Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released a statement on Friday calling for a ban on assault weapons with high-capacity magazines and “proper gun safety legislation.”
Lurie’s statement came as Eagles players marked National Gun Violence Awareness Day by wearing orange practice shirts to honor survivors and victims of gun violence.
The Eagles weren’t the only franchise to participate in National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday. The Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Commanders also participated.
“Our hearts break for those who suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to gun violence,” Lurie said. “These unspeakable tragedies wreak havoc in our communities and continue to occur with alarming frequency. As we seek ways to bring about positive change in our society, we pray for those who are grieving in Philadelphia and throughout the country.
“These senseless acts of violence will not stop happening without a concerted effort by those who govern our nation and set public policy. As a country, we must call on our lawmakers to enact tangible change and resolve this public crisis through proper gun safety legislation. These horrific disasters continue to occur across the United States. This is completely unacceptable and disheartening. We are facing an epidemic that is rampant in our communities, and I hope we We can influence our elected officials to create and pass laws so that the people of this country can feel safe when they step out of their homes.
” That’s enough ! Assault weapons loaded with high-capacity magazines pose a clear threat to public safety and should be banned. Additionally, universal mandatory background checks could have a significant impact on mass shootings by ensuring these dangerous firearms do not fall into the wrong hands.
Speaking at the White House on Thursday, President Joe Biden delivered an address to the nation imploring Congress to take action on gun violence after mass shootings he said had transformed schools, supermarkets and other places of daily life in “killing fields”.
“How much more carnage are we willing to accept? Biden asked after last week’s shooting by an 18-year-old gunman, which killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and another attack Wednesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a gunman shot and killed four people and himself in a medical office.
“Our hearts are broken tonight,” the league said in a May 24 statement following the Uvalde shooting. “The NFL family mourns with the families of the children and the teacher, and the entire community of Uvalde, after today’s horrific tragedy. We wholeheartedly pledge the support of the NFL.”
The most recent shootings came on the heels of the May 14 assault in Buffalo, New York, where an 18-year-old white youth opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood, killing 10 people and injuring three others in what authorities described as “racially motivated violent extremism”.