New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton expressed his strong opposition to using guns, after the shooting on Saturday night that left former player Will Smith dead that was allegedly caused by a road rage incident.
The incident happened only eight blocks from Payton’s home. It caused him to think all night and being unable to sleep so he ended up driving to the exact location of the shooting.
Sean Payton was at the same stand as the Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Alvin Gentry, coach of New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA. They wanted guns to be totally banned for it caused more crimes than keeping the people safe.
“I hate guns,” he said via USA Today. “I’ve heard people argue that everybody needs a gun. That’s madness. I know there are many kids who grow up in a hunting environment. I get that. But there are places, like England, where even the cops don’t have guns.”
Will Smith, a former New Orleans Saints defensive end and captain, was set to join the organization as Saints’ coaching staff intern according to Sean Payton.
With such curiosity about the weapon used to kill Smith, Payton browsed the internet to find some useful information.
“It was a large caliber gun. A .45,” Payton said via USA Today. “It was designed back during World War I. And this thing just stops people. It will kill someone within four or five seconds after they are struck. You bleed out. After the first shot (that struck Smith’s torso), he took three more in his back.”
The NFL world is still mourning Smith’s death especially those people close to him. Coaches, like Payton, don’t usually interfere regarding political matters, but he felt that he needed to burst out his stand against the use of guns after the tragic death of one of his notable Saints’ player.
The New Orleans Advocate reported that the alleged shooter Cardell Hayes, who was now facing second-degree murder, did not flee in the scene and waited for the officers to arrive. Hayes attorney, John Fuller, said that his client was not the aggressor.
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