Jim Boeheim, in the spotlight after his 900th coaching victory, chose to use the moment to speak out on the issue of gun control in America.
The Syracuse coach, whose No. 3-ranked team beat Detroit 72-68 on Monday, was thinking of last week’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School when he spoke after the game.
“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,” he said.
At 68, Boeheim is only the third Division I men’s coach to reach 900 wins. He has four children and says he enjoys hunting, but remains upset after the deaths of 20 children and six adults at the school Friday.
“If one person in this world; the NRA president, anybody, can tell me why we need assault weapons with 30 shots in the thing…” he said. “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.”
Boeheim said he supported New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has been outspoken in the days since the Newtown, Conn., tragedy. “If we can’t get this thing done, I’m with [Bloomberg], if we can’t get this thing done, I don’t know what kind of country we have. This is about us. This isn’t about the President or those other people down there. We have to make them understand somehow that this needs to get figured out. Real quick. Not six months from now.”