Shaquille O’Neal has some interesting thoughts on Uvalde

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal
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It can’t be easy being Shaquille O’Neal. I remember meeting him many years ago and thinking, “This is the greatest human being who ever lived.” Actually, that’s obviously not correct, but for those who have a 6ft 5 friend, and your life doesn’t often intersect with professional basketball, think about how taller that person is than anyone you see on a regular basis.

O’Neal is 7 foot-1 and has weighed over 300 pounds throughout his adult life with feet over size 20. Regardless of whether he became one of the greatest professional athletes of all time or not, people they would notice it. In response to rule no. 6 of Crash wedding cherished more than a decade before the movie was released: “Draw attention to yourself, but on your terms.”

From the Pepsi commercial where Shaq pulls the basket to himself, he has owned his bounty in the only way he knows, by imposing it on everyone else. On the pitch it made him one of the greatest players in NBA history, but it could also make him difficult to face. He liked the limelight and he liked being in charge. This is one of the reasons why his first two NBA collaborations, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway and the late Kobe Bryant, didn’t have storybook endings.

He has long admitted that his ego stood in the way of those partnerships, but O’Neal has been extremely thoughtful and introspective his entire life in recent weeks. He recently appeared on The pivot podcast and did an interview with Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report. Highlights included Shaq talking about suffering the consequences of being a selfish partner in marriage and living with the regret of never contacting Bryant and his late sister in his life.

He was moved into pre-game before the Golden State Warriors-Dallas Mavericks Game 4 contest Tuesday night, following the shootings and mass killings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Since O’Neal played high school basketball in nearby San Antonio, Ernie Johnson went to him first during TNT’s pre-game.

This was after they aired the video of a furious Steve Kerr calling into question Congress in general, and Mitch McConnell by name, for blocking a vote on a weapons reform bill that passed in the House of Representatives and was promptly blocked in the Senate. It’s a bill that would require nationwide background checks for firearms sales private parties. O’Neal agreed with Kerr that action is necessary, but said it is necessary go even further compared to just background checks. He said some people don’t show ID or go to the gun stand like Uvalde’s killer. “Let’s not forget the underground market… You have to check all the streets, not just talk about certain things and [forget] about other things “.

O’Neal was simply talking off the cuff about growing up in Newark, NJ – she would have been 9 in 1981, when the city had a record 161 homicides with a population of approximately 329,000. The point of him is very real though. For one, getting a federal firearms license isn’t that difficult. For USA Today, pay $ 200, give a fingerprint, a photo, pass a background check, and you too can legally sell guns in the United States. Also, according to that report, fewer than 15 percent of those licensed are inspected annually, and licenses are rarely revoked. “People are being killed every day,” O’Neal said. “Children are killed every day. … Where Kenny and I (Smith) come from, anyone can get a gun. ”

Much of this is due to the fact that the ATF is used as a shooting practice by the NRA. The lobbyist group used its influence to obstruct the government investigation agency responsible for tracking firearms in this country. According to New York Times, the number of inspectors overseeing arms transactions has decreased by 20% since 2001 as arms sales continue to reach record levels. The organization directly influenced the limits placed on the ATF’s ability to adjust forearms, as it did in 2011, when the NRA successfully lobbied for limits on unannounced inspections of weapons distributors. The NRA also worked to thwart the ATF’s Jack-and-the-Beanstalk-sized pile of paperwork. All this while the ATF estimates that 1.2% of retailers account for 57% of firearms attributable to crimes, according to the Times. They are just the ones tracked down, no matter the guns and criminals who are never found.

The ATF is forced to work unnecessarily hard to do less work, which is why straw buyers – people who can pass firearm background checks and then put the purchased weapon into the hands of someone who can’t – can put guns in anyone’s hands. For WTTW, Chicago is currently Sue an Indiana gun shop, Westforth Sports, for allowing hundreds of those kinds of gun purchases that were used in crimes around town.

When students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida got a chance to talk in Washington about the 17 people who were killed at their school in 2018, they certainly supported stricter gun laws. However, they also made sure to focus on low-income black and Hispanic communities where gun violence occurs most frequently. Because no matter how the weapons were purchased, they all come from the same places and cause the same horrific damage.

In less than two full weeks between a fanatic who killed 10 people in a grocery store in a mostly black neighborhood, and the Uvalde tragedy, there was a murder in a church in Orange County, California, inspired by anti-Taiwanese feeling, a senseless murder in a Chicago McDonalds that resulted from a fightand a man who shot his own wife and daughters in St. Clair County, Ala., before committing suicide. And there were many more.

The Big Diesel is about something, as were the young people in Parkland. Put it all together. Don’t separate these incidents from each other, because that’s how the indignation dies until another event goes horribly viral. All while the NRA remains steadfast in its belief that a gun should be subject to fewer regulations than a cereal box.

It is impossible to stop people from being angry, abusive, harmed, impoverished, bigoted, brainwashed, or anything that gets someone into the mindset of killing a person. But as good as HR 8 would be, so are like-minded people who come together for a common cause. The NRA has proven it works, and a more thoughtful 50-year-old Shaq wants people to apply those same principles but forever. There are many people in this country fed up with gun violence for many different reasons. Let us be indignant at each other, to give this problem the fuel it needs so that it doesn’t burn so quickly after what happened in Uvalde is no longer a topical event.

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