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Why Jim Boeheim celebrated 900th win with a gun control speech

Jim Boeheim notched his 900th win as a Division 1 basketball coach. But Boeheim used the moment to advocate for tougher gun laws.

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College sports and the gun control debate don't often share the same forum.

But Syracuse University head basketball coach Jim Boeheim used his moment in the spotlight to call for more gun controls, specifically on assault rifles.

At a press conference Monday following his 900th career win, only the third NCAA Division 1 coach to reach this mark, Boeheim took aim at US gun laws.

“This will probably offend some people,’’ Boeheim said, according to The Post Standard in Syracuse. “If we in this country as Americans cannot get the people that represent us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society. I’m a hunter. I’ve hunted. I’m not talking about rifles. That’s fine. If one person in this world; the NRA president, anybody, can tell me why we need assault weapons with 30 shots in the thing. This is our fault. This is my fault and your fault. All of your faults if we don’t get out and do something about this.’’

His comments, three days after 20 children and 6 adults were gunned down in Newtown, Conn., drew applause from the Syracuse Orange fans in attendance. Boeheim went on to criticize a local politician for saying that more guns, in the hands of teachers, were needed. And Boeheim endorsed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's calls for more gun control.

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