San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler spoke up and penned a remarkable letter to fans following the school shooting in Uvalde.
In recent years, after unfathomable mass shootings and moments of civil unrest, the sports world has responded in a seemingly patriotic manner. They take off their hats, observe a minute’s silence, profess the flag and enter the field of action.
If you feel the need to protest, ask Colin Kaepernick about protests. These players know how to keep quiet.
San Francisco Giants Manager Gabe Kapler took care of him Personal website on Friday to express his true feelings about yet another mass shooting in which an 18-year-old stormed into a school with an AR-15 and several rounds of ammunition to kill children. About 19 children and two adults were killed in the shooting, which also included the gunman. While officials were quick to praise law enforcement’s response, it was later revealed that there was a large delay in the response, leaving many feeling more could have been done to save lives.
Here is just part of what Kapler wrote:
“On Wednesday I went out onto the field and listened to the announcement as we honored the victims in Uvalde. I lowered my head. I stood for the national anthem. Metallica riffed on City Connect guitars.
My brain said get on one knee; My body wasn’t listening. I wanted to go back inside; instead I froze. I felt like a coward. I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. I didn’t want to take anything away from the victims and their families. There was a baseball game, a rock band, the lights, the pageantry. I knew that thousands of people used this game to escape the horrors of the world just for a short time. I knew that thousands would not understand the gesture and would take it as an insult to the military, the veterans and themselves.
But I don’t agree with the state of this country. I wish I hadn’t let my discomfort compromise my integrity.
Kapler’s full letter can be found here.
He is likely to receive backlash from those comments from those who see it as an affront to the nation and the military. It’s been forgotten of late, but peaceful protest is as American as it gets.
What Kapler says is patriotic. Like most, he is not happy that we live in a country where these mass shootings continue to take place with no action being taken to prevent future attacks. This must be protested against. It has to stop. As a country that prides itself on being the home of the brave, it is unpatriotic that it goes unprotested for fear of being somehow unpatriotic.
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