I completely understand why my good friend and Syracuse basketball legend Etan Thomas has such great love and respect for long-time Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim. Lastly night after getting his milestone 900th victory, Coach Boeheim could have just basked in the glory of his illustrious coaching career. Yet, he chose to exhibit real leadership on an issue that must be responsibly and reasonably resolved–out of control gun violence and access to high powered assusalt rifles. Of course, this issue is in the national spotlight because of the unimaginable school massacre in Newtown , Connecticut that saw 20 of the 28 people murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary school were children 6-8 years old.
In fact, I am in total agreement with Coach Boeheim as he states “If we cannot get the people who represent us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society…If one person in this world, the NRA president, anybody, can tell me why we need assault weapons with 30 shots – this is our fault if we don’t go out there and do something about this. If we can’t get this thing done, I don’t know what kind of country we have.”
In closing, Coach Boeheim, I believe we still live in a country that has a fighting chance to adhere to all of our august principles because of “Hall of Fame” people like you that put the good of the whole before themselves! Click here to hear the complete audio of Coach Boeheim’s thoughts on gun control.
Damario Solomon-Simmons, M.Ed., J.D., a former NCAA D-1 football player at the University of Oklahoma. He is the managing partner of SolomonSimmonSharrock & Associates law firm and an adjunct professor of African & African-American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His life’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or @solospeakstruth.