LeBron James hasn’t shied away from using his platform to speak out on controversial political issues, and he’s using it again to speak about gun control.
Following Thursday’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, James addressed the topic at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ training camp on Friday, saying, “There’s no room for guns.”
James originally reacted on Twitter on Thursday, following a report that a baby had been fatally shot in Cleveland on Thursday night.
On Friday, James spoke more broadly on the issue, saying (via Joe Vardon of the Northeast Ohio Media Group):
“Obviously you’re not going to be able to take every gun out, I don’t know how you can do that. There’s so many around now, today. But if there’s some stipulations behind it or some penalties, some big time penalties or rules or regulations about carrying firearms, legal or illegal, people will second-guess themselves.”
James said the news of the child’s shooting hit him on Thursday when he looked at his kids. He added that he believes his foundation, LeBron James Family Foundation, which monitors children from grade school to graduation and keeps them in school, is helping keep kids away from guns and violence.
Again, this is not the first time James has spoken up on hot-button issues.
Last winter, James and his teammates wore shirts that read “I can’t breathe” in pregame warm ups against the Brooklyn Nets in tribute to the death of Eric Garner. James also spoke up about the ruling on Michael Brown’s case and spoke up about the racist comments from ex-Clippers owner Donald Sterling.