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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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@theblaze He’s damn right it’s unpopular. While people like him are surrounded by armed guards they preach about taking OUR guns? GTFOH.
— Bo Phillips (@bo_phillips_) April 12, 2016
@theblaze this is the same guy that got suspended a year for instructing his players to try to hurt people
— Frankie Bass (@frankie_bass18) April 12, 2016
@theblaze I think because his former player died because of a gun he’s speaking out of emotion. Ask him in a year. It might be different.
— Scott G (@Scottie713) April 12, 2016
— hdwatson (@herb_watson) April 12, 2016
— Stephen James (@smj1287) April 11, 2016
@usatoday_nfl @Jmiles562g no gun law wil stop a criminal from obtaining or using a gun The deteriorating moral fabric of society is to blame
— KevinfromBigBranch (@KevinCorcoran77) April 11, 2016
@usatoday_nfl black on black crime is what is broken. There are ALREADY laws against murdering someone with a firearm
— Kody Whittington (@whittywon) April 11, 2016
@usatoday_nfl keep electing Democrats in NOLA. This is what you get. Just like Chicago. Baltimore. Philly. Detroit. Toilets under Dem rule
— ACC (@cc19020) April 11, 2016
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