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‘It’s time’ for stricter gun laws, Saints coach Sean Payton suggests

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has made public his disdain for the prevalence of guns in the U.S.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has made public his disdain for the prevalence of guns in the U.S. Associated Press

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has made no secret his disdain for guns in the past and the recent massacre in Las Vegas made him feel the need to send out a disturbing stat on Twitter Tuesday.

Following the 2016 shooting death of former Saints star defensive end Will Smith, Payton gave an interview with USA Today in which he questioned gun laws in the U.S.

“Two hundred years from now, they’re going to look back and say, ‘What was that madness about?’” Payton told USA Today. “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 on to.”

Cardell Hayes was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the April 2016 shooting that killed Smith and left Smith’s wife injured.

Payton's tweet on Wednesday pulled a stat from the New York Times:

Payton, who grew up in suburban Chicago, told USA Today “I hate guns” and that New Orleans “is broken” due to increasing gun violence.

“I’m not an extreme liberal,” he said. “I find myself leaning to the right on some issues. But on this issue, I can’t wrap my brain around it.”

Payton also shared a tweet Tuesday from Dallas Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill that told the brief story of one of the heroes from the Las Vegas shooting rampage that killed at least 59:

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

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