The League

THE QUESTION

Do Players Need Guns?

For every Plaxico Burress, isn't there also a Steve Smith, Richard Collier or Sean Taylor who might have benefited from a gun?

Posted by Emil Steiner on December 3, 2008 9:24 AM
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renato sangio: u can take the boy out of the ghetto, but you can't....oh what difference does it really make for adult men who get millions to play with a ...

driver138: You would think that with all the money they make, hiring bodyguards would come to mind....

jbb: I don't care whether the players need to carry guns or just want to. Players just need to obey the local laws like everyone else. This cou...

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Smart Shot :

Players have a right to arm themselves as long as they dont break the law. In my experience guns can be an effective deterant. Players are natural targets for criminals and they have plenty of jealous family members and hangers on who want to get a piece of that money. They need protection. They don't want to hurt people or themselves. A good solution is for the NFL to give the players gun training. It would reduce accident and deter crime.

xSamplex :

"Do Players Need Guns?"

Let me guess. You had a "write the stupidest question" contest and this was the winner.

In my mind, any idiot carrying a concealed, loaded Glock in a NYC nightclub is too stupid to enjoy freedom.

And given the intellectual capacity of many pro athletes, I'm sure there'd be a dead kid or two before long, since I doubt they'd properly handle or store the weapons.

Ed :

There are many places and occupations that require a person to arm himself but, just as the situation a firearm is acquired to face, the tool itself is a danger. Anyone making that decision has a duty to maintain competence in firearm use, something the athletes that end up in the news manifestly have not done.

Seriously :

Football would be better if players could arm themselves on the field. Last Boy Scout style.

Mike :

Just like anyone else in the US, they have the right to bear arms. However, most of these knuckleheads have been pampered and bowed down to their entire lives and therefor think that they can get away with anything they want to. There needs to be one standard. What does it say to kids if athletes are not held to the same standards as the rest of us. And if you want to live the Thug life so that you look cool, even though you grew up in the suburbs, eventually it will cost you. It's amazing how few normal responsible people shoot themselves or get shot in their homes.

Don, VA :

Guns are not the solution to social problems they are the cause of social problems. How can anyone can make an argument that a tool used for violence actually prevents violence is beyond me.

NoName :


Atheletes may or may not need guns depending upon the circumstance and this is up to them. They definitely should not carry illegal ones around. If they want to frequent a dangerous venue, which is their right, they can bring a legally registered weapon, if it is allowed. If not, they can hire a bodyguard. They probably can write off this expense on their taxes.

It is very simple - atheletes can do whatever they want as long as it is within the law.

NRA Nut :

NFL Players, NBA Players, PGA Golfers, caddies, Dancing with the Stars contestants, Vice-Presidents, hockey-moms, 18-year-old college students, college professors, high school teachers, pre-school teachers, WalMart employees, truck drivers, drunk drivers, pedestrians, pediatricians, post office employees, cab drivers, gas station attendants, CEO's,...

Who WOULDN'T benefit from owning and carrying a gun?

Blame Game :

How does that old expression go? Guns don't kill people, dumbass wide receivers in Escalades do.

Geen! :

Ever wonder why NRA and KKK rhyme? Remember the NRA was formed by white people afraid of freed slaves during Reconstruction.

This does not absolve the bama Plexiglass, who shot himself while loading (or unloading) his gun. Gun licenses and safety courses really do work.

Overhead :

GEEN!, Being the NRA was formed in New York I doubt their goal was to protect themselves from slaves during reconstruction of the south. The first leader of the NRA was Gen. Ambrose Burnside, a union general.

I have no issue with anyone owning or carrying a gun for self protection as long as they follow the laws of the state and exercise some common sense. Taking a gun to NYC to a club while drinking shows a lack of common sense. That is not even considering the fact he managed to shoot himself with it.

Anonymous :

We should all carry guns. To protect us from the NFL players!

trolltown :

"Guns are not the solution to social problems they are the cause of social problems. How can anyone can make an argument that a tool used for violence actually prevents violence is beyond me."

Hmm, I thought greed, jealousy, pride, and hate are causes of social problems. How anyone can make an argument that a tool used for protection is actually the cause of social problems is "beyond me".

lorddunsmore :

All persons, including NFL players have an absolute right to protect themselves from harm. If that means arming themselves, then so be it. However, all have to follow the law, good or bad, as it currently exists. Maturity and common sense is a prerequisite for carrying weapons, and employing them.

OZZIE :

Players are supposed to avoid dangerous activities and situations as part of their contract so giving them all guns would be a bad idea. I think they should instead hire professional bodyguards using part of their lucrative signing bonuses. A gun alone can give a false sense of security and I'm sure they most of these fotoball players already have issues with that. On the bright side at least Steve Smith was not injured, but the Giants should get their own security people out there to protect the players since they are in the spotlight of this controversy.

Anonymous :


Handguns are good for oly one thing: to kill, or at least severely injure, other human beings.
Only a self-absorbed, arrogant NFL jock would think it's ok to carry a gun (unregistered) into a crowded club, while drinking. JEEESHH!!!

Anonymous :

Why is gun ownership by players any business of the NFL? If the players break gun laws, they should be held accountable. Otherwise, the NFL should respect the U.S. Constitution and mind their own business.

Anonymous :

Mike

An 8 year old boy just shot his dad and a friend with a gun 2 weeks ago. Its more common than you think. If some of the people on these blogs own guns and we see how some of them show less common sense than Plaxico. Why do people think that all athletes grew up pampered all of their lives? Most of them grew up poor. They did not come out of the mommas wombs as star athletes. Most of them only became famous once they reached college or later. Thats kind of like saying a kid that gets a scholarship in music or band has been pampered all of their life just because someone recognized their talent at a young age. Just because its a sport does not mean it came easy or they did not work just as hard as a person did in any other profession. Being at the top of any profession whether its a football player or an accountant takes time, studying, dedication and years of practice. Is a football player any more pampered than a tennis player or golfer. Was Tiger Woods less pampered than a NFL player coming up? Enough with the pampered athlete bull. George Bush was far more pampered than any NFL athlete.

Anonymous :

The truth of the matter is most of us on these blogs come off as arrogant pampered jerks and we aren't highly paid professional athletes. Imagine if some of us were.

trolltown :

Mike, point taken, but what in the world does this have to do with Bush?

trolltown :

woops, I meant "anonymous"...

jselt53 :

yes, all players should carry guns, but only if more of them promise to shoot themselves.

fmjk :

Is this question even serious? These are the biggest, toughest, most fit men in America, most of whom travel with posses of friends, bodyguards, and hangers on, and they need to carry weapons for their own protection? If they need guns, then every woman, every little guy, everyone who's ever been picked on needs a gun. And then -- look out! Maybe, just maybe the problem is the unsavory places they choose when they go out??

renato sangio :

u can take the boy out of the ghetto, but you can't....oh what difference does it really make for adult men who get millions to play with a ball on the grass?

driver138 :

You would think that with all the money they make, hiring bodyguards would come to mind.

jbb :

I don't care whether the players need to carry guns or just want to. Players just need to obey the local laws like everyone else. This could be a boon for the Redskins. Just let all the heat packing free agents know that they can carry their guns all over Virginia.

 
 
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