As shootings continue, Jalen Hurts “prays for change”

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Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has spoken out about gun violence in the past, addressed the topic again on Wednesday, given that a shooting at a local high school football scrimmage left a 14-year-old boy dead and three others injured.

It’s very sad,” an emotional Hurts said, via Josh Tolentino of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Kids are doing what they love in a place where it’s supposed to be safe, where we say, ‘Go chase your dreams.’ They’re out there playing football, and they don’t make it home. It’s just very unfortunate. I’m praying for the families. I pray for change.”

Veteran defensive end Brandon Graham also addressed the situation.

“Kids escape violence by finding an outlet through sports,” Graham said. “Football is supposed to be a brotherhood, a safe space. That was extremely tragic for this city. And until you put more money in the areas that are struggling, it’s only going to get worse.”

They’re both right. It’s an awful situation, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. That doesn’t mean we all shouldn’t keep trying to find a way to end the madness that gradually has become normalized.

22 responses to “As shootings continue, Jalen Hurts “prays for change”

  1. Jaylen’s a good guy and has his head in the right place. But let’s be honest, prayers have never changed anything. Action does though.

  2. I applaud Jalen Hurts. I’m against gun violence. But I’m also against ALL violence. It’s interesting how so many people make excuses by blaming the weapon used instead of the people doing it.

  3. Any money put in needs to go directly to arresting and jailing the ones committing the crimes. Period. Way past reform,rehab,education etc.

  4. browns2022 says:
    September 28, 2022 at 8:17 pm
    Jaylen’s a good guy and has his head in the right place. But let’s be honest, prayers have never changed anything. Action does though.

    Prayer can lead your mind and spirit to the right place , therefore making your actions even more effective. But our politicians seem to do neither.

  5. skoldaddy2020: Who runs Uvalde, Texas?

    These problems are not exclusive to “D” or “R” places.

    They are, however, nearly exclusive to America.

  6. skoldaddy2020 says:
    September 28, 2022 at 8:16 pm
    Elect more Democrats. They’ve done an amazing job in Philadelphia.
    Uvalde TX is as conservative small town as you’ll find. Our country’s gun problems transcend Dem/Repub, urban/rural, race religion and gender.

    I agree with Jalen, it’s very sad.

  7. The system is working exactly how the powerful want. Systems can not fail those it was never meant to protect. Jaylan will probably realize that at some point. We’ve seen other players die on that hill though.

  8. A horrid place our country has become. Stones throw from Columbine thought it would change but continues to get worse.

  9. These big cities need aggressive policing. Instead mayors have made police afraid to do their job. A lot of this is to blame on big city politicians. This does not happen in smaller towns where police are allowed to do their jobs.

  10. Throwing money at a problem rarely works. There’s a generation out there now that does not value life and who think that problems are solved from the barrel of a gun. Until that mindset changes, the deaths will keep coming.

  11. Access to weapons of war, and poor gun laws allow crazy, angry people to kill the innocent. We need to change this.

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