Saints’ Sean Payton wades into gun control debate

Saints’ Sean Payton wades into gun control debate

After losing one of his former players, Will Smith, to gun violence in 2016, the need for curbing gun violence across the nation has weighed heavily on New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

During his weekly teleconference, Payton weighed in on more recent events – the tragic Sunday night massacre of 59 concert-goers in Las Vegas, after tweeting a grim statistic earlier in the day.

“I just think let’s start from this standpoint — the current protocol is not working, the current system is not working,” Payton said, via nola.com. “And the madness is when you go years and years and years, and say, well, and so the current policies and thoughts are flawed.

“Listen, I believe this in my heart, we as a society owe it to our children and, I mean, we have to be better in that way. I’ve made my statements clear after the death of Will Smith, and these things come up, and then you try to draw parallels throughout our world, and look, it’s hard to. It’s hard to find other countries like that. And here we are as educated and smart and forward-thinking as we think we are, and yet it’s broken and it’s obvious. So, I’ll leave it at that.”