Clay Travis challenges Rich Eisen, others on gun control after Chiefs parade shooting

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OutKick’s Clay Travis responded to several sports media personalities over the issue of gun control in the United States Wednesday.

Gun control and the Second Amendment became an unfortunate topic of discussion again after the mass shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade. The shooting resulted in numerous injuries and the death of a Kansas City DJ.

The response from Rich Eisen and a number of other figures in the sports world was, predictably, to call for new gun restrictions. 

Eisen, for example, posted, “Nine children. Nine children who went to a parade to celebrate their Super Bowl team. Nine children now being treated for gunshot wounds @ChildrensMercy. When are we going to collectively realize there’s a gun problem in our country and do something sensible for our kids?”

Clay Travis challenges Rich Eisen

NFL GameDay Live’s Rich Eisen before the Super Bowl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.

Clay Travis replied, What’s your suggestion, Rich? Do away with the Second Amendment? Honest question.

Dozens of laws were violated by the shooters. I’d suggest putting violent criminals behind bars & keeping them there.

I’d wager a lot of money that the shooters in Kansas City had long rap sheets.

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Emergency personnel, left, take a stretcher into Union Station after a shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebration in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Multiple people were injured, a fire official said. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

Chiefs parade shooting highlights other societal problems

Mina Kimes joined in, saying “our inaction on gun control fails [our kids] every day.”


Robert Griffin III also said we should “pass laws” to stop mass shootings like Wednesday’s. Travis responded by asking “what specific gun laws” need to be passed to stop them from happening, a question that often goes unanswered.

That’s the unfortunate reality of shootings and gun violence. It’s already illegal. Those involved don’t actually seem to care about violating laws. And, most of the time, the shooting is not their first crime.

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A law enforcement officer looks around after a shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebration in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Multiple people were injured, a fire official said.

How do you stop people from violating laws if they’re motivated enough to commit murder or serious injury? For decades, activists have advocated for the decriminalization of drugs, saying people will do them anyway, so it’s better to make them legal and controlled. Making guns illegal won’t stop people from buying them or using them, just like it didn’t stop drug addicts from buying or using.

Wednesday’s parade was yet another in a horrifically long list of senseless crimes. But people like Eisen and Kimes and Griffin always avoid placing blame on the criminals responsible. 

They have no specific laws or changes to offer that would stop gun violence. Left-wing gun control paradises like California and Chicago and Washington, D.C., haven’t stopped gun violence. The best solution, as Clay Travis suggests, is to actually lock violent criminals up, the opposite of what the left seems interested in doing.

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