NFL owner calls for assault weapons ban in statement

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 06: Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on September 6, 2018 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has joined the chorus of American citizens calling for a ban on assault weapons.

In a statement released Friday, the Eagles marked National Gun Violence Awareness Day by changing their social media logo to orange and wearing orange practice jerseys to symbolize the day. But Lurie went further with a statement on Twitter.

In his statement, Lurie claimed that assault weapons with high capacity magazines pose a threat to public safety. He referenced research suggesting a federal ban would lead to far fewer mass shootings.

Lurie also suggested universal background checks. But the crux of his message was that assault weapons should be banned.

” That’s enough ! Assault weapons loaded with high-capacity magazines pose a clear threat to public safety and should be banned. Additionally, universal mandatory background checks could have a significant impact on mass shootings by ensuring these dangerous firearms do not fall into the wrong hands.

This statement was originally released following a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 students and two teachers dead.

Ironically, Lurie’s own city of Philadelphia was the victim of a mass shooting just yesterday. A gunman opened fire on a busy street in Philadelphia, killing three people and injuring 11 others.

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