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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Education Over Legislation

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Gun violence, or more broadly the gun culture, is nothing new for NFL players. Many current and former NFL players own guns, either for sport, protection, or both. We're not going to change how NFL players who own firearms feel on the issue of gun ownership. These are adults who have the constitutional right to own weapons anyway. What the league can do is maximize its education program.

Start early with players, specifically during the rookie symposium. Have law enforcement officials speak about gun laws, gun safety and responsible gun ownership. Have victims or families of victims of gun violence talk about their experiences. Then be sure players understand the consequences of violating league policy regarding guns and enforce those regulations with impunity.

Players also need to be reminded to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Stay away from high-crime areas. Walk away from confrontation. Always be aware of your surroundings. It all sounds like common sense, but better to disseminate too much information rather than too little.

By Gene Wang  |  September 3, 2008; 6:48 AM ET  | Category:  Crime , Emil Steiner , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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