Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman stepped outside the basketball world for a few minutes during a recent radio interview and tackled a subject that seems to be important to him.
Kaman, a gun owner, gave his take on gun legislation. The 30-year-old, who signed a one-year deal with the Mavericks in July, said he understands some aspects of the firearm regulations being discussed in Washington, but adds there’s still plenty he doesn’t comprehend.
“Listen, I’m just saying, I’m a big-time advocate for gun control, all that,” Kaman said on 1310 The Ticket [KTCK-AM] in Dallas on Thursday, according to The Dallas Morning News. “But it’s got to be within reason. You don’t just kill the whole deal.
“I think it’s important. You can’t just sell anything to anybody. There’s got to be some kind of rules. There’s got to be better background checks. I agree with all that. The magazine thing, I’m OK with them changing the magazines down to even five rounds. But to outrightly just ban the whole setup? You know how many people have assault rifles in this world? It’s unbelievable.”
Kaman also made the argument that because so many rights have been added over the years, it doesn’t make sense to take away others.
“What about people’s rights? At one point we started letting women vote, OK, it changed people’s rights,” Kaman said. “Now we’re letting gay — we’re letting homosexuals get married. They’re making more rights for more people. So why all of the sudden are we taking away the right for people to own guns?”