I don’t chant “Fly Eagles Fly” by any means – I root for the Washington Redskins – but all gun enthusiasts will love what Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz did for his team this Christmas.
Wentz gave his teammates customized Beretta shotguns. Although he has yet to deliver the guns to his teammates, each shotgun will be customized with each individual player’s jersey number. Here’s more from ESPN:
The rookie quarterback endeared himself to the men up front by buying each of them a Beretta shotgun for Christmas. Each is personalized with the player’s number engraved on the butt of the gun.
“This is an awesome gun. I’m excited about it,” said Allen Barbre, a fellow hunter. Barbre believes the Beretta model is a Silver Pigeon, which retails around $2,000 a pop. “I don’t know if I’ll shoot it, though. It’s pretty nice.”
Not surprisingly, a local gun control- CeaseFirePA- responded by issuing gun locks to these players. More from Philly.com:
After news spread that Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was buying personalized shotguns for his offensive line this Christmas, the players were quickly offered another gift: gun locks.
The gun-violence-prevention group CeaseFirePA said it was sending gun locks to the Eagles players who were receiving the shotguns from Wentz.
However, it’s highly unlikely the players will heed their suggestion since a good portion of the guys legally own firearms for self-defense and/or hunting purposes:
An informal Inquirer survey of 37 players on the Eagles roster this fall found just 18 who said they owned a firearm. Some of those players said they kept guns for protection, while others said they used them for hunting. Like Wentz, who is from North Dakota, many of the other players who said they owned guns came from states in the South or Midwest where firearms are more common.
In spite of some bad apples who belong to the NFL and the organization’s awful firearm ban in stadiums, it’s great to see more NFL players safely operate and legally handle firearms. Many people look up to these guys, so we must encourage and offer praise to those who set a good example.