Sean Payton passionately calls for ‘common sense’ gun control
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has again railed against what he sees as “flawed” policies relating to gun control in the United States.
Payton first took to Twitter Tuesday morning to retweet what has become a heavily cited statistic in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre on Sunday night that left 59 dead and over 500 injured.
It's time. #CommonSense pic.twitter.com/ve9CJNJx5D
— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) October 3, 2017
Payton and the Saints were flying back from London after defeating the Miami Dolphins 20-0 when they heard about the tragic situation in Las Vegas, which in the end amounted to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Payton on Tuesday expanded upon his thoughts about gun control, and it’s clear he believes more action is in order.
“I just think let’s start from this standpoint — the current protocol is not working, the current system is not working,” Payton told reporters Tuesday, via NOLA.com. “And the madness is when you go years and years and years, and say, well, and so the current policies and thoughts are flawed.
“Listen, I believe this in my heart, we as a society owe it to our children and, I mean, we have to be better in that way. I’ve made my statements clear after the death of Will Smith, and these things come up, and then you try to draw parallels throughout our world, and look, it’s hard to. It’s hard to find other countries like that. And here we are as educated and smart and forward-thinking as we think we are, and yet it’s broken and it’s obvious. So, I’ll leave it at that.”
As he noted in his comments, Payton passionately crusaded for expanded gun control in the U.S. in the aftermath of the shooting death of Saints player Will Smith in 2016.
It’s abundantly clear the horrific events in Las Vegas has only emboldened Payton’s view on the polarizing issue of gun control.