Apparently the NFL thinks cops should only have guns when they are on- duty, and an off-duty cop with a gun is a danger to everyone. (Watch news video below)
The National Football League is no longer allowing off-duty officers to carry guns into their games, even though officers will usually carry a gun 24/7 even when not on duty in case there is a threat.
An internal memo from the NFL stated that only certain individuals will be allowed to carry guns into stadiums.
“It limits permission to carry guns to law enforcement officers specifically assigned to work security at the games, or private security officers contracted for stadium protection,” according to WOIO.
The NFL has already had a ban in place that prohibited civilians from having guns, but now that they are even telling law enforcement officers to leave their guns at home makes us question if they are really looking out for our safety. After all, it’s not that uncommon for off-duty cops to use their guns to stop crimes.
Police Union President Jeff Filler was not happy with this decision either saying,
“I understand they’re screening a little bit more with metal detectors, but you know when we walk through city streets we’re police officers, too. You never know what’s gonna happen or when it’s gonna happen.”
The League Head of Security stated that it is very unlikely that an off-duty officer would need to use deadly force at an NFL game, but then why do the other security officials have guns? And since when do we lower our security just because something is “unlikely”. Chances are my house will not be broken into tonight, but I will still have a gun by my bedside just in case. And I still have fire insurance even though the chance of a break-in is greater than the chance of a fire.
Watch news video of this gun ban by the NFL below:
So should NFL fans feel safer and more secure knowing that every off-duty cop has been disarmed by the league? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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