Saturday, February 9, 2013
NFL greats star in new PSA against gun violence
A group of retired NFL stars have joined forces with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns program and put together a new public service announcement calling for Congress to tighten and reform gun control laws.
Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson appear in the simple black and while spot that comes on the heels of both the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the shocking murder/suicide by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher last December.
"How many more?" Sanders begins the 30-second Demand A Plan to End Gun Violence ad. "How many street corners?"
"How many more movie theaters?" adds Smith.
"How many more half-time moments of silence?" says Irvin — who was once himself the victim of an attempted armed carjacking at a Dallas intersection.
The former NFL players were drafted by the organization Bloomberg founded several years ago to campaign for gun control.
"Like most Americans, these football legends support sensible reforms that will help keep our children safe," said the mayor.
According to a USA Today poll, three out of four NFL players own firearms but at least seven NFL players have turned in their guns since the Belcher tragedy.