I have never been a fan of basketball. I have attended a few Blazer games with friends when the tickets were free or cheap, but that was always more about hanging out with friends than watching basketball.
Now, I have yet another reason to abstain from the sport; the NBA is proudly conveying anti-Second Amendment propaganda in celebration of Christmas.
Because what better way to celebrate the birth of our Lord than by telling people that it is their duty to forfeit their God-given constitutional rights…
During the Christmas Day games on ABC and ESPN, viewers will be treated to obnoxious public service announcements from the Michael Bloomberg-financed anti-Second Amendment group “Everytown for Gun Safety,” a radical group that pretends that access to guns, not the people using them, are the true causes of gun violence.
The ads are directed by devout racist Spike Lee and include propaganda from players Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Joakim Noah
In the first ad, seen below, Curry, the league’s reigning MVP, opens the spot by saying, “I heard about a shooting involving a 3-year-old girl over the summer. My daughter Riley’s that age,” as victims and other players share personal stories. As noted by the New York Times, the words “gun control” do not appear in the ad. It ends, simply, with a link and a plea to end gun violence.
“It was very important for me to be a part of that,” said Paul, whose standing as an eight-time all-star and president of the National Basketball Players Association makes him one of the league’s most influential figures among fans and fellow players. “Anytime I see that happen, the very first thing that I think of is my family, and having two kids, it’s terrible to see kids and people losing their lives day in and day out because of gun violence.”
The ad details several basketball players and other human props exploited by the anti-Second Amendment group who offer brief sentences detailing their frustration with gun violence.
One man simply uttered, “The gun should never be an option.”
Those who have shot intruders and robbers in self-defense would likely disagree.
The NBA defended its willingness to partner with the moneyed propagandist.
“We know far too many people who have been caught up in gun violence in this country,” said Kathleen Behrens, the league’s president of social responsibility and player programs. “And we can do something about it.”
Of course, both Second Amendment advocates and Everytown stooges want to see an end to gun violence; where the two camps differ, however, are in approaches.
With criminals being able to easily obtain firearms, placing further burdens on law-abiding citizens only serves to disarm such citizens for the ease of mass murderers. A whopping 92% of the mass shootings that have occurred since 2009 have been in so-called “gun-free” zones which serve as prime hunting grounds for psychopaths who understand that such silly regulations to do not apply to them and their homicidal missions.
Conversely, anti-gun zealots like Michael Bloomberg, who is always surrounded by an armed security detail for his protection, work to tug at the heartstrings of Americans by discussing tragedy while never revealing that they are often the results of failed policies like those pushed by gun control groups.
Don’t buy the rhetoric; these players and the cash-infused propagandists of Everytown may lament he tragedies associated with gun violence, but such violence is most-often enabled by gun control zealots, not the legal gun owners targeted by these kinds of unconscionable anti-Second Amendment efforts.
As for me, I’ll be watching “A Christmas Story,” where the little boy receives the gun he always wanted. Now that’s a tradition worth celebrating…