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Someone actually cares about MLB's gun policy

Feb 21, 2010, 10:11 AM EST

When Major League Baseball decided Saturday to officially outlaw guns in clubhouses we figured the story would draw a few laughs and maybe some snarky remarks.  What we didn’t expect, however, was serious, disappointed reaction from a current professional.

According to the always reliable St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin didn’t take too kindly to the rule change:
“If you grew up around it, being in the outdoors and stuff, I was taught as a young kid to respect firearms,” Franklin said after a Saturday workout. “First of all, you don’t get stupid with it.  Always treat a gun like it’s loaded.  That’s what I taught my son and daugthers.  There’s a place for them. … If it wasn’t for the NFL guy a couple years ago brining a weapon to a nightclub … you’ve just got to be smart.
To us, “smart” is ensuring that no firearm ever finds its way into an MLB workplace, period.  And that’s exactly why the new policy was put into effect.
  1. Rich - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    If my 2nd admendment right to bear arms stops at the door of my employer, does all other right stop there also? Can my employer tell I can not have my own opinion (let’s say in the lunch room)? Do I lose my freedom of speech? How can my right to be treated fairly (non-discrimination laws) be vailid in the workplace?

  2. comanchepilot - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Typical liberal ‘oh my, its a gun, I’m gonna die’ response. If someone has a permit to carry concealed or has shown to be responsible around weapons, whats the big deal? The only place you are ever at the mercy of the nutjobs and crazies is all those zero tolerance no guns places – this way you are absolutely certain that ONLY people who want to harm you have weapons. Smart.

  3. DLM - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    SJB,
    Your last statement is racist in nature!

  4. Rick - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    To Sean K. – Our Founding Fathers cound not have seen the changes ahead as you say, but they were wise enough to have a method to address the changes; admendments to the Constitution. Since the anti gun crowd can not change the Constitution, they believe that laws should be in place to get what they want (illegal laws under the 2nd admendment. The say will be said about the freedom of speech and the internet. Since our Founding Fathers could not have foreseen the internet, the freedom of speech should not apply to it. Very weak argument.

  5. Melvin B - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    During the mass hysteria and confusion of a campus shooting, do you really think 18-21 years old college KIDS with no formal training on how to make split second life or death decisions would not accidentally shoot/kill/maim innocent fellow students rushing towards them during the rampage outof danger? Additionally, do you really want a bunch of college kids who may or not still be hungover from last night’s alcohol carrying loaded guns walking among your loved ones? It’s not just those that may still be hungover, college kids (and some adults) are not emotionally mature enough, when comments about “your mother. . .”, “your intelligence. . .” or “your sexuality. . .” can set college kids off to fight or whatever, adding guns to the situation is just plain dumb.

  6. Al from Common Sense - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Larry & Ronod, please define sarcasm for the class.

  7. Rich - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    How is MLB going to “prevent” guns in the club house? A rule? It is sad, but those who plan on causing trouble will not care about a rule or a law.

  8. billy - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    youre ignorant. i bet you live in a city of about, what, 50,00??? in the back country
    ??? try living in a city of 8 million where everyday theres at least 2 stories of kids or inocent people dying from illegal guns, and there only here because red states like youres sells them to anyone with a drivers license and a cute smile, come on outta the cave and see the real world.

  9. I Am Providence - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    An employer can limit many of your constitutional rights. They can tell you what to wear at work, they can forbid you from dating co-workers, they can limit your speech and they can forbid you from bringing guns to work. I bet you could think of some things that if you said them at work you’d rightfully get fired, so there goes your argument.

  10. billy - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    youre ignorant. i bet you live in a city of about, what, 50,00??? in the back country
    ??? try living in a city of 8 million where everyday theres at least 2 stories of kids or inocent people dying from illegal guns, and there only here because red states like youres sells them to anyone with a drivers license and a cute smile, come on outta the cave and see the real world.

  11. Stirling - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    How many rapes occur in MLB facilities? And you have the nerve to call someone a fool? Look in the mirror Jim.

  12. domestic terrorist - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Brett is a moron! Baseball Fan is a moron? Randy is a moron. Geez there are too many morons to list in here. Those 1d10ts are the reason we are losing our rights in this country. You morons need to wake up from

  13. jimR - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Whose Franklin expecting to attack him in his own clubhouse that he needs a gun, the third baseman? The catcher maybe? What, Franklin can’t defend himself in his own clubhouse? Time after time it has been shown that people who are not classified as “criminals” will do things they would not ordinarily do when emotions run high–like pull out that gun and cap somebody in a moment of uncontrolled anger. THAT’s why guns don’t belong in a controlled environement like a MLB clubhouse. They’re completely unnecessary.

  14. Arizona Buckeye - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Rich
    YES, your rights pretty much do stop at the door of your employer! You are under their restrictions, laws, and rules which is what you agreed to when you signed on to work there. I can’t come into work drunk, on drugs, bring in alcohol, smokes, or weapons and I am fine with that! You can’t stand up in the office and spew racial slurs on offensive remarks either. Get a grip on reality.

  15. domestic terrorist - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Sean is a true American!

  16. Stone - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    I’d get fired if I brought a gun to work. Unless you work for the Police, the military or at a gun range, there’s no place for guns at work.

  17. glock22 - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    enough

  18. Rich - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    I am Providence: None of your examples are Constititional Rights. There is a difference. There goes your argument.

  19. Tim - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Idiot!!!!

  20. nedhead - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Right. Crazy lady pulls gun, bang bang bang bang bang bang. 3 dead, 3 wounded. So Quickdraw Professor #2 hears bang, bang, reacts with lightning speed and retrieves a gun from the briefcase, turns off the safety, and shoots the crazy lady. Man that would be great, except it never would have saved anyone. Only in the movies does the reaction occur at super speed.
    Now, if you had a metal detector at the building entry, or crazy lady had one iota of trouble getting a gun, then maybe 6 innocents would have been unharmed.
    There is a reason that ‘nuts’, as in ‘gun nuts’ is a synonym for crazy. Perhaps if male appendage size were not such an ego issue, fewer gun nuts would need to compensate.

  21. jerry - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    the right to bare arms is important to me and it was important to those who laid down the foundation this country was built on. a lot of people have fought, died and gave up everyting they own for this right and it is as precious and important as any of our other rights.if you want to stand by and do nothing while some one takes your hard earned money i think you have that right. that right has been bought and paid for by the blood of our forefathers.on the other hand, if i want to protect myself and my family, with a firearm, i have that right.do not label me a gn nut, label me a freedom nut. if you differ you have that right i dont see the need for calling people names when they disagree.

  22. kd - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    used to be a huge Cardinal fan until baseball went on strike in the 90’s. lost interest somewhat. then the dopey Cardinals brought a cheater in to be a hitting coach. then their idiotic closer has the gall to say firearms are ok in the clubhouse. me, no longer a baseball fan now. no loss.

  23. James L. - Feb 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    I’m in aggreement with David C. If people think the police will stop a crime their fools. Too many times a crime is committed and only an armed citizen can stop it the police are only there to take pictures and reports after the event. My daughter is an accomplished shooter and only that will protect her from a violent crime if she needs to draw on her second amendment right.
    Wake up America if we lose our second amendment rights nothing stops the government from taking away everything until we become a socialist society.

  24. Cardinal Fan - Feb 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    All you gun freaks, country bumpkins and hunters: Succeed from the Union, form your own gun-loving country and live there where you are free to shoot each other to death in the name of freedom. Please, do us all a favor. To Ryan Franklin, there will be some here in St. Louis who applaud you. We’ve got lots of hoosiers in the outlying areas around here in the trailer parks. But I promise you, be ready for the boos and heckling. We don’t need your type in our stadium or ballclub. Go back to Arkansas or wherever you came from. Contrary to the worthless Cub’s fan opinion of the Cardinals and their fans, we are not all hicks in Missouri. Some of us wore shoes to Busch Stadium when we won the World Series….oh, that’s right…you weren’t there. hahahahhaha

  25. Sean - Feb 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    youre ignorant. i bet you live in a city of about, what, 50,00??? in the back country
    ??? try living in a city of 8 million where everyday theres at least 2 stories of kids or inocent people dying from illegal guns, and there only here because red states like youres sells them to anyone with a drivers license and a cute smile, come on outta the cave and see the real world.
    Dude, think about what you just said….innocent people dying from illegal guns? Gee, ya think? Sounds about like Sen. Dianne Feinstein on 60 Minutes when she said, and I’m paraphrasing, “We need gun control because of the gangs and the drug dealers.” Do you people not get it? People that are going to use firearms to commit a crime are going to do so, whether there are gun control laws or not. Do you really think that a person that has the intent to shoot and kill someone is going to pause for a minute, and think to themselves “Hmm…I’ve got a gun, I might go to prison for a really long time if I get caught with this.”?

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