WESTFIELD, Ind.–Indianapolis Colts General Manager Chris Ballard expressed his disappointment and anger at all of the mass shootings that have been happening across the United States Tuesday afternoon shortly after his team reported to Grand Park Events Center in Westfield for training camp.
Here is the transcript from Ballard’s address Tuesday:
“On a serious note before I start talking about camp and our team, I just – look, condolences for all the families in Greenwood. I don’t understand. To me, it’s a lot of common sense and we lack it right now in this country. It’s a shame. Highland Park, Uvalde, Greenwood, Buffalo, when does it end? When does some common sense come into play and when does this end? When do our elected officials actually do something about it instead of their own political gain? Both sides, both sides are completely wrong. I’m not antigun but I’m anti-military-style weapons that – it blows my mind away that an 18-year-old kid can walk in and buy an AK-15 automatic weapon. It makes no sense. Zero. Just wanted to open up. It’s a shame that we live in a country that can’t come to an agreement because of politics on doing the right thing for our country. It makes zero sense. Zero. So anyway, my prayers are with them. It’s a shame that you have to get up here and start something with – eventually we’ll get up and not have to talk about this but right now, we cannot remain silent on this issue. I think Steve Kerr said it best, we can’t become numb. That’s what we’ve done. We’ve become numb to it like it’s just OK. It’s not OK. People need to be held accountable and our politicians need to be held accountable. At what point are they going to put their own self-interest aside and do the right thing for the country?”
LISTEN: Part of Ballard’s address