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Luke Scott doesn't like MLB's gun ban

Feb 27, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

Luke Scott tells of the Baltimore Sun that just because he abides by MLB’s policy doesn’t mean he has to like it:

“I don’t think that everyone else should be pay for the mistakes of a
few,” said Scott, one of baseball’s most vocal gun rights proponents.
“There is a good reason behind the rule, I can’t deny that. The reason
is you cannot trust 25 guys in a locker room to have the same respect
and training as I do with a weapon. That I do understand. I’ve carried
a gun for 10 years. I’ve carried them in the locker room and nobody
really knows about it. I know how to handle myself and I stow it away
where nobody really knows about it.

Ryan Franklin of the Cardinals had a similar reaction last week. The policy was actually put in place last July — after the Plaxico Burress incident — but Scott said he wasn’t aware of the rule change until very recently. In advance of the new season, major league baseball has sent out reminders to the players and the ban has been posted in clubhouses for the first time.

It sounds like the initial ban was just some P.R., and major league baseball did little or nothing to actually enforce it, but they are taking the issue very seriously after what happened between Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton of the Washington Wizards. As they should.

  1. Phil - Feb 28, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    My pipe dream is for meaningful campaign finance reform.
    The only campaign finance reform we’re going to get is what the Supreme Court just gave us with Citizens United. The only thing ordinary people will ever have in our corporatist state is the leavings that the suits in the boardrooms don’t need or want.

  2. Benshotat - Feb 28, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Just in case you didn’t recognize it, I was being sarcastic. I wouldn’t feel safer knowing some fellow employee was carrying a gun. Those are the ones you have to look out for. Friendly fire, if that’s what it is, can kill you the same as unfriendly fire.

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