Jalen Hurts on gun violence: “Something’s got to change”

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When athletes talk about social or political issues, many often shout, “Stick to sports.” When athletes talk about the issue of gun violence, those cries are more rare and muted.

And for good reason. “Stick to sports” is the chorus of those who disagree with what the athlete is saying. Few disagree with the voices who want Americans to stop shooting and killing each other with guns.

On Friday, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts added his voice to the constant call for change from the governed to those doing the governing.

Everybody is impacted by it one way or another,” Hurts said, with the team’s official website. “Everyone sitting here may have kids, someone they love. It all matters whether that be just spreading love, appreciating what you have, but ultimately getting this artillery off the streets and making true change and that’s something we urge in all our communities, in the community of Philadelphia. . . . It’s got to change. Something’s got to change.”

And he knows it’s not just an issue of gun safety. It’s promoting feelings and values that make people less inclined to do violence to others.

“We have opportunities to spread hope, love, encouragement, and uplift those around us,” Hurts said. “I take that to heart. Being able to spend time with a kid means the world to me. Some kids get to a point where they lose hope. There’s so much negativity out there they feel like that’s the easy route to go but it doesn’t have to be like that. It doesn’t have to be like that.”

Change comes one heart at a time. It sounds trite, but it’s true. This epidemic of gun violence has many causes. It’s time for solutions, because it’s too easy for the people who don’t like a given solution to focus the blame on one of the other causes.

42 responses to “Jalen Hurts on gun violence: “Something’s got to change”

  1. So well said. We’d benefit from a little more positivity in our lives.

  2. Well done, Jalen, and nice job setting up his second quote. Unusual clarity on the subject.

  3. Through love, unity and logic we can find a path to a working solution for any conceivable problem.

  4. What needs to change is men need to quit abandoning their children and instead invest the time to parent them properly

  5. I’m hearing a lot of calls to action with very few proposed solutions. I’m not sure there are any good answers.

  6. skcusoirolf says:
    June 4, 2022 at 5:22 pm
    It’s not the gun, it’s the human
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    Innocent people die and this lame response keeps resurfacing. No hunter needs an assault weapon. Civilians outside the military don’t need assault weapons. No civilian needs body armor. Only paranoid civilians need assault weapons and body armor.

  7. Nothing needs to change. So many say the USA is the best country on the entire planet. Always and forever.

  8. It’s not the gun, it’s the human!!!
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    Absolutely true but until we find a cure for the human condition we maybe should look into ways to make it more difficult to cause mass murder. No other country suffers from this problem, which is because no other first world country has more guns than people.

  9. And yet, more people want to be part of America than any other place on the planet. In fact, it’s not even close. 3 times the number of people want to immigrate to this country than the 2nd Country on the list, Germany. I have been around the world several times, lived and worked in many countries. With all of our perceived problems, there is no place else on Earth most of the world’s people would rather be, than America. Yes, our Republic has plenty of problems, but nowhere else on Earth will you enjoy the opportunities, prosperity, freedoms and benefits found found in the USA. And whether you agree with it or not, people have and must have the right and means to defend the privileges we enjoy.

  10. Gun owners are not going to give up their guns. Just give up already.

  11. He’s right. Our country is being held hostage by fanatics who won’t even allow discussion on the topic. There are a huge number of measures that could be taken that would save lives without preventing a single law-abiding citizen from exercising their rights. But the fanatics continue to believe an unlimited number of murdered kids is an acceptable price for them to not have to change at all. It has to change.

  12. Part of what has to change is some people’s woeful understanding of firearms. People, prominent people, are completely clueless and it hurts their effectiveness as advocates. Also, if you really want to fix the problem of violence with guns, you need to start in the urban areas, where the greatest number of gun crimes occur. The overwhelming number of people injured or killed are black and brown, yet we do NOTHING.

  13. It’s not a gun problem… It’s bad people with a gun problem.

  14. I look at the situation as what could stop it. Better school security and cops not waiting over an hour to enter. Also as soon as someone posts pics of there assault weopons on social media thats a bad sign.

  15. “A well-regulated militia…”
    “Well-regulated” is the key phrase in the Second Amendment. “Well-regulated” probably doesn’t mean dozens of uncontrolled violent splinter groups. “Well-regulated” could easily mean proper training after a thorough background check and waiting period, like the other countries that don’t have this problem. Any wacko can now buy a high-velocity semi-automatic weapon that can be modified to fully automatic, and the police are scared to go up against a weapon like that. It’s easy to call someone who has committed a mass shooting mentally disturbed, but so far it has been impossible to to tell in advance who is mentally disturbed enough to do that. Nobody is blaming the gun when it is recognized around the world that civilians don’t need assault weapons.

  16. We need to get the criminals off the streets and keep them off poor leadership in Democrat controlled cities is the problem not guns. Stop blaming inanimate objects for evils humans do it’s a sad cop out.

  17. There are a magnitude more deaths annually in America related to alcohol than guns. Yet, I have not seen one of these players make a stand against an alcohol company and I doubt I ever will.

  18. Angel Valle says:
    June 4, 2022 at 7:26 pm
    We need to get the criminals off the streets and keep them off poor leadership in Democrat controlled cities is the problem not guns. Stop blaming inanimate objects for evils humans do it’s a sad cop out.

    81Rate

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    …. Stop blaming inanimate objects … assault weapons (kill more) > a door knob

  19. Billions of American dollars to Ukraine but zero American dollars to secure our schools.

  20. Will some of the anti gun folks on here please explain to me what an “assault weapon” is ???
    You all still want to blame the gun huh?? I’ve never had a gun walk out of my gun safe and point itself at someone and go off. Never ever!! Guns do not kill people!!! Idiots do..kids that were left without father figures do..adults with mental issues do.. but the gun does not do the killing or shooting in its own. And until a gun can walk out of my locked gun safe on its own ans shoot someone I will never ever give up my right to own firearms!!!

  21. If humans are dangerous we should keep them from having free access to deadly weapons.

  22. “Something’s got to change”. He is correct. So let’s change what we can control. Implement Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK’s proven solution before any more kids are murdered.

  23. I care more about kids than someone’s belief its their right to own an assult rifle.

  24. By looking at all the negative votes on postings that even hint at some sort of gun control it is very obvious the NFL has a meathead problem…

  25. There are a magnitude more deaths annually in America related to alcohol than guns. Yet, I have not seen one of these players make a stand against an alcohol company and I doubt I ever will.

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    No one has ever killed 19 children with a vodka bottle

  26. Jaleen, stick to subjects which you have a clue. Firearms, like playing QB, are not areas you show any competence.

  27. Ugh , the “guns do not kill people, people kill people” argument. The other side hears this and agrees. The second amendment is not getting repealed anytime soon. We’re just asking for background checks so certain people (you know, the ones who kill people) don’t have easy access to buy AR 15s.

    If anyone can straight face defend a mentally disturbed 18 year old’s American liberty to go into a Wal Mart and buy a semi automatic weapon without a background check, I feel bad for you.

    The fact that we as a country can’t make this basic common sense a law, I feel bad for all of us.

  28. here are a magnitude more deaths annually in America related to alcohol than guns. Yet, I have not seen one of these players make a stand against an alcohol company and I doubt I ever will.

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    Apples and oranges….a guns sole purpose is to shoot something or someone, it’s a killing mechanism that can be used for good or bad.

    Alcohol does cause deaths, a car does as well, but those are typically accidents. The intended use or alcohol or a car is not to kill.

  29. The poster who said alcohol kills more people than guns is dead on. No one ever talks about that. Well, people on alcohol kill people just like bad people with guns (possibly on alcohol or other drugs – alcohol is a legal drug) kill people.

  30. We always had guns,but never had the sexual immorality, paganism, atheism that is prevalent these days. 12 year olds took loaded rifles to school. No shootings. Kids used to get disciplined, not coddled and “understood ” like today. There are more guns than people. The problem is a horror story, but a minute number of people serve the demons that provoke them. I would never disarm after the fixed trials, government corruption of our justice system and federal police, leftist politicians who have already made the move to strip us of the Bill of Rights. These guys were advertising their insanity but authorities just watched. I think they were happy it happened. I’ll never forget Rahm Emmanuel comment “Never let a good tragedy go to waste”.

  31. America tolerates too much violence regardless of the means to deliver it. The problem is the people not the guns.

  32. When someone walks into a classroom, holds the police at bay for an hour, and murders bunch of 4th graders with beer, we should ban beer. Until then let’s focus preventing gun violence.

  33. pacman says:

    No one has ever killed 19 children with a vodka bottle

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    3,000 kids per year are killed in drunk driving accidents. I would say vodka has killed a lot more than 19 children.

  34. catquick says:
    June 4, 2022 at 9:09 pm
    We always had guns,but never had the sexual immorality, paganism, atheism that is prevalent these days.

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    Actually, we have always had those things, and you’d be naive to think otherwise.

    But we definitely haven’t “always had” AR-15-style rifles as easy to buy as a pack of gum. And they keep showing up, again and again, at almost all of these types of needless slaughters.

  35. If anyone can straight face defend a mentally disturbed 18 year old’s American liberty to go into a Wal Mart and buy a semi automatic weapon without a background check, I feel bad for you.

    The fact that we as a country can’t make this basic common sense a law, I feel bad for all of us. I feel bad for you that you dont know the law only Democrat talking points semiautomatic really lol that means one bullet per trigger pull😉. Ill add We already have background checks in this country you can not buy a handgun or rifle without one. Lastly criminals dont follow laws so this common sense charade isnt fooling anyone it’s about control and taking away god given unalienable rights from Americans who aren’t going for it.

  36. But we definitely haven’t “always had” AR-15-style rifles as easy to buy as a pack of gum. And they keep showing up, again and again, at almost all of these types of needless slaughters. Learn what you’re talking about before you talk Ar15’s have been sold to civilians since 1964 😉

  37. But we definitely haven’t “always had” AR-15-style rifles as easy to buy as a pack of gum. And they keep showing up, again and again, at almost all of these types of needless slaughters. Learn what you’re talking about before you talk Ar15’s have been sold to civilians since 1964 background checks started in 1968 so they were once much easier to buy😉

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