The Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy transcends towns, cities, states and even regions. It's a national issue, based on laws that allow citizens to own assault weapons, and one that has advocates from all walks of life using their bully pulpit to speak out on gun-control issues. Huskies Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun did just that on Tuesday, as did his longtime rival and contemporary, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.
Moments after winning his 900th game, an achievement worthy of recognition for obvious reasons, Boeheim instead used the opportunity to speak out against the Newtown, atrocities while offering up a commentary on the important issue of gun control.
“If we in this country as Americans cannot get the people that represent us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society,” Boeheim said after Syracuse beat Detroit …
“I’m a hunter. I’ve hunted,” the 68-year-old continued. “I’m not talking about rifles -- that’s fine," he continued. "If one person in this world -- NRA, president, anybody -- can tell me why we need assault weapons with 30 shots in the thing. … This is our fault. This is my fault, this is your fault, all your faults.”
You can see Boeheim's remarks in their entirety below:
“If we can’t get this thing done, I don’t know what kind of country we have,” the coach said. “Because this is about us."