These NBA players get real about guns — and they don’t hold back.
Reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry has an adorable 3-year-old daughter named Riley.
He takes her everywhere he goes.
She’s even been known to take over a press conference or two.
Like any father, the thought of losing his daughter to a sudden, tragic act of violence is too terrible for Curry to contemplate.
With Riley in mind, Curry and several of his NBA colleagues made a video calling for an end to the unacceptable plague of gun deaths in America.
The fear of losing a child to gun violence cuts across the generations.
Later in the video, the Clippers’ Chris Paul talks about growing up with the fear of becoming a statistic.
The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony is even blunter.
While tragedies like San Bernardino and Sandy Hook grab the headlines for good reason this problem goes far beyond high-profile mass shootings.
Ending gun violence is often a controversial subject but it doesn’t have to be.
Any discussion of placing new restrictions or conditions on gun ownership tends to devolve into a shouting match between well-meaning people on both sides. It tends to get very emotional, as issues of life and death often do.
The good news is, we all want the same thing: fewer people killed in shootings.
The better news is, we mostly agree on the first steps toward getting there. An overwhelming majority of Americans support background checks for gun purchases including a majority of NRA members. A similarly vast majority is in favor of closing the gun-show loophole, which allows firearm sales by private dealers without background checks.
These are common-sense reforms we can all get behind.
Because regardless of where you stand on the issue, the Bulls’ Joakim Noah hits the nail on the head.
Watch the NBA stars as well as ordinary Americans whose lives have been upended by gun violence get real about what it’s going to take below.