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Boeheim advocates for stricter gun control following 900th career victory

After winning his 900th career game in Syracuse’s 72-68 victory over Detroit Monday, head coach Jim Boeheim created some buzz at the end of his press conference when he turned his thoughts to gun control after the tragedy that took place on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Boeheim began his spiel by stating that “this will probably offend some people,” then gave his thoughts on the gun control debate.

“If we in this country, as Americans, cannot get the people that represent us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society,” Boeheim said, drawing applause from a few fans who had entered the room to hear his postgame press conference.

Twenty children and six adults were killed in the shooting Friday, eliciting and further igniting discussions about gun control in the United States. Boeheim went on further after the small applause for his initial comments, saying that “this is my fault and your fault, all your faults.”

“If we can’t get this thing done, I just — I’ll go with the mayor of New York City,” he said. “If we can’t get this thing done, I don’t know what kind of country we have.

“This isn’t about the president or those other people down there. We need to make them understand, somehow, that this needs to get figured out real quick. Not six months from now.”

  • There’s an image of an ad for a Bushmaster assault rifle making its rounds in progressive social media circles today. It shows the weapon on a stark white background along with the words “CONSIDER YOUR MANCARD REISSUED.” (Yes, in all caps.) The ad is black and white except for a bright red bar across the bottom and the bright red Bushmaster logo showing a coiled snake ready to strike. I don’t know who exactly issues man cards, but I’m reasonably certain Jim Boeheim’s is in good standing. I respect that he used his position to make a statement on this issue. Jim, this song’s for you:

  • Jim, I’m disturbed that you’d use your status to try to dismantle the US constitution.

    The best defense against gun violence is the ability to defend oneself – with a gun – stats supporting this statement have appeared time and time again.

    Sorry Jim, but you’re just another celebrity chiming in on stuff he knows little about. Keep to hoops.

  • commenter45

    Yes, he has the right to say whatever he wants. However, his opinion should have no more merit on this issue than, you, me, or any other random Joe. He’s a basketball coach…maybe he should stick to what he does best.

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