Several weeks ago, Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on a crowd of people attending an outdoor country music festival from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and wounding more than 515.
In response to the horrific massacre, the San Francisco 49ers recently donated $500,000 to a campaign pushing for stricter firearm regulations. Apparently, the campaign is also supported by several police groups who hope that reforming gun laws will help ease tensions between officers and the public, which is what’s at the heart of the National Anthem protests that are currently plaguing the NFL.
Specifically, the 49ers recently joined the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, and several other major law enforcement unions from across the country in signing a “Pledge for a More Understanding and Safer America.” According to reports, the pledge calls for the banning of “bump stocks,” which are attachments that use the recoil of a semi-automatic firearm to fire shots in rapid succession, essentially simulating the ability of a fully automatic weapon, and any other mechanism that lets a gun to do something similar. It also seeks to ban armor-piercing bullets and gun silencers.
On top of pushing for stricter gun regulations, those signed onto the pledge have also agreed to help lead an initiative to partner with other professional sports franchises, businesses and faith-based and community leaders to “create a public awareness campaign designed to improve police and community relationships.”
Upon coming together, the 49ers and the coalition of police unions held a press conference announcing their partnership. When asked about whether or not the pledge has anything to do with the National Anthem protests, Jed York, the owner of the 49ers, insisted that the two were not related.
Specifically, he said, “I don’t think that this has anything to do with protesting. This is about trying to find common sense legislation.” To clarify, he added, “it just seems insane to me that a citizen can buy something like that. If we want to keep stadiums safer, and entertainment venues around this country safer, we need to be very vigilant about things like bump stocks and other things like that.”
In addition to York, Ed Mullins, the President of the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association, also spoke at the press conference. During his speech, he made sure to compliment York for his willingness to work with them.
“I think today’s message is one of leadership. I’d like to commend Mr. York for taking a step with law enforcement to begin to address issues that are dividing a nation,” praised Mullins.
“We do not take these steps lightly today. However, as a country, if we hope to make any progress on making this a more understanding a safer country, it will take all of us to leave our comfort zones,” added Rob Harris, the Director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
They also released a statement describing their reasons for coming together in further detail. “The duty of law enforcement must also include actively participating in bringing our nation together and working to foster a more understanding and compassionate national dialogue around community and police officer relations,” they explained in the statement.
“We believe that professional sports teams should utilize their capacity to reach millions of Americans to promote initiatives that help law enforcement professionals and the citizens they serve understand their respective experiences and to listen to one another with an open mind and heart,” they added.
Hopefully, the 49ers are unsuccessful in their attempt to pass stricter gun regulation. To ensure that this happens, conservatives in California need to work together and speak out against the left’s creeping authoritarianism.