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Whitlock: Gregg Popovich spreads more cowardly anti-gun ‘Popaganda’
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Whitlock: Gregg Popovich spreads more cowardly anti-gun ‘Popaganda’

Sunday afternoon, during a rambling, eight-minute pregame screed, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich blasted Republican politicians for their reaction to the Nashville Covenant School massacre.

Popovich claimed that cowardice and selfishness explain Republicans’ resistance to so-called “sensible” gun control measures. Popovich ripped Josh Hawley, Jim Jordan, and Lindsey Graham by name. The legendary NBA coach and Texas resident mocked statements from Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee after the shooting.

Pop put on quite the performance. The assembled media swallowed his anti-gun “Popaganda” without uttering a word of opposition. Popovich takes pride in smugly carrying himself as the smartest man inside any gymnasium. The media oblige.

Popovich isn’t nearly as smart as he thinks. His illogic is just never challenged. He ducks intellectual competition. He’s the schoolyard bully who always picks a fight with people half his size and skips school on days he knows a legit challenger is looking to confront him.

It’s easy to sound smart and look tough when you know no one is going to swing back. Popovich called the Second Amendment and defenders of it a “myth and a joke, a game.” He ridiculed Texas Senator Ted Cruz for wanting to double law enforcement personnel at all schools.

“Well, that will create a great environment,” Popovich said sarcastically. “Is that freedom?”

Hmm. Does Popovich feel free when he steps inside an NBA arena to work and there are as many as 50 law enforcement officers inside the building? Does he feel free when he drives to the arena and passes the 20 to 30 officers working traffic and crowd control? How about the two to six armed security officers who travel with the team everywhere they go?

Popovich doesn’t find it strange that the NBA will dump millions upon millions of dollars into protecting basketball players with armed security, but he will balk at providing the same security to innocent children at schools.

Has there ever been a mass shooting at an NBA, NFL, NHL, or MLB game? At any major sporting event? Could it be that heightened security prevents mass shootings? Could it be that heightened, armed security creates a sense of safety?

How many armed police officers protect Nick Saban and Bill Belichick after a football game? How many protect Popovich?

This dude is a joke. He’s a great basketball coach. But he’s a clown when it comes to discussing important social issues. He’s a hypocrite. He claims that cowardice drives the behavior of politicians he disagrees with. Cowardice is what drives Popovich to avoid respectfully engaging with anyone who disagrees with him.

I’m quite confident Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Marsha Blackburn would have no problem debating the Second Amendment with Popovich.

I would love to interview Popovich about the issue. I wouldn’t call him names. I’d simply like to challenge him on his narrative about the “myth” of the Second Amendment.

Why does Popovich believe he’s smarter than the founding fathers? Why are basketball players worthy of more armed security than schoolchildren?

At one point, Popovich claimed that people from all across the globe are laughing at America over our gun laws. Maybe that’s true. But they’re not laughing at the freedom our gun policies provide the average American citizen. Those Second Amendment-backed freedoms are why people all across the globe desire to gain citizenship in America.

History has proven that armed citizens will do far less violence and damage than a government that does not fear heavily armed citizens.

School shootings are atrocious. Unopposed tyrannical governments slaughter millions, including children. Governments always turn tyrannical when they have no fear of their citizens. Career politicians become know-it-alls. They’re the smartest people in every room.

Popovich reminds me of Joe Biden, a political lifer.

Biden is not a doctor or a scientist. He’s spent 50+ years in politics. Overnight, he became an expert on contagious diseases and COVID. He called COVID “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” He predicted massive deaths for the unvaccinated. If American citizens were unarmed, Joe Biden would have sent armed police officers to our homes and forced all of us to take the experimental medical trials produced by Big Pharma.

Is that freedom? That’s what I’d love to ask Gregg Popovich.

I used to be anti-Second Amendment. I was naive. I didn’t believe liberals were capable of imposing their views by force. The last decade has shaken me from that naivete.

I’ve watched Democrats cheerlead Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters as they burned, looted, and murdered across the country. I’m watching now as Democrats encourage the transgender crowd to impose their worldview by force. None of this is new. Shortly after the Civil War, Democrats launched the KKK to intimidate Republican voters.

Gregg Popovich is a typical leftist. He’s a bully. He’s an elitist. He wants one set of rules for himself and other elites and an entirely different set for the people he deems beneath him. He wants the government to take your guns because he’s made enough money to pay men to carry his. It’s cowardly.

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