Over the weekend, devastating news broke of former NFL defensive player Will Smith being murdered in cold-blood after a car accident in New Orleans, and people from all around the league have reacted to it. However, the reaction from Sean Peyton, head coach for the New Orleans Saints, is getting major attention after he made an absolutely stunning admission.
Smith was gunned down by former football player and feral thug Cardell Hayes on Saturday night after Hayes rammed Smith’s Mercedes-Benz with his Hummer in downtown New Orleans, and the murder sent shockwaves through the community. There was an outpouring of support for the Smiths, and the Saints even flew their flag at half-staff to honor for former star defensive lineman.
The murder is still under investigation, and police suspect there might have been an ulterior motive behind it after it was learned that Smith was dining with one of the officers responsible for killing Hayes’ father a decade ago. Regardless of the actual motive, the fact remains that Hayes apparently had little regard for human life, which was evidenced by the fact he also shot Smith’s wife two times, but that didn’t stop Sean Peyton from shifting blame away from the violent thug and to a place where it doesn’t belong – our Second Amendment.
Yes, you read that right. Peyton was interviewed by USA Today, and he went on an angry tirade against gun rights in which he blamed everything except criminals for criminal behavior while showing just how ignorant he is about the current laws and restrictions surrounding firearms.
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Listen to Sean Payton. Carefully. He’s mad. Sad. Frustrated. Passionate.
“If this opinion in Louisiana is super unpopular,” Payton told USA TODAY Sports in a 33-minute phone conversation on Monday, his first interview since Will Smith’s death, “so be it.”
In the aftermath of the senseless shooting on Saturday night that left former defensive end Smith dead – and Smith’s wife Racquel wounded — amid a beef linked to a traffic accident, the New Orleans Saints coach is pleading for more gun control.
He isn’t merely talking about tighter laws. If Payton had his druthers we’d live in a country without guns.
“Two hundred years from now, they’re going to look back and say, ‘What was that madness about?’ “ Payton said. “The idea that we need them to fend off intruders … people are more apt to draw them (in other situations). That’s some silly stuff we’re hanging onto.”
“I’m not an extreme liberal,” Payton said. “I find myself leaning to the right on some issues. But on this issue, I can’t wrap my brain around it.”
“I hate guns,” he said.
Payton said he is trying to remove his anti-gun bias in considering the matter, but even with that he reaches the same conclusion.
“I’ve heard people argue that everybody needs a gun,” he said. “That’s madness. I know there are many kids who grow up in a hunting environment. I get that. But there are places, like England, where even the cops don’t have guns.”
“It was a large caliber gun. A .45,” Payton said. “It was designed back during World War I. And this thing just stops people. It will kill someone within four or five seconds after they are struck. You bleed out. After the first shot (that struck Smith’s torso), he took three more in his back.”
Payton paused, then continued with his theme.
“We could go online and get 10 of them, and have them shipped to our house tomorrow,” he said. “I don’t believe that was the intention when they allowed for the right for citizens to bear arms.”
Apparently Peyton wants to ignore the fact that New Orleans is ridden with crime and violent thugs – an environment where someone would be stupid to walk around unarmed – and instead use Smith’s murder demagogue against our Constitutional right to defend ourselves. For someone who claims they’re not an “extreme liberal, he sure does seem to have some extremely liberal views on gun rights.
Perhaps Mr. Peyton would do well to stick with what he knows – coaching an NFL team – and keep quiet when it comes to issues where he’s completely ignorant – gun rights. If he really wanted to solve the issue with violence in his city, he wouldn’t advocate for disarming law-abiding citizens anyways; he’d go straight to the root of the problem within the black community – the lack of parenting and family values.
Oh, and for the record, it’s impossible to have a firearms dealer ship a gun straight to your home unless you either have a Federal Firearms License, or they’re willing to commit a crime, since it is illegal, after all.