Patrick Mahomes Didn't Speak Out Over Kansas City Shooting for a Reason

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Everyone has an opinion on guns, gun laws, gun rights, and the Second Amendment. They have a right to have an opinion. The problem is that so few of them have bothered to educate themselves on the subject or, if they've tried, they get all of their information from the mainstream news and anti-gun activists (but I repeat myself).


They then go out and repeat the talking points, all without any ability to understand what they're saying beyond being told that's the opinion they should have.

Most of the time, this isn't a big deal because these are just your average people and while it's less than ideal, these people have little influence in the grand scheme of things.

Unfortunately, we've seen superstar athletes do the same thing, and they do have some influence.

Following the Kansas City shooting, a lot of people expected star players to say something. Yet the team's superstar quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, didn't.

Now, we know why.

Patrick Mahomes is one of the most recognizable faces in the NFL and across sports and was recognized as Time magazine’s "Most Influential People" on Tuesday.

In the profile, the deadly Super Bowl parade shooting in Kansas City, Missouri, was mentioned. One person was killed, and several others were wounded as the team tried to celebrate its second consecutive title, supplanting them as a dynastic team not seen since the New England Patriots.

Thoughts, prayers and calls for tighter gun-control measures rained onto social media as shots fired were reported. Mahomes offered his condolences, donated money to an aid fund for victims and went to the hospital to visit some of the victims.

However, the three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback stopped short of advocating for those measures. He explained why to Time magazine.

"I continue to educate myself," he said. "I don't want to make a quick response to something that takes a lot of education to really learn and make a swaying comment based off that. But I know we have to find a solution of some way to make this stuff stop."


In other words, he knew he was ignorant on the subject and didn't want to go off and offer an opinion until he had a clue what he was talking about.

There's literally nothing there I don't respect. I wish all his teammates would do the same.

Mahomes also has refused to endorse presidential candidates, which I think is a smart move as well.

The truth of the matter is that no one should overly care what athletes have to say on much of anything political. While some may be well-informed, most are no different than your average person on the streets. They excel in their sport, but that doesn't translate to understanding politics, rights, the law, or anything else, just like my expertise on Second Amendment politics doesn't translate to me having a great jump shot or having the ability to throw the deep ball.

And believe me, I don't.

Unfortunately, people want to know what people like Mahomes think about various topics and controversies. Whether it's just idle curiosity or because they need someone they revere to tell them what to think, the American public seems to crave celebrity political statements.

Or it may be that they want someone famous to parrot their thoughts so they know they're not alone.


Honestly, I don't care.

Mahomes is making the right move here. There's no obligation to offer an opinion on everything unless you're paid to do so and, frankly, he's not. Good on him for not going off half-cocked and saying something on a topic he knows little to nothing about.

If only more athletes would do that. Yes, I'm looking at you, LeBron.

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