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LeBron James makes additional pleas for greater gun control


LeBron James on Friday reiterated his belief that there needs to be greater gun control as he reacted to a recent spate of disturbing outbursts of violence both in Ohio and beyond.

James on Thursday grimly made note of a troubling incident involving the fatal shooting of a six-month old in Cleveland on earlier in the afternoon.

As noted in a Northeast Ohio Media Group report, if the infant was in fact murdered in a drive-by shooting, it would be the third such incident involving a child being killed in such a manner in the Cleveland area since September.

James’ disappointment given his sobering commentary on the Cleveland-area outbursts of gun violence was further exacerbated by the massacre where 10 were killed and many were injured at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

James was asked if he heard President Obama’s speech on the latest act of mass violence. He indicated he had not, but weighed in on the sentiments expressed in it, making his thoughts on gun control abundantly clear.

“I know what I see. I know how I feel,” he said, via Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Joe Varndon. “Obviously you’re not going to be able to take every gun out, I don’t know how you can do that. There’s so many around now, today. But if there’s some stipulations behind it or some penalties, some big time penalties or rules or regulations about carrying firearms, legal or illegal, people will second-guess themselves.”

James didn’t specifically say in what form increased gun control could take, but his comments again reinforce he is not afraid to express his opinion on complex and complicated societal issues, even if his thoughts serve as a lightning rod for criticism. James of course will be condemned for his comments by those who disagree and praised by those who share his views. One thing is for certain: He won’t shy away from sharing his thoughts.