Please stop carrying guns. I’m serious guys, you have to knock this kind of crap off. You see, it’s not that I don’t support your 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, because of all the people on earth, I do. But the problem is that you (professional athletes) seem to be a subset of the general population that is incapable of grasping two of the fundamentals necessary for responsible gun ownership, namely 1) the 4 Rules, and 2) the different laws that each state has.
You see, when one of you does something stupid with a gun, it causes problems for all of us – you know, those “little people” who don’t get paid millions of dollars each year to play a game. Because you’re a public figure, the media gets a hold of stuff like this, and then for the next few weeks I have to hear over and over again about how “no one needs to carry a gun” or “why would anyone want a gun for protection”. I guess what’s frustrating me is that guys like you don’t have any concept of the fact that your actions have consequences beyond your immediate universe, so you don’t think about the fact that carrying a gun illegally could paint law-abiding gun owners with a negative brush.
So, Pro Athletes, I will take a step back from my initial statement. If you want to exercise your right to keep and bear arms, please do so. But if you are going to do it; realize that you’re held to a higher standard as a gun owner – that your actions if they ever become public have far reaching ramifications for the people who ultimately pay your salary (the fans). So go ahead and carry, but if you are going to, do it legally and safely.
And if you do shoot yourself in the leg while carrying illegally, don’t be surprised if we hang you out to dry, you idiot.