NBA Tackles Gun Violence in Christmas PSA, Claims It's Not About Politics
The NBA is taking on gun violence in a special Christmas Day PSA.
The series of video spots were directed by Spike Lee and feature interviews with families of gun violence victims and survivors. A number of NBA stars who are passionate about the issue also speak up in the videos.
The NBA, which donated air time for the ads, said the ads don't advocate for a change in policy, but they were made in collaboration with gun-control lobbying group Everytown for Gun Safety.
And President Obama praised the league for "taking a stand against gun violence."
I'm proud of the @NBA for taking a stand against gun violence. Sympathy for victims isn't enough – change requires all of us speaking up.
— President Obama (@POTUS) December 23, 2015
On "Outnumbered," Father Jonathan Morris said everyone should agree with the message of the video--to oppose gun violence--and said that guns make it easier for people to kill others. Harris Faulkner said that there should be more of a focus on the perpetrators of gun violence. And Meghan McCain called the ads "left-wing propaganda."
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