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Athletes and Guns? WTF

Gilbert Arenas has become the latest athlete to become enveloped in gun related criminal charges. He was charged with felony gun possession which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years, although this charge was probably part of a plea deal in which he will avoid jail time.

Plaxico Burress was also recently sentenced to two years in prison, for moronically discharging a gun that he was carrying in his sweatpants while partying in a night club. Tennessee basketball has also been affected by gun charges this year, not to mention that Marvin Harrison (Colts) was also linked to gun charges related to a shooting at a carwash, in which he was seen carrying not one but two pistols.

What is it that drives athletes, and maybe celebrities in general, to carry guns in such a careless manner?

Could it be linked to upbringing, a reflection of cultural expectations, or the desire to maintain a credible image?

Should sports teams be responsible for making sure that their athletes aren’t engaging in such risky acts? After all clubs and franchises are investing millions of dollars into these athletes, you would think that they might try to strictly limit such occurrences.

Also, why wouldn’t they just register their guns? or spend a fraction of their yearly salaries and have someone do it for them? or relegate gun carrying duties to members of their “posses”?

It just seems beyond logic that athletes could be so reckless, even after they have seen many of their fellow sportsmen locked up behind bars for committing identical acts.

Thoughts?

they are too much gangster to register it…

… it is completely stupid but i think that is the reason why they do such stupid things

[quote]WestCoast7 wrote:
Gilbert Arenas has become the latest athlete to become enveloped in gun related criminal charges. He was charged with felony gun possession which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years, although this charge was probably part of a plea deal in which he will avoid jail time.

Plaxico Burress was also recently sentenced to two years in prison, for moronically discharging a gun that he was carrying in his sweatpants while partying in a night club. Tennessee basketball has also been affected by gun charges this year, not to mention that Marvin Harrison (Colts) was also linked to gun charges related to a shooting at a carwash, in which he was seen carrying not one but two pistols.

What is it that drives athletes, and maybe celebrities in general, to carry guns in such a careless manner?[/quote]

You’re only hearing about the athletes and celebrities who are wreckless, not the majority who carry responsibly. I’m confident the percentage of celebs who are stupid with guns is no different than the regular folks who carry.

Again, like any other person there’s different reasons for everyone. Some want to be cool, some are more concerned for their safety, and so on.

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Should sports teams be responsible for making sure that their athletes aren’t engaging in such risky acts? After all clubs and franchises are investing millions of dollars into these athletes, you would think that they might try to strictly limit such occurrences.[/quote]

As a private business the teams have a right to ban guns from team facilities and while on road trips, but that’s as far as they can, and should, go. To go any further, like to ban possession of guns in their homes, becomes a civil rights issue.

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Also, why wouldn’t they just register their guns?[/quote]
I believe Gilbert lives in VA so as long as he passed the background checks, he’s ok to own a gun. If he has a concealed carry permit, he can do so in Virginia. The problem is he took the handguns into DC, which bans handguns for citizens who aren’t law enforcement. There’s no registering.

Again, it depends on local and state laws.

Perhaps they don’t care to leave their protection in the hands of someone else. I know I don’t like the fact that when seconds count against a criminal with a gun, the cops are minutes away. Defending yourself is a natural right and should be the same for any person regardless of their age/race/financial status/etc.