The San Fransisco 49ers announced on Thursday that they will be donating $500,000 to push for more gun control and a ban on bump stocks.
According to the Daily Caller, the team is currently partnering with both local and national law enforcement in an effort to reduce gun crime and promote a safer America. Their method of making America safer is to ban silencers and armor piercing rounds. A portion of the donation will also be going to fund public service announcement geared towards police brutality and violence. These are also measures that the San Fransisco 49ers feel will help make America safer.
As ESPN puts it, the team will be working with others to forge a public awareness campaign. This campaign will be centered on improving police and community relations.
The football team and the California police unions issued a joint statement, outlining their mission.
"The duty of law enforcement must also include actively participating in bringing our nation together and working to foster a more understanding and compassionate national dialogue around community and police officer relations," they said. "We believe that professional sports teams should utilize their capacity to reach millions of Americans to promote initiatives that help law enforcement professionals and the citizens they serve to understand their respective experiences and to listen to one another with an open mind and heart."
The Daily Caller reports that team owner Jed York was asked in an interview about his political views. He claimed that despite being painted by the media as a left-wing person, he is in fact not the "most left-wing person in the world."
“I’m not the most left-wing person in the world. I realize people are trying to sort of paint me as that. That’s not my background politically and how I grew up,” he said in the interview. “A lot of these are common sense issues. When you actually sit down and talk to people and know where they’re coming from, it’s hard not to be sympathetic and empathetic.”
According to Breitbart News, the push comes in the weeks after the attacks in Las Vegas. Suppressors were not used in that attack, but the 49ers and liberals have dedicated much of their energy to banning the devices anyway. Moreover, Breitbart points out that although the ban on armor-piercing bullets is somewhat unclear, it appears to be similar to a ban that was unsuccessfully pushed by the Obama administration in 2015.
Suppressors are currently legal in more than 40 states. They are also widely owned.
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