NFL Players Turning In Their Guns Following Belcher Murder-Suicide
5 months ago
At least seven players have surrendered firearms.
In the wake of the Jovan Belcher and Kasanda Perkins murder-suicide tragedy, Sport Illustrated reports that at least seven NFL players have turned in their guns.
Despite being targets themselves because of the amount of money they make, many of the players say they are disarming themselves because they don't trust themselves with the weapons.
But not all agree with the gesture.
"The majority of people own them, you know, especially in the places that they're legal," says Belcher's former Kansas City Chiefs teammate Brandon Siler. "People don't go out and shoot other people. Most of the time they're for self-defense or sport. Yeah, people own guns, but did you ever hear him say anything about harming someone with a gun? No."
He continued, "Just because we're in the NFL, that doesn't make us no different," he said last week. "You never know when someone would try to rob you or whatever. ... I've worked hard to get where I am. I'll be damned if I'd let someone just take it away from me, period."