San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich has jumped into the debate over the Second Amendment, saying it’s time to question whether that constitutional right has a place in modern America.
Popovich, who was in D.C. to play the Washington Wizards, slammed current moves to raise the age limit to buy firearms calling the proposal a mere “Band-Aid” on the problem of gun violence, USA Today reported.
“Even if they changed the age limit, it’s all a Band-Aid,” the outspoken coach said. “The obvious elephant in the room is the guns, weapons of war, the magazines. The real discussion should be about the Second Amendment. Is it useful? Does it serve its purpose the way it was supposed to do in the beginning? That discussion should be had.”
Popovich then went after the left’s favorite target, the National Rifle Association.
“Is one life more important than some congressman keeping his position because he’s afraid he won’t get funds from the NRA? It’s a dereliction of duty on the part of everybody around Trump,” Popovich added.
The coach also praised “the kids” who he planned the many “March For Our Lives” events around the country last weekend.
“They give me hope that I’m actually living in the country I thought I was living in because at times it’s not where I thought I was living,” Popovich said. “They made me believe. They give you hope for the future. They want to do the right thing, things that have moral clarity and common sense.”
Despite claims that the march was created by and for students, a review of attendees and organizers showed that only about ten percent of protesters were people under 18 years of age.
The coach has praised the march before. On March 24 he accused Trump of “cowardice” for not attending the march and insisted that change will come after the nation saw the marchers on TV.
Popovich also went on to attack President Donald Trump this week:
We have a president who sat across the table in a fake environment of goodwill to talk about gun violence, just like the immigration façade, where he said he’d sign anything and of course didn’t do anything. He actually leaned across the table and told two senators they were afraid of the NRA. He said that. He just leaned across the table and told them and laughed about it. And then had lunch with the NRA himself and went back on everything he wanted to do.
Our current president hopes to bore us to death with all these new issues day after day after day that keeps him in the news. But you can talk about one comment or scandal after another, and it becomes commonplace – forgotten about – and we don’t even know what’s going on behind the scenes, like what’s happening to our environment and health, all this sort of thing, all the laws that are sliding in, all the people who are being removed and being replaced like scientists replaced by politicians.
The coach continued to slam Trump saying that the president’s goal is always to make America “take our eye off the ball.” Popovich ended his rant saying Trump “brings out the dark side of human beings.”
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