Jeffrey Lurie has joined the chorus of U.S. citizens calling for a ban of assault weapons.
In a statement released on Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles owner asserted that assault weapons with high-capacity magazines represent a threat to public safety. Lurie also wants universal background checks.
“Enough is enough! Assault weapons loaded with high-capacity magazines are a clear threat to public safety and should be banned. Furthermore, research shows that if a federal ban was still in place for assault weapons, there would be 70 percent fewer mass shooting deaths. Additionally, a mandatory universal background check could have a significant impact on mass shootings by ensuring that these dangerous firearms are not getting into the wrong hands.”
This statement, of course, comes in the aftermath of a shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 students and two teacher dead. Just a week before, an 18-year-old opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood, killing 10 people and wounding three others in what authorities described as “racially motivated violent extremism.”
The Eagles marked National Gun Violence Awareness Day by changing their social media logo to orange and wearing orange practice jerseys to symbolize the day.
Like many mass shootings before, we’ll just have to wait and see if the government actually does anything this time around. If history tells us anything, we won’t see change and will be sitting ducks as we wait for the next tragic event to happen.