Mass shootings have become so common in the United States that sometimes I’ll sit through almost an entire hour of CNN before they get around to mentioning it. That’s what happened on Thursday with the shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
We are well past the point of needing common-sense gun control laws in this country. The tipping point should have been Sandy Hook, when our young children were slaughtered in an elementary school classroom and forced to pay for our sins. The news of yet another mass shooting almost fell on deaf ears as the country was already reeling from an endless news cycle and an upending mid-term election.
After all the thoughts and prayers have been exhausted and the “now’s not the time to politicize this” statements are made, we still have to live with the fact that we’ve done nothing to make Americans safer. In fact, in the wake of these events, we see the automatons come out in force with their inane arguments for why gun control won’t work or why it’s un-American to even suggest it. I’m going to look at some of these arguments a little closer to dispel each with more detail.
The intersection of sports and politics has been a hot topic in recent years, but it’s not new. Whether it was the Tommie Smith and John Carlos Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics, or Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem in the NFL, sports and politics have been unlikely dance partners for a very long time. Yet, in today’s highly partisan world, simply expressing your personal opinion on social media can draw the ire of those who’d rather you said nothing at all.
We won’t be silent. While we love and write about sports, we also have a civic responsibility to be engaged in the matters of the day. Sharing our personal opinions is not just a right, it is the core of what makes this country great. For those who wish for us to be silent, you can be assured that we won’t be sticking to sports.