San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler skips national anthem over Uvalde shooting

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Six years ago, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose not to stand for the national anthem, in to bring awareness to police violence against Black and Brown citizens. Now, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler is making a similar gesture, sparked by exasperation over the nation’s collective failure to protect children in school from being massacred by a weapon of war purchased legally by an 18-year-old.

Instead of kneeling or sitting while the song plays, Kapler will remain away from the field. He said he will proceed with his peaceful protest indefinitely.

Until I feel better about the direction of our country,” Kapler said, via Evan Webeck of the Bay Area News Group. “I don’t expect it to move the needle, necessarily. It’s just something I feel strongly enough about to take that step.”

Kapler said he wished he had done more on Tuesday, when the Giants played the Mets after the killing of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. The game was preceded by a moment of silence for the victims, followed by the playing of the anthem by Metallica.

“I knew that I was not in my best space mentally, and I knew that it was in connection with some of the hypocrisy of standing for the national anthem and how it coincided with the moment of silence and how those two things didn’t sync up well for me,” Kapler said.

Kapler explained the situation in his personal blog on Friday.

“Every time I place my hand over my heart and remove my hat, I’m participating in a self congratulatory glorification of the ONLY country where these mass shootings take place,” Kapler wrote. “My brain said drop to a knee; my body didn’t listen. I wanted to walk back inside; instead I froze. I felt like a coward. I didn’t want to call attention to myself. I didn’t want to take away from the victims or their families. There was a baseball game, a rock band, the lights, the pageantry. I knew that thousands of people were using this game to escape the horrors of the world for just a little bit. I knew that thousands more wouldn’t understand the gesture and would take it as an offense to the military, to veterans, to themselves.

“But I am not okay with the state of this country. I wish I hadn’t let my discomfort compromise my integrity. I wish that I could have demonstrated what I learned from my dad, that when you’re dissatisfied with your country, you let it be known through protest. The home of the brave should encourage this.”

Indeed it should. America isn’t great simply because we’re all expected to believe it and to say it — and to shun anyone who dares to disagree or to join the herd in a collective display of mandatory patriotism. America has to earn its greatness. Currently, in Kapler’s estimation, it isn’t.

His gesture comes at a time when Kaepernick finally, after five years of being ignored due to owners who simply lack the moral and financial courage to do the right thing (i.e., NFL owners are cowards), has gotten a workout with the Raiders. If others are committed to doing the right thing, of standing firm in the face of those who will huff and puff, Kaepernick will get more opportunities after more than a half-decade of getting none.

Like Kapler, Kaepernick participated in a peaceful protest. Kaepernick acted within the applicable NFL rules. He did nothing wrong.

With so much mayhem and carnage flowing from an unreasonable obsession, and wholly unrealistic interpretation, of the Second Amendment, it would be nice if those who live in the greatest nation on earth had a full commitment to the plain language of the First Amendment. And it would be great if some of the richest and most powerful people in the country set the right example for the rest of us.

40 responses to “San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler skips national anthem over Uvalde shooting

  1. ACTION is needed and this is just’ I’m upset gesture’ we ALL HAVE. It serves no MEANINGFUL ACTION! Until as a nation does alot of change ,this unfortunately may continue to happen. The point is ACTION is needed not gestures

  2. And what would this accomplish? Is this magically going to do anything? No. Not at all. He’s just doing it for attention. If you were trying to do something, do something with action. Sitting, not being there for the anthem does nothing. Absolutely nothing. All it does is divide people further, despite whether you’re for or against it.

  3. There are 45,000 deaths a year due to gun violence and the VAST majority of them are due to inner city gang violence with many innocent children among the victims.

    The majority of these shootings are in gun-free cities and unsurprisingly the shooters did not check with the law first before they shot their victims.

    There is certainly room to make it more difficult to obtain these guns, but my hunch is that it will make us feel better that we “did something”, but unfortunately not sure how effective they will be in stopping these shootings.

  4. You know it’s desperation time when things get so far out of hand that a baseball coach has to grab the leadership position for this nation. And when the folks who are allowing these slaughters of human life are calling themselves pro-lifers, you know we’ve been fooled.

  5. As long as we allow our politicians to be bought by lobbyists, we can’t expect meaningful change. Sandy Hook proved there is no mass shooting so horrific that it will change the willingness of the gun lobby to buy politicians and their willingness to be bought. The focus needs to be on the politicians to make legal changes. Most people in this country want background checks and limits on high-capacity magazines and weapons. Take the gun lobby out of the picture and let’s find out which politicians give a damn about the lives of their constituents.

  6. America DOES NOT have a gun problem. We have a bullet problem

  7. Just what we need a fool who doesn’t understand the situation having his idiocy amplified by another fool who doesn’t understand the situation.

  8. Yep I wish the elected would give their balls a tug and do something.

    Man up and do what the vast majority of the public wants.

    As a dad it is hard to watch any more of this. As a gun owner I know it is too easy. This is not that hard. The last one could not have happened with the simple laws that the vast majority of Americans want.

    I appreciate anyone with a platform using it. If it helps stop the insanity.

  9. Kapler is a dope. He lasted for five minutes in Philadelphia. As for the commentary on the second amendment, that’s what’s unreasonable. Passing Morgan laws is absolutely not going to help the problem. Or someone has to do is think it through. Who are you going to take the guns from? Who is going to be prevented from buying? Hint: it’s not the people we are trying to stop. Sure, we can raise the age to buy long guns and we can limit magazine capacity and mandate training and expand background checks to private sales. That’s all reasonable. But none of it is going to solve or even make the problem better. The flaw in thinking like that is that because you pass laws, bad people are going to follow them. You could have a mandatory nationwide buyback of all long guns and this would still happen at the same rate. The only answer is to harden the targets and to address mental and emotional health head on. Otherwise, you’ll just have a bunch of people like me turning in their guns.

  10. I seriously can’t understand people, children are being massacred, nothing is been done and they keep defending politicians as a way to “screw the other side”, this thing shouldn’t be political.

  11. This is one topic that I can see both sides of the argument. I think it’s okay if we make it tougher and more stringent for people to get guns (especially anyone under 21). While at the same time, maybe using armed security guards at “soft targets” like schools could potentially discourage people from picking these places as targets or maybe stop the carnage faster and limit the casualties.

  12. Kapler absolutely has a First Amendment right to protest. I fear that this move could split the locker room. I’d guess that there are at least a few card carrying members of the NRA on the Giants roster who will disagree with Kapler.

  13. Kapler obviously has good intentions, but this will be twisted very quickly into portraying sensible gun reform as something favored by people “who hate America”. People who are inclined to support some sensible gun reforms will not support it because they don’t want to think of themselves as aligned in any way with people who “disrespect” the flag. Kapler’s actions will look like disrespect to many people. Making change is about ADDING people to your cause, not SUBTRACTING them from your cause.

  14. Why is making you have to be over 21 to buy a semi-automatic weapon such an impossible law to pass?

  15. The second Amendment says clearly a well regulated Militia, so where is the well regulated Militia? I don’t see it. Outside of our armed forces, where is the well regulated Militia? Someone show me where any of this gun ownership is well regulated. Please, please, let us stop the madness, stop the insanity.

  16. Countries with strict gun laws don’t have mass shootings.

    End of story.

  17. redlikethepig says:
    May 28, 2022 at 11:36 am
    Why is making you have to be over 21 to buy a semi-automatic weapon such an impossible law to pass?
    Because we as a nation are being held captive by a minority of people in this country, that love and worship firearms so much, they are willing to sacrifice the lives of innocent children at the altar of the NRA.

  18. mancave2022 says:
    May 28, 2022 at 9:58 am
    As for the commentary on the second amendment, that is not the answer…The only answer is to harden the targets and to address mental and emotional health head on. Otherwise, you’ll just have a bunch of people like me turning in their guns.

    So your answer is to militarize our schools, to have multiple uniformed armed guards intimidating and frightening 1st graders. You want our children to believe that the only way to address violence is with greater violence. That should really improve their mental health.

    Speaking of mental and emotional health, gun advocates like you are the same people who continually claim that mental illnesses are fake. The same people who continually refuse to support funding for mental and emotional health treatment.

    Regarding turning in your guns, it is a shame that your self worth is so tied up in owning deadly weapons. Perhaps you need something more fulfilling in your life.?

  19. We can make it harder for people to obtain guns, especially assault rifles, for which I don’t see why ordinary citizens need them.
    But that alone doesn’t “stop the insanity” — it just masks it.
    The real issues are deeper and people like Gabe Kapler either don’t see them or are not willing to address them.
    A great place to start would be addressing absence of fathers in our society. What can we do as a society to start to turn this around? The benefits of a culture that encourages stronger families / healthy environment (commitment, encouragement, humility) would be exponential. But in one respect Kapler is right, we aren’t doing enough to move ourselves in this direction — in fact, generally the opposite.
    We can take away the guns, and Im OK with that. But that is not the definition of moving the country in the right direction.

  20. People say that guns aren’t the problem, and that people are the problem.
    Well, if people are the problem, then why are we giving the problem military-grade weapons?

  21. We’ve seen that trained police are unwilling to face down a shooter armed with an AR-15, but now we’re back to saying let’s arm the teachers?? They won’t even trust teachers to teach accurate American History, or to choose the right books from the library.

  22. His player gets in a fight over fantasy football and manager wants to protest the national anthem. He should do his job first.

  23. Why do people not realize that the national anthem is not at all a “congratulatory pat on the back”, it’s the recognition that we as a people have stood together, fought together, made it through horrible things together and are a TEAM. The UNITED states. We can face these horrible challenges together and in unity. It would be far grander a gesture to show our unity against this issue by standing together side by side, arm in arm, than kneeling or hiding away and bragging about “doing something” by disrespecting our most powerful symbol that we can do powerful things together.

  24. Too many Senators represent the will of their big money donors rather than the will of the people. Not likely to change. They’re even trying to subvert voting now as the final act.

  25. Protests don’t accomplish anything? Are you all to young to remember the Vietnam War or the Civil Rights movement?

    There is absolutely NO REASON for a private citizen to own an assault rifle or high capacity magazine. None.

  26. Kapler s intentions are good but will soon be forgotten as will the lives lost at the schools unless we eliminated At-15 type rifles for civilians. As a Viet Nam Vet who had to interrogate the wounded enemy I can tell you the damage is horrific. In Nam we used to say the most dangerous person in the world was an angry 18 year old American with an M-16. You want an assault rifle join the Marines, Army or the Seals you don’t need to hunt school kids and Bambi. I am not after your guns….you have a right to have them, but you have to wait longer for approval for an abortion than you do for an Ar-15…..think about that for a second you don’t have to wait to buy an implement of mass destruction…. The Supreme Court has made it possible for corporations to buy our elected officials resulting in the plague of money grabbers and morally corrupt idiots to seek office. Finally when you look at these ignorant heartless officials just remember they were elected by ignorant heartless voters. Fed up and not very proud of where our country is at.

  27. Hes a punk just like Kaep is. Total virtue signaling this wont help solve the issues with guns. Mental health issues are the problems not being addressed.

  28. “And when the folks who are allowing these slaughters of human life are calling themselves pro-lifers, you know we’ve been fooled.”

    So to be clear, you’re ok with millions of children being murdered by ways like having their brains vacuumed out, AND you want the government that lives off you and doesn’t follow the rules that you have to to be the only one with guns. Because there has never been a country where that didn’t turn out great for the people. Brilliant, intelligent, unemotional reasoning right there.

  29. I’d like those who say it’s just a mental health problem to explain why Trump and the GOP wanted to make big cuts for national mental health programs, please.

  30. “having their brains vacuumed out” ? Good grief, guessing you’re not a doctor.

  31. The Republicans are stopping a bill passing that would bring in better background checks (and just that, nothing else), this is a fact.

    You want to address people who shouldn’t have guns (ie that mental health thing you say you care about) that would be background checks.

  32. “Hardening the target” is tactically flawed as it won’t stop more mass killings. It may stop them at schools, but the targets will shift (hospitals, stores, sporting events etc). It won’t stop with schools, and it won’t stop until we start acting instead of reacting.

  33. Interesting reading all the comments here. Just ask yourself what is the end game. The only reason for the 2nd amendment is to protect American citizens from an overreaching government. And here we are asking law abiding citizens to give up that right. Freedom sometimes comes at a price. Our fate is in our hands….let us choose wisely. May God bless those who have lost someone who defended that Freedom.

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