NBA Joins Bloomberg Machine to Push Gun Control

I love the National Basketball Association. How can one not love the NBA? The best athletes in the world competing in a game that requires great physicality, supreme hand-eye coordination, unbelievable conditioning and endurance, uncanny vision and, most importantly, a high gaming IQ.

You may laugh at me for claiming that the NBA has the best athletes but ask yourself this, how many NFL players can play in the NBA versus how many NBA players can play in the NFL (LeBron would dominate in the NFL)? Or, put another way, how many former tight ends in the NFL were basketball players who couldn’t make in the NBA (e.g. Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates)?

In any event, I digress. To continue with my initial point, watching 7-footers leap around the court with the grace and poise of Russian ballerinas, all while attempting to shoot a round ball into a hoop 18-inches in diameter is quite riveting and awe-inspiring. Think about it. There are six-plus billion people in this world — less than 500 can play at a high level on an NBA court. To me, that’s amazing!

All that to say, I was disappointed to see that the NBA has sold out to the Bloomberg machine. Seriously disappointed. Now I know that deep down the players that appeared in the PSA’s directed by Spike Lee are well-intentioned and ignorant to the minutia of the gun debate, but still, it sucks that Everytown for Gun Safety got these high-profile, global superstars to give a tacit pitch for rolling back the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

“I heard over the summer about a shooting that killed a three-year-old girl, and I immediately thought of my three-year-old daughter Riley,” said Steph Curry, a guard for the Golden State Warriors, last year’s NBA champions.

“Then I learned the horrible statistic that every day 88 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are injured,” he continued. “We’ve come together as a country to solve problems before – gun violence should be no different.”

We point this out a lot on GunsAmerica, but that 88 stat includes suicides, which make up two-thirds of all gun deaths. The real figure is more like 30 people a day are killed by other people with guns. And of those 30, a significant percentage are gang and/or drug related.

Regardless, we can all concede that the figures are too high and that more can be done to reduce gun violence. The question, of course, is how we should go about doing it. Going after the supply is entirely stupid. That’s what anti-gunners want to do. Limit supply and availability. Make it increasingly difficult for any and all to own firearms. We’ve tried that approach before, not only with guns but drugs and alcohol. Both Prohibition and the War on Drugs backfired in extremely profound ways.

Needless to say, gun control won’t work either. So what then? Attack the illegal demand for guns. That’s the obvious way to solve gun-related violence. But no one in the anti-gun crowd seems to want to do it. You don’t hear that being thrown around in these PSAs. Instead, it’s just more of the same ambiguously stated claptrap about “doing more” and “coming together” and “raising awareness” and “common-sense solutions” and “consensus” and “growing movement ” — all of which are a dog whistle for civil disarmament.

“Athletes, law enforcement, gun violence survivors, moms, community leaders, and millions of Americans all know the impact of gun violence on our country,” said John Feinblatt, President of Everytown for Gun Safety.

“We’re proud to join with the NBA, these NBA stars, and Spike Lee to highlight stories of gun violence in America and bring people together to address the problem. This partnership shows the wide range of people who are willing to speak up and be a part of our growing movement.”

Sadly, the NBA players can’t see through the B.S. They want to make a difference. They want to do the right thing. But by jumping into bed with Bloomberg they are only contributing to the loss of a precious and increasingly necessary civil right.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Steven January 3, 2016, 7:33 pm

    Yeah right! And how many NBA players own guns?

  • R. Gleaton January 3, 2016, 8:03 am

    Does anyone care what these guys think??? If they couldn’t shoot a ball through a hoop, they would be in da hood, with their pants sagging below their azz, rappin’ and waving their stolen gun around. Keep in mind, most of them probably don’t have an IQ over 70!!!

  • alex January 2, 2016, 10:59 pm

    i don’t care how good you say these guys are the’re still jackasses to side with bloomberg. they get paid millions of dollars a year to do what most people do on the weekend to have fun. half of them are raoist,drug user’s or wife beaters,some role models!!!

  • Ross January 2, 2016, 1:25 pm

    Not surprising, has there ever been a group of gangsters that didn’t want the populace unarmed…

  • Charles Kimberl January 2, 2016, 10:36 am

    I don’t share your enthusiasm fort he NBA. As far as I am concerned, they are a bunch of generally lawless, spoiled and catered too, semi-illiterate aholes.

  • L Cavendish January 2, 2016, 4:59 am

    I am sure that all the folks in the hoods (and everywhere else) saw this PSA and immediately turned in their illegal guns…and are at this moment swearing off guns forever…
    Please go and take the illegal guns from gang members and drug dealers first…THEN we can talk about legally obtained guns.
    Maybe give game/season/playoff tickets to those that bring in guns…depending on how many and what kind? Signed shoes/jerseys/photos/etc. ?

  • Tim Robinson January 2, 2016, 12:00 am

    If you want to have an impact, do as I did and write to the NBA and express your disappointment, but more importantly watch an NBA game, jot down a list of ADVERTISERS, and write them, informing those advertisers that you will no longer purchase their products if they continue to support the anti-freedom efforts of Everytown for Gun Safety and the NBA. I have received several responses from those advertisers (usual BS, quite frankly) but if enough people take the time to write them a two or three sentence email, I will wager it will get them to reconsider their sponsorships. One things is for sure, doing nothing will result in nothing. Don’t be lazy when it comes to protecting your gun rights — spread the word on the gun forums, etc.!

  • Mr Robert Anton Novak January 1, 2016, 11:29 pm

    I will never support the NBA again, I will not watch any of their games, I will never buy any of their merchandise, so fck them all to hell.

  • Kane January 1, 2016, 11:20 pm

    Will the NBA speak out against “gangsta rap”? Will the NBA speak out against the psych-ops waged on virtually every segment of American Society by Hollywood? Well I never was an NBA fan and never will be one but now I am an enemy.

  • norm January 1, 2016, 11:12 pm

    Chances are, most players and/or their entourage are packing most of the time, ditto NBA bigwigs No shortage of hypocrisy here.

  • Larry January 1, 2016, 11:02 pm

    This shows that playing top quality basketball & having a brain are not necessarily compatible.

  • Cowboy46 January 1, 2016, 10:05 pm

    So you believe in the second amendment but not the first!

    • Kane January 1, 2016, 11:28 pm

      Who was it that you believe here would violate 1A? The NBA has taken a position against the 2A and that will come with consequences including an opponent expressing their opposition on the NBA’s stance. Maybe it’s you who opposes the 1A.

  • Cowboy46 January 1, 2016, 7:47 pm

    30 lives a day to guns! Outlaw the gun! How many traffic deaths a day? On the same premise we should outlaw motor vehicles.

  • Chief January 1, 2016, 6:23 pm

    GunsAmerica ,how about helping us get a list started to boycott these organizations,people,states ,products etc .We have to start somewhere and you guys have the forum . We must fight back in a manner that hurts them financially because money always talks .

  • Glennon January 1, 2016, 5:02 pm

    I quit watching thugs play pro basketball and football many years ago. This is my last year of watching thugs play college football, too, because they are getting away with way too much hotdog ghetto crap. If they leftwing in this country keeps pushing others are going to push back harder.

  • Steve H. January 1, 2016, 1:48 pm

    Black on Black murders are by far the #1 killer of young black men in places like Baltimore, Chicago, and other big cities. Why can’t these sports figures show that they are intelligent enough to realize that young black men killing their own are the problem, not guns or not even teaching people how to use guns safely. Can you see these Chicago black gang members taking a gun safety course to help them be safer with their stolen guns? Get real, NBA. Stay out of the political fight to eventually confiscate guns and more into making more of your free throws. Millions of people hold these NBA players in high esteem until they come out and vomit the Bloomberg agenda and involve themselves in counterproductive liberal politics.

  • M. L. January 1, 2016, 1:33 pm

    No worries, there are more gun owners than opponents of guns. And the number of proponents is growing everyday.

  • 04810103 January 1, 2016, 1:20 pm

    I value my guns over the nba! I’m done with them as well. They are suppose to promote sportsmanship and fair play, NOT a political position.

  • Lee January 1, 2016, 12:50 pm

    Never will I support the NBA again. From wholesome to punks and thugs. There are some exceptions for sure but not enough to make a difference. Good by NBA!

  • MagnumOpUS January 1, 2016, 12:38 pm

    NBA lies matter…

  • Mike January 1, 2016, 11:55 am

    I don’t watch or care anything about basketball, but my suggestion to the NBA is for them to get control of the thugs and criminals in the NBA and leave the rest of us alone.

  • Americafirst January 1, 2016, 11:49 am

    The NBA has it’s own issues with players that can’t seem to shake their gang banging past. It’s not the same sporting organization of years ago when kids could look up to them as role models. I haven’t watched an NBA game in years and never will.

  • scott beverly January 1, 2016, 7:08 am

    No more NBA games or purchases. Not allowed in my house also until they decide to stand up to bloomburg.

  • jakethepup January 1, 2016, 6:55 am

    I am absolutely certain that the wealthy NBA players are willing to give up their guns and armed body guards just like Bloomberg. Yeah Right. The elitists only want to eliminate guns for the masses. The hell with watching the NBA.

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