In the wake of the mass shooting that took 12 lives at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, some NBA players wanted to make a statement.
From Daily Caller:
This past weekend players all across the league wore black t-shirts with the victims’ names on the back and the word “ENOUGH” written in white on the front.
Both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers wore the shirts for pre-game warm-ups prior to games against the Milwaukee Bucks, and Atlanta Hawks, respectively.
The victims of the shooting should be recognized, remembered and honored. And yes, everyone rejects and wants to end mass shootings.
But it’s the ‘how to do it’ that’s the question. And some of the very same people wearing shirts saying “Enough” are the same ones attacking “thoughts and prayers” as useless.
While some tried to make the display non-political, others like Le Bron James made it clear that they were encouraging more gun control.
“Probably the same that went through everybody’s mind: ‘Not again.’ Or: ‘Wow. What the hell?'” James said of what he initially thought when he heard the news of the shooting not far from where he plays and lives. “Probably some more explicit terms that I won’t say right here. It’s just how do we clean up this. … It all comes back to this gun situation that we have in America and gun violence. I don’t want to go into that right now, but I can do it at a later point. We know that these people are just being able to go and buy guns and do things with them, and innocent lives are being taken at young ages. Young ages.”
But California already has the strictest gun control in the country. And the shooter violated the law with an illegal magazine. So what more law would have stopped this? And that’s the question that those who cry “gun control” don’t seem to be able to answer.
If you truly want to stop the shootings, shouldn’t you want to look at the most effective way to do it?
And shouldn’t you also not want to be adversely impacting upon lawful gun owners who use guns to properly defend themselves and save lives every day? That’s a point that never seems to get raised by media or recognized by those who simply push more gun control in response.
If virtually every case involves someone who is mentally ill or who has mental issues that people knew were a problem, should not that be where you would want to start? It’s incredibly frustrating to hear virtually every time, “He was known to the police.” And the same was true again with the Thousand Oaks shooter and the Parkland shooter.
As one saw in the case with the shooter in Parkland, Flordia, had the police or the school simply flagged his issues and arrested him before, he would not have been able to buy a gun. But they didn’t.