. It will kill someone within four or five seconds after they are struck. You bleed out. After the first shot [that struck Smith’s torso], he took three more in his back.”

“We could go online and get 10 of them, and have them shipped to our house tomorrow,” Payton continued. “I don’t believe that was the intention when they allowed for the right for citizens to bear arms.”

Probably not because the Internet didn’t exist in 1791 when the Second Amendment was ratified.

Social media had its own opinions of the coach’s point of view.

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Carmine Sabia


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