Problems in New York....
1) Mayor Bloomberg pushes for and gets passage of legislation imposing a 3.5 year, no-probation term for carrying without a license.
2) Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress shoots self in leg while carrying illegally.
Mike Ditka, in the meantime, proposed that NFL players be banned from owning guns. A new "prohibited person" class?
What was that nice, married, young man doing out in a Club without his wife? Must have gotten lost coming home from the grocery store and was asking directions.
Posted by: Letalis Maximus, Esq. at December 1, 2008 05:56 AM
Ditka was a great football player and a good coach, but he's definitely been in Chicago too long.
Posted by: Rivrdog at December 1, 2008 07:31 AM
Ditka is an ass. To prohibit guns in sports stadiums is one thing (with which I disagree, but that's a different matter), because at least everyone is treated equally. This moron is saying that football players should be prohibited from owning ANYWHERE and ANYTIME. 2nd class citizens - they have no right to protect themselves or their families, right? They have no right to have a gun at home when they are away on a very well-publicized away game, so that their wives can protect themselves, right? Asshole.
Hey, Mike, do you know why most people who carry a gun do so? Because carrying around a cop is too difficult. Maybe that's not so for football players, but I'd like to see the ones with knee problems do that.
Seriously, this is something that would be batted down in the courts. The NFL gets its monopoly status from the same place that DC gets its ability to make laws - from the federal government. Though there's no incorporation of the 2nd via the 14th to states, let alone to private entities, those situations do not apply here.
I guess that old Mikey must've gotten hit in the head a few times to many. Jackass.
Posted by: A Texan at December 1, 2008 07:45 AM
I'm all for it with one of two restrictions and a sunset.
1)the NFL must hire and pay for private round the clock security for players and their family.
2)The NFL agrees to shut down at the first incident involving a player as the "victim", for ever. That includes anything, a robbery even.
Shut 'em down, get them off the radio, get kids to stop looking up to people playing a game. If it works quickly, extended it to basketball, baseball and all the other silly professional sports.
Posted by: Tom at December 1, 2008 08:58 AM
Mike Ditka, in the meantime, proposed that NFL players be banned from owning guns.
Not so much second class citizens as property of the NFL owners. Can't have the, umm, "field hands" hurting themselves while they still have value, now can we, Colonel Ditka?
Posted by: Jim D. at December 1, 2008 10:19 PM
Well with the recent track record concerning NFL Players. I think owning guns is the least of their worries. How about prohibiting them from breeding?
That would do far more good in cleaning up the shallow end of the gene pool!
Posted by: ATL at December 2, 2008 05:41 AM
The question of gun ownership will shortly be out of the hands of Mike Ditka and the NFL anyway. It looks as if most of the players will soon be convicted felons and they and their families will be prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Posted by: W. W Woodward at December 2, 2008 08:46 PM
I agree with Mike Ditka. No-one involved with the NFL at any level, be it player, coach, or league official, is anywhere near smart enough to be allowed to handle firearms. They probably shouldn't be allowed to vote or operate motor vehicles, either.
Posted by: DaveP. at December 3, 2008 03:59 AM
The solution to the problem is simple, just prosecute these overpaid sports citizens like the rest of US citizens. Don't let them buy or pay there way out of disregarding the laws that we all have to respect. This will lead to smarter decisions by these overpaid athletes that think they are above the law.
Posted by: Tom at December 3, 2008 07:20 PM
Let's see if Burress gets 3.5 years in prison. I think not. However, in defense of someone packing for protection if he's not committing a crime he should be afforded the right to self protection. If I'm not mistaken Bloomberg can't override the constitution so his law is basically null and void but I'm sure he can find some power hungry government thugs to enforce it for him.
Posted by: lee at December 5, 2008 07:34 PM