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Sean Payton speaks out against guns, New Orleans violence

Nick Underhill

The New Orleans Advocate

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks at a news conference after the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Atlanta. The New Orleans Saints won 20-17.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks at a news conference after the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Atlanta. The New Orleans Saints won 20-17. AP

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton took a stand against guns and escalating violence in New Orleans in a wide-ranging interview with USA Today’s Jarrett Bell on Monday in the wake of Will Smith‘s death.

Payton, who had not spoken publicly in the initial aftermath of Smith’s shooting, told USA Today he spent hours in the hospital where Smith’s wife, Raquel, underwent surgery, and drove to the place where the shooting happened at 5:45 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The Saints head coach also took a stand for stronger gun control.

“Two hundred years from now, they’re going to look back and say, ‘What was that madness about?’ “ Payton said. “The idea that we need them to fend off intruders … people are more apt to draw them (in other situations). That’s some silly stuff we’re hanging onto.”

Read more at The Advocate's Black & Gold blog.

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