Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has called on politicians to make it harder to “buy those crazy guns everyone uses”.
The 25-year-old, who took the Bengals to the Super Bowl in February, was asked about his views on gun reform during a press conference on Tuesday.
“If you don’t want to ban everything, at least make it harder with everything that’s going on to get those crazy guns that everyone uses,” Burrow replied.
“I don’t think you should be able to just walk in and buy one. You have to be able to go through a rigorous process to be able to buy something like that, I think.
“Hopefully the people who get paid to make those decisions will find out.
“My job is to play football, but hopefully the politicians can figure that out.”
Bengals QB Joe Burrow, on gun reform: “If you’re not going to ban everything, you should at least make it harder to get those crazy guns that everyone else uses.” Here’s his full response, via @Bengal† pic.twitter.com/xJo1dOWsBA
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Burrow’s comments were praised by gun reform activists on Twitter.
Fred Guttenburg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the 2018 Parkland shooting, said: “Thank you Joe Burrow.”
Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander said: “Nobody would be surprised if he stayed neutral, saying violence is bad, but also people’s rights are good, so I hope we can all come together.
“Instead, he said it’s too easy to buy a gun, especially certain guns.”
A bipartisan group of senators said on Sunday they had reached an agreement on modest weapons reform measures.
The legislation would expand background checks for those under 21 to search juvenile court records, as well as a federal grant program that will encourage states to pass red flag laws, allowing family members or law enforcement to petition courts to impose temporary restrictions. . certain persons from possession of firearms.
It also prohibits those convicted of domestic violence from possessing a firearm.
On Tuesday, Senate minority group leader Mitch McConnell said he would support the package, which also includes “billions” in funding for mental health programs and efforts to improve safety in schools across the country.
Sen. Chris Murphy, the lead Democratic negotiator on the legislation, said in a statement the framework was a “breakthrough” that, if passed, “will save thousands of lives.”
House Democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have expressed concerns that the legislation could lead to “youth crime”.