When it comes to speaking out on social injustices, NBA star LeBron James is very open and displayed this Saturday when discussing the shooting incident that took place in Florida earlier this week, questioning how a 19 year old could very easily purchase a semi-automatic high powered rifle.
“We have a kid who (was) legally unable to buy a beer at a bar, but he can go buy an AR-15? It doesn’t make sense,” Lebron stated while being interviewed during All-Star weekend media availability.
LeBron went on to say, “I’m not saying it should be legal for him to go buy beer. But how is it possible that we can have minors go buy a gun? I don’t have the answer to it. But to the families in Parkland, down in Broward County, it’s sad and I’m sorry and it’s just a tragedy. I hope we don’t continue to see this because it’s too many in the last 10 years with guns.”
Earlier this week on Wednesday, a 19 year old, identified as Nikolas Cruz, who is currently in custody, went on a shooting spree at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School north of Miami (FL). The AR-15 assault rifle he used to kill 17 people, is believed to have been purchased at a store, which is legal in the state of Florida for anyone who is at least 18 years old. In order to legally drink alcohol in the state of Florida you must be at least 21.
LeBron James also spent some of Saturday and Friday, during the 2018 NBA All Star weekend, answering questions about FOX News host Laura Ingraham, who expressed her displeasure with James and fellow NBA All Star Kevin Durant’s recent criticism of United States President Donald Trump.
Source: Chick, John. “LeBron Questions Gun Laws after Latest Shooting Massacre.” TheScore.com, TheScore, 18 Feb. 2018, www.thescore.com/nba/news/1488444-lebron-questions-gun-laws-after-latest-shooting-massacre