Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who led the team to the Super Bowl last year before ultimately losing to the Los Angeles Rams 23-20, shared his thoughts on gun control during a recent press conference for the team.
Burrow was asked by a member of the media towards the end of the press conference, “There’s been a lot of conversation, franchises across all sports, and talk about gun reform a little bit in various ways or another especially after a lot of the events the last couple weeks. Is that been something that you all had a conversation about in the locker room or even you personally with others around you? What’s that been like?”
Burrow responded, “No, I really haven’t talked about that part much. I think, you know, with everything that’s going on if you’re not gonna outlaw everything, you gotta at least make it harder to get those crazy guns that everybody’s using.”
He continued, “I don’t think you should be able to just walk in there and buy one. You gotta be able to go through a rigorous process to be able to buy something like that, I think.”
“Hopefully, the people that get paid to make those decisions figure that out. My job is to play football, but hopefully the politicians can figure that one out,” he concluded.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) launched in 1998 and NICS staff performs a background check “when a person tries to buy a firearm, the seller, known as Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL), contacts NICS electronically or by phone.”
According to the FBI’s website the program has performed “more than 300 million checks” and they’ve had “more than 1.5 million denials.”
“NICS provides full service to the FFLs in 31 states, five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The NICS provides partial service to six states. The remaining 13 states perform their own checks through the NICS,” the FBI’s website makes clear.
Burrows isn’t the only sports personality to call for gun control. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr called for gun control ahead of the team’s Game 5 Conference Final against the Dallas Mavericks saying, “When are we gonna do something? I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there.”
San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich also called for gun control during an appearance at the political event Stand with Uvalde.
According to KENS5 he said, “Why can anybody buy an AR-15? I shouldn’t be able to buy one, you shouldn’t be able to buy one, what the hell do you need an AR-15 for?”
He also said, “Mr. Cruz, why does this happen in America? Why just in America? It doesn’t happen. It happened in New Zealand, the guns are gone. It happened in the U.K., the guns are gone. It happened in Australia, the guns are gone. But here, we keep killing our children. Why is that? He could not answer it”
Popovich talked about how Texas should get its political officials in power and put them in a room until they can come up with solutions. He asked “how many more is it going to take?” And ended his statement with “Get off your ass.” pic.twitter.com/BlqVXPwobV
— Jose Arredondo (@sportsguyjose) June 4, 2022
The United States Men’s National Team also called for gun control in an open letter to Congress that was shared to Twitter.
The team wrote, “With legislation being considered in the coming days in the House and Senate, we implore you to stand with the majority of Americans who support stronger gun laws.”
The letter also stated, “To members of the United States Senate – a small group of your colleagues from both parties are working to craft a legislative proposal that will need the support of 60 out of 100 Senators to pass. Please stand up and say you will vote yes on gun legislation, so that a bill can go to the Senate floor, and the House and Senate can then work together to finalize legislation that does more than bare minimum and will bring about a meaningful reduction in gun violence.”
Finally, they concluded their letter, “We ask all of you, as we ask ourselves every day as representatives of the United States Men’s National Team, to Be the Change.”
The team’s center back Walker Zimmerman addressed the press about the letter saying, “It’s important for us. We’ve really talked about embracing this “Be The Change” mantra for a couple years now. And that came internally. A lot of that is making sure we take action. It’s not something that we just want to keep in our thoughts and prayers even though those things are also very important. But we want to be a team that takes action and has a response.”
He continued, “For the guys to unanimously step up and say, ‘We want to send this letter. We approve this letter.’ It just makes me proud to be apart of it. And ultimately shows our growth as men, as United States citizens, as representatives of this country at that level. So, I’m proud of the group and the way that we are standing up for what we believe in.
— USMNT (@USMNT) June 6, 2022
What do you make of Burrow’s comments?