Allen Hurns, Robert Kraft pay tribute to Parkland victims

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Wide receiver Allen Hurns wore No. 88 with the Jaguars, but he’s a teammate, for now at least, of Dez Bryant after signing with the Cowboys and that means he needs new digits for his uniform.

Hurns opted for No. 17 and the Miami native explained on 105.3 The Fan that his choice was inspired by the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14.

“The Douglas shooting that was in Florida, 17 people lost their lives, so I chose that number,” Hurns said, via the Dallas Morning News.

Hurns isn’t the only member of the NFL to keep those shooting victims in mind this week. After a request from former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, Patriots owner Robert Kraft provided the team’s plane to take students from the school, including some who were wounded in the attack, and families of the victims to Washington for last weekend’s “March for Our Lives.”

“I just thought this is a way for our organization to reach out to these people who were hurting bad,” Kraft said, via the Boston Herald. “I can’t think of a worse unnatural thing than losing a child. Think of little kids going to school and seeing bullets, in America, going over their head. Something’s not right, and we’ve got to fix it. Congratulations to these kids for trying to get the attention of this country focused on it. I hope our friends in Washington are smart enough to figure out a way to listen to one another and do something that can be positive.”

SI.com reports that Kraft wrote that “it is an honor for us to now partner with you as you push for progress” in a letter left for each person traveling on the plane.

38 responses to “Allen Hurns, Robert Kraft pay tribute to Parkland victims

  1. I love both gestures. This issue has to stay in the media.

    And for those of you who don’t think high school kids can organize these marches on their own … my senior year in high school I made the front page of the paper after I presented the county board of commissioners with petitions, told them that 18 year olds can vote, and reminded them that not a lot of people vote for county beaurocrats — they could be easily replaced.

    People that young have a lot more energy to doggedly pursue an issue than us older folks. As one of our former Presidents would say, don’t misunderestimate them.

  2. That was a great $1 million gesture from Kraft, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that he had the stones to take a jab at the Orange Weave. Nice words from Hurns too.

  3. Common sense gun control laws like proper background checks will not prevent those legally entitled to have guns from getting them. The NRA’s and extreme right’s criticism of these kids has been disgusting.

  4. RIP. As far as those thinking we need more laws, what law would’ve prevented this? It’s more important to highlight that this guy was a known problem, reported to the FBI and local police and nothing was done. Yet it’s some how the NRA fault. Get real

  5. Not one wants to see kids shot and killed in schools. But can we not act like this is some epidemic? Since Columbine, 122 have been shot and killed in schools. That’s nearly twenty years ago. Do we want it to happen at all? Obviously not. But why don’t we enforce current laws first and when the FBI gets tipped off about someone, maybe they should actually do something about it instead of doing nothing.

  6. You don’t give gun grabbers an inch, because they wont stop until theyve taken a mile. The solution is not to throw the baby out with the bathwater and start taking away people’s righta and handing them over to an ever more powerful State.

  7. Over 40 calls to police about this shooter and they did nothing.
    At least 1 call to FBI about the shooter and they did nothing.

    And it’s the NRA’s fault?

  8. Got to say I admire both men for stepping up and showing support for the kids and the cause. Nothing but kind thoughts for their intentions.

  9. exnavysub says:
    March 28, 2018 at 8:01 pm
    Not one wants to see kids shot and killed in schools. But can we not act like this is some epidemic? Since Columbine, 122 have been shot and killed in schools. That’s nearly twenty years ago. Do we want it to happen at all? Obviously not. But why don’t we enforce current laws first and when the FBI gets tipped off about someone, maybe they should actually do something about it instead of doing nothing.

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    122 people are shot in Chicago every few weeks…..and Chicago has some of the strongest gun laws in the country.

  10. If only the police that waited outside (and stopped others from entering) while children were being slaughtered inside had shown such courage and commitment.

    How is that incompetent and politicized Sheriff still employed?

  11. vicnocal says:
    March 28, 2018 at 8:06 pm
    You don’t give gun grabbers an inch, because they wont stop until theyve taken a mile. The solution is not to throw the baby out with the bathwater and start taking away people’s righta and handing them over to an ever more powerful State.

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    Yeah I get it, mass slaughters are OK as long as you show those “gun grabbers” what for.

    This inflexible attitude to do anything at all for the common good may well drive the fed up masses to push all the way to repeal the 2nd amendment, and that attitude would by why it happened.

  12. Why does anybody think that creating laws banning certain types of guns will prevent people from acquiring those guns? Did making certain types of drugs illegal stop people from using those drugs?

  13. exnavysub says:
    March 28, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    RIP. As far as those thinking we need more laws, what law would’ve prevented this? It’s more important to highlight that this guy was a known problem, reported to the FBI and local police and nothing was done. Yet it’s some how the NRA fault. Get real

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    I dont know if laws would have prevented this. But I dont think that a mentally disturbed underaged kid should have been able to buy himself an assault rifle in a legal sale. I’m aware of all the red flags that were missed, and the balls dropped by the FBI, there is plenty of blame to go around. But still some of it goes to the laws that allowed that kid to just walk into a store and buy weapons (he owned quite a few). Also think his parents (foster) who said they saw nothing wrong with a mentally disturbed child (documented) with a history of violent outbursts (also documented) should have been allowing that child to own his own guns. I think there should be accountability for things like that. To be clear, I think the people that want to take away all guns and eliminate the second amentment are ridiculous. The majority of gun owners are responsible and careful with their weapons and we should not strip away their rights because of a smaller number of people that are idiots and/or psychos. But we do need some common sense laws to at least try to reign in the idiots and/or psychos. If the responsible gun owners werent so afraid of losing everything they would help with this because carelessness with weapons offends them probably more than non gun owners. But they are going to stick to their extreme because of the anti gun people are locked onto one too. Its a shame because the answer needs both sides to come off those extremes and meet in the middle somewhere.

  14. Just a side note to what I see a couple guys above saying about needing to protect themselves from the state. A guy with an assault rifle or ten of them that thinks he is protected has no grasp of what our military can do really. If they ever seriously come for him he is going to go down faster than he can think about it. To that end the energy is better spent working together to insure we never have a state we need to defend against.

  15. The NRA opposes the most innocuous of measures to address gun violence. They are a blight on our country. They have propagandized this Nation 24/7/365 for a quarter of a century… about a deliberate misreading of the 2nd Amendment…

    Read Justice Stevens editorial in NYT. The 2nd Amendment has been hijacked by weapons manufacturers as a vital means to ensure even greater sales of weapons of war.

    Regulation and enforcement are sorely needed.

  16. This band of young people will end up being the first generation to protest and demand the right to give up their (and our) rights instead fighting for new ones.

  17. most people are uniformed on gun laws. There already are background checks. There are waiting periods. The AR15 looks scary but does not fire any faster than a handgun.

    Gun laws are doing nothing in Chicago because criminals don’t follow laws.

    Nobody wants crazy people or criminals with guns, but the answer is not making it tougher on the law abiding.

  18. nhpats says:
    March 28, 2018 at 8:33 pm
    exnavysub says:
    March 28, 2018 at 8:01 pm
    Not one wants to see kids shot and killed in schools. But can we not act like this is some epidemic? Since Columbine, 122 have been shot and killed in schools. That’s nearly twenty years ago. Do we want it to happen at all? Obviously not. But why don’t we enforce current laws first and when the FBI gets tipped off about someone, maybe they should actually do something about it instead of doing nothing.

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    122 people are shot in Chicago every few weeks…..and Chicago has some of the strongest gun laws in the country.
    – – –

    Maybe if we gave a little help to some of the people who need it in Chicago, we wouldn’t have 122 people shot every few weeks.

    Do we care enough to make that investment in the community?

    Yeah, didn’t think so.

  19. I only hope that if there is a march in support of the second amendment, that he makes the same plane available to the students of Parkland.

  20. usa98j30t4 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 6:52 am
    I only hope that if there is a march in support of the second amendment, that he makes the same plane available to the students of Parkland.
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    Why would you expect that of Kraft? He clearly has a stance on this issue (ie the letter he left for the passengers of the place) – and its not on the side of those that hold the 2nd amendment oh so dearly.

    Maybe the NRA could lend their plane…

  21. usa98j30t4 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 6:52 am
    I only hope that if there is a march in support of the second amendment, that he makes the same plane available to the students of Parkland.

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    I would hope that those that support that side care enough to step up and do the helping rather than just hoping the other side foots their bill for them.

  22. I am Stoneman Douglas Class of 2004… I helped organize March for our Lives Parkland and MfoL DC… I took 150 students to DC personally via bus and was honored to be one of 5 people to carry the MSD Alumni banner down the streets of Washington last Saturday. I would personally like to thank Mr. Kraft for what he did with the giffords foundation (we the organizers only knew they had secured planes, not who’s planes they were lol). To Allen Hurns…. It’s all about Da U…. thank you for honoring our victims. Be Passionate. Be Positive. Be Proud to be an Eagle.

  23. usa98j30t4 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 6:52 am
    I only hope that if there is a march in support of the second amendment, that he makes the same plane available to the students of Parkland.

    ********
    You just don’t get it.

  24. Raising the age to buy a gun is not going to cure anything like this. Anyone determined to murder innocent people/children can buy a gun or assault weapon just about anywhere on the black market. Laws ARE in place already. If you murder someone you go to prison probably for life. But people still murder people. Laws are in place that the distribution and sale of heroin is illegal with Stiff punishment. People are still dying by the tens of thousands from over dosed every year

    Laws simply put, does not stop crazy or addiction. There’s laws against terroism but people still use themselves as human bombs to murder innocent people

    If one law NEEDS to be changed it’s the HIPPA law on allowing a persons medical record to be seen when applying for permission to purchase a gun. This is a must. It will not end people committing murder but it will help immensely in curbing it.

  25. People aren’t blaming the NRA for the shooting itself; they’re blaming the NRA for obstructing any and all gun control policy, no matter how small.

  26. exnavysub says:
    March 28, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    RIP. As far as those thinking we need more laws, what law would’ve prevented this? It’s more important to highlight that this guy was a known problem, reported to the FBI and local police and nothing was done. Yet it’s some how the NRA fault. Get real
    _______________________________________________________________________________________

    The NRA gets in the way of gun control, even the smallest initiatives. My question to you is, why does anyone in the US need an AR or any other semi automatic weapon that is easy to modify to fully automatic? I have yet to hear a good reason.

  27. nhpats says:
    March 28, 2018 at 8:33 pm
    exnavysub says:
    March 28, 2018 at 8:01 pm
    Not one wants to see kids shot and killed in schools. But can we not act like this is some epidemic? Since Columbine, 122 have been shot and killed in schools. That’s nearly twenty years ago. Do we want it to happen at all? Obviously not. But why don’t we enforce current laws first and when the FBI gets tipped off about someone, maybe they should actually do something about it instead of doing nothing.
    ———-
    122 people are shot in Chicago every few weeks…..and Chicago has some of the strongest gun laws in the country.
    —————————————————————————————– Obviously there is NOT enough laws in Chicago. Let’s talk about NYC shall we? A city where 2000 murders occurred yearly. What did NYC do? They cleaned up the joint. Cracked down on crimes like drug dealing and prostitution. Employed the homeless to clean up the city. Moved to make it seem not impossible to succeed for the poorest of the poor, the disenfranchised. Chicago needs to follow NYC’s model. Clean up the joint. Give people some hope, another path to take. People who have nothing to lose or nothing to gain are going to act accordingly.

  28. kindbass says:
    March 29, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    People aren’t blaming the NRA for the shooting itself; they’re blaming the NRA for obstructing any and all gun control policy, no matter how small.
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    The NRA is saying it isn’t a gun law issue. It’s a failure of law enforcement from the FBI and the local Sheriffs department that can’t seam to do their job when confronted with evidence of who this person was and what he wanted to do.

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