Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Pens Gun Control Article


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a regular columnist for Time, wrote a piece on gun control this week.

"How many times do we need to say it? We have to change gun laws," he begins. "Now."

Abdul-Jabbar goes on to criticize Republican presidential debates for "ignoring" he issue:

During Tuesday night’s CNN debate among Democratic candidates for president, moderator Anderson Cooper said, “Let’s move on to some of the biggest issues right now in the headlines today. We’re going to start with guns.”

This is a monumental difference from both Republican debates that substantially ignored the issue of gun control. The reason for this difference can be found in Anderson’s phrase, “in the headlines today,” because it’s only after brutal mass shootings that the otherwise smoldering issue is stoked to full flame. Having had three shootings at schools within a few days of each other, the headlines are ablaze with tragedies, and the public has again been forced to confront our mixed-message gun laws.

He goes on to proclaim that he is "as much a part of the American gun culture as many other Americans."

The piece is nearly 2000 word and full of stats about deaths, spending, etc.

In other recent articles, the six-time NBA champion has tackled Kim Davis, the "war on education," racial identify theft, and Black Lives Matter.