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The NFL has launched “Social Responsibility Training” in response to people’s concerns about gun safety and are requiring the players in the organization who own a gun to partake. The NFL has offered program for the last three seasons.
“The problem is a lot of times, dangerous places come to you,” Baltimore Ravens’ Benjamin Watson said. “We all have the right to bear arms and that is why I have no problem with an athlete carrying a gun as long as the gun is registered. They need to understand how to use it and make sure it’s a legal firearm. Players are recognizable by their faces, cars and even body types. If you look like an athlete, you can be targeted.”
Watson is working in conjunction with the NFL to offer gun safety training to NFL players. His goal is to ensure that players know how to safely use and store their firearm but that they also understand the value of life.
“We have a problem with violence, but an even bigger problem with people and the value of life and how we take life without remorse sometimes,” Watson said.