LeBron James: “NBA basketball player” Speaks Out After Local Child’s Accidental Drive-By Death

Updated: October 5, 2015
LeBron James: NBA basketball player Speaks Out After Local Child's Accidental Drive-By Death

LeBron James spoke out about the need for stricter gun laws Friday, one day after a 5-month-old girl in Cleveland was killed in a drive-by shooting.

“Obviously you’re not going to be able to take every gun out, I don’t know how you can do that. There’s so many around now, today,” James said on Friday following practice with the Cavaliers. “But if there’s some stipulations behind it or some penalties, some big-time penalties or rules or regulations about carrying firearms, legal or illegal, people will second-guess themselves.”

Three children have been shot dead in Cleveland just in the past month. James spoke out first on his Twitter account after a 5-month-old girl was shot and killed in a drive-by on Thursday.

“Obviously it’s not the first time that it’s happened, but it’s been happening a little bit too much recently,” James said on Friday. “There’s no room for guns, first of all, but then for violence towards kids or anybody. But having kids of your own, I see the news go across my phone and I’m sitting there in front of my three kids, so it automatically just hit me. … It’s also the whole nation that goes through this as well. We all hurt from it.”

President Barack Obama similarly lashed out at the gun violence epidemic on Thursday following the shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, but James said he didn’t hear Obama’s remarks. James has been active in helping children in the community through his foundation, but that focus has primarily been on education. James, however, left open the possibility of eventually shifting that focus.

“Part of the education program we’re doing is keeping those kids off the street and keeping their situations that’s maybe bad and turning them into good,” James said. “I think what we’re doing is controlling some of the violence. Some of these kids might be in violent situations, violent areas or violent homes and we’re trying to keep them away from that by having that program that I’ve set up.

“I feel like if we can do our part, through my foundation and what we do, then maybe it can possibly bring the number of percentages down from, I don’t know, 20 per cent to 15 to 10. Hopefully we’ll continue to do that.”