We know the arguments from those who oppose tighter gun regulation.

We know that the gun lobby has greater firepower than an army of infantries.

We know that every time there is a horrendous crime involving guns there is an outcry to do something about weapons, but nothing significant happens.

We know that when two people were shot and killed by a man in a Lafayette movie theater, Bobby Jindal, then governor of Louisiana, when asked about gun laws said that he did not want to talk about “politics.”

We know that every day across the country people are killed with guns as the weapon.

Knowing all that, here’s a question? Conceding that America will always be a gun-toting nation, could we at least try to make street weapons less desirable to young people?

Last week a very emotional Sean Payton spoke out about the Will Smith tragedy. In an interview with the USA Today newspaper he said, in part: “I am not an extreme liberal…I find myself leaning to the right on some issues. But in this issue, I can’t wrap my brain around it… I hate guns."

For a football coach, a symbol of American machismo and a self-confessed political conservative to say, “I HATE GUNS” is priceless. Those words should be carved on a mountain.

Which leads to this thought: What if coaches and players would unite, not to get rid of guns, but to caution people about them?

People still smoke, but publicity campaigns have made the world more aware of the dangers of cigarettes. We've seen the NFL take the lead with breast cancer awareness. Guns take lives too, and usually with no warning.

If guns are going to be cherished as a symbol of freedom, we need to acknowledge that there are many people spending their lives in prison, wishing they had never pulled a trigger.






BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Errol’s Laborde’s new book, “Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival” (Pelican Publishing Company, 2013), has been released. It is now available at local bookstores and at book web sites.