Last Updated on July 31, 2022
Colts General Manager Chris Ballard used his first press conference of the new season to call for gun control. The GM expressed his disbelief that teenagers can purchase “AK-15 automatics,” even though automatic weapons have long been banned for use by the general public.
Ballard opened his press conference by offering condolences to the families involved in the Greenwood mall shooting. Three people were killed in the shooting before the gunman was taken down by an armed citizen.
The shooting took place just under 15 miles from Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Colts play home games.
“To me, it’s a lot of common sense, and we lack it right now in this country. It’s a shame,” Ballard said. “Highland Park, Uvalde, Greenwood, Buffalo. I mean, when does some common sense come to play and when does this end? When do our elected officials actually do something about it instead of their own political gain? Both sides are completely wrong.”
Ballard falsely compared semi-automatic rifles to “military-style weapons,” a common talking point among gun control advocates.
“I’m not anti-gun, but I’m anti-military-style weapons,” Ballard continued. “It blows my mind away that an 18-year-old kid can walk in and buy an AK-15 automatic weapon. That makes no sense. Zero. It’s a shame that we live in a country that can’t come to an agreement because of politics on doing the right thing for our country. It makes zero sense. Zero.”
Indianapolis Colts GM Chris Ballard:
“It blows my mind that an 18-year-old can walk in and buy an AK-15 automatic weapon.”
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The Colts GM did not mention the fact that the Greenwood Mall shooter was taken down by an armed citizen, who saved countless lives.
He wrapped up his monologue by praising Steve Kerr, the far-left coach of the Golden State Warriors. “We cannot remain silent on this issue. Steve Kerr said it best: ‘We can’t become numb.’ That’s what we’ve done. We’ve become numb to it, like it’s just OK. It’s not OK. People need to be held accountable. Our politicians need to be held accountable.”