UK Men's Head Basketball Coach John Calipari was asked Friday afternoon what he thought about the idea of banning assault rifles like the one used in the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut a week earlier.
Here's what Coach Cal had to say:
"I don't see the need for assault weapons. I don't see the need at all. Again, we as a country have to come together and say we have some mental illness issues, how do we deal with those? How do we truly deal with someone who has an illness and not shove it under the rug that it's an embarrassing thing. Well, is cancer embarrassing? Mental illness is an illness. We don't need assault rifles. It's a problem. Maybe its video games, I don't know. There needs to be a dialogue of how do we come to grips with this, and if we don't, I think we have a lot of bull-headed people, and if it were their child, I think they would act. I think if everybody just looked at this issue, whether it was the mental health issue, or whether we need to cut metal health spending, okay, what if that was your child in that room? Whether it was gun control - ‘We don't need it, I need my assault rifle.' What if it was your child in that room right now? Would you feel the same way? I think if you look at it and looked at it that way, people would look at it different and we would come to terms. It's happening too much now."