Quarterback Carson Wentz was so thrilled to be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line that he bought all of his linemen long guns for Christmas, each weapon lovingly engraved with the man’s team number on the handle.
Wentz hails from North Dakota, where he spent his childhood hunting with his family — and he knows a good gun when he sees one. That’s why he bought his team-mates the Beretta Silver Pigeon, a top-of-the-line hunting shotgun that retails for around $2,000 and looks like it belongs in a golden age cowboy flick.
Sensing the need to ruin the party (Wentz’s teammates were thrilled with the gift), Pennsylvania anti-gun group, CeaseFirePA immediately issued a panicked statement, questioning the Eagles’ ability to wield hunting weapons.
“Our staff’s immediate reaction to the news about Wentz’s gifts to his teammates was to ensure that the gifts were used safely and responsibly,” wrote CeaseFirePA Executive Director Shira Goodman.
Of course, they aren’t wrong to be concerned. Back in October, Eagles linebacker Nigel Brandham ran into trouble when he tried to take a loaded gun through a security checkpoint at Miami International Airport. And in November, the Eagles lost a player after he was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm (along with hollow-point bullets and a baggie of marijuana).
But according to Guns.com, CeaseFirePA’s plan involves buying trigger locks or cable locks to send to the team — so that they won’t discharge their weapons in haste — not responsible gun ownership classes, and there’s a problem with that.
The Silver Pigeon is a shotgun, not a handgun, and trigger locks and cable locks are unreliable when used on shotguns. It’s also, according to gun enthusiasts, one of the safest shotguns on the market. So CeaseFirePA didn’t do their homework.
“Maybe next time instead of looking for attention, CeasefirePA can do the rudimentary work it takes to discover that Carson Wentz bought his offensive line one of the safest firearms on the planet, which simply cannot be fired when stored,” wrote Bob Owns of Bearing Arms. “CeasefirePA, like most gun control groups, runs on a toxic mix of ignorance arrogance, and fear.”
Carson reportedly told his teammates that he’ll instruct them on how to properly hold, use and store their guns, just in case.