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Kansas City Chiefs players call for gun control reform after fatal shooting saw Super Bowl victory parade descend into tragedy: ‘We cannot allow this to be normal’

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Kansas City Chiefs players call for gun control reform after fatal shooting saw Super Bowl victory parade descend into tragedy: 'We cannot allow this to be normal'

 

Kansas City Chiefs players have joined the calls for gun control reform after the team’s Super Bowl victory parade descended into tragedy with a fatal mass shooting on Wednesday.

 

Kansas City Chiefs players call for gun control reform after fatal shooting saw Super Bowl victory parade descend into tragedy: 'We cannot allow this to be normal'

What was supposed to be purely a joyous day for many, celebrating the Chiefs second consecutive NFL championship, ended with one dead and around two-dozen others injured by the shooting.

Justin Reid and Charles Omenihu took to social media to call for reform after the city they represented was deeply affected by the shooting.

Three suspects are in custody following the incident.

While many players from across the NFL have offered their thoughts and prayers to Kansas City after the incident, Omenihu and Reid took things a step further.

‘Prayers for those affected at today’s parade,’ Omenihu said. ‘A time of celebration ends in tragedy. When are we going to fix these gun laws?’

‘How many more people have to die to say enough is enough? It’s too easy for the wrong people to obtain guns in America and that’s a FACT,’ Omenihu added.

This is SAD man!’ Reid posted on X. ‘Kids are being shot and somebody didn’t come home tonight. We cannot allow this to be normal. We cannot ourselves to become numb and chalk it up to “just another shooting in America” and reduce people in statistics and then move on (tomorrow).’

‘This is a SERIOUS PROBLEM!! I pray our leaders enact real solutions so our kids’ kids won’t know this violence,’ Reid concluded.

Chiefs star Trey Smith said Thursday he and teammates hid alongside civilians attending their teams’ championship parade in a closet.

Smith opened up on the horror of Wednesday’s shooting that left one dead and 21 injured at the Super Bowl victory parade, revealing that he and teammates hid alongside civilians in a closet.

‘Right before I ran in there, there was a little kid in front of me so I just grabbed him and yanked him in, ”you’re hopping in there with me, buddy,”’ Smith said. ‘I don’t know how many people there were in the closet – maybe 20 plus?’

 

Smith credited long snapper James Winchester for helping everyone to stay calm in the closet. ‘One of my teammates, my long snapper James Winchester, was very instrumental in helping keep people calm,’ Smith continued. ‘We end up getting the green light to be able to get out of there. We end up walking to the buses.’

Reid had posted a lengthier statement to social media about the situation earlier on Thursday.

‘In the aftermath of the tragic events that unfolded during the Chiefs victory parade, our hearts ache for all those affected by the senseless violence,’ Reid wrote. ‘Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims, and our thoughts are with the entire community as we come together to heal.

‘As a member of the Chiefs organization and the leader of JReid InDeed, I feel a profound sense of responsibility to our community, especially to our youngest members. Our children, who should feel safe and secure, have been impacted by the events in ways that are difficult to comprehend. It is our duty to ensure that they receive the support and care they need during this challenging time.’

‘In times of darkness, it is the strength and resilience of our community that shines brightest. Together, we will overcome this tragedy and emerge stronger than ever before. Let us lean on one another for support, comfort, and hope as we navigate the difficult days ahead.’

Thank you for your unwavering support and for standing together as one community.’

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