GPT LeBron James Speaks Out on Gun Control After UNLV Shooting



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

GPT LeBron James Speaks Out on Gun Control After UNLV Shooting
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In the aftermath of a tragic mass shooting at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) campus, basketball superstar LeBron James voiced his frustration over the persistent issue of gun control in the United States. The incident, which left at least three dead, prompted a candid response from James during a news conference at T-Mobile Arena, where he was preparing for the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the New Orleans Pelicans in the inaugural in-season tournament semifinals.

"First of all, my condolences go to the families that lost loved ones, families and friends and everything," James began, expressing his sorrow for the victims. He then delved into the broader issue of gun violence in America, highlighting the repetitive nature of these tragedies and the lack of significant legislative action to address the problem.

"The ability to get a gun, the ability to do these things over and over and over, and there's been no change is literally ridiculous. It makes no sense that we continue to lose innocent lives, on campuses, schools, at shopping markets and movie theaters and all type of stuff.

It's ridiculous," James stated emphatically.

The NBA's Response to the Shooting

The NBA, in response to the shooting, released a statement expressing its deep sadness and extending condolences to the families and friends of the victims, as well as the entire Las Vegas community.

The league also planned a moment of silence ahead of Thursday's semifinals, as a mark of respect and remembrance, according to a source who spoke to ESPN. The attack, which occurred around 11:45 a.m. PT, was only a few miles from the Strip and the site of the 2017 massacre that claimed 60 lives.

The recent incident sent shockwaves through the campus, with students and professors seeking shelter in classrooms and dorm rooms. University police official Adam Garcia stated that officers found and "engaged" a suspect, who is now deceased.

The circumstances of the suspect's death were not immediately clear, and police have yet to release details about the victims or a possible motive. This latest incident of gun violence at UNLV has reignited the debate over gun control in the United States, with public figures like LeBron James calling for meaningful change to prevent future tragedies.

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