Most people recognize Chipper Jones from his baseball days with the Atlanta Braves, but a lot of hunters also know him as co-host of the hunting TV Show Major League Bowhunter. In a recent interview he came out against civilians owning “Assault rifles.”
Chipper was interviewed by Jeff Schultz of the Atlantic Journal-Constitution. The following quotes were lifted from that interview.
“I grew up in a town where two-thirds of the people who came to school drove trucks and had hunting rifles and hunting shotguns in their gun racks in their trucks,” said Jones, who was born in Deland, Fla., about an hour north of the Braves’ spring training complex, and attended high school in nearby Pierson and then Jacksonville. “But never at any point did anyone ever pull one out and say, ‘I’m going to kill somebody.’ Whenever there was a disagreement, we threw knuckles. We’d meet after school and fight. That’s just the way it was.”
“I believe in our Constitutional right to bear arms and protect ourselves. But I do not believe there is any need for civilians to own assault rifles. I just don’t.
“I would like to see something (new legislation) happen. I liken it to drugs – you’re not going to get rid of all the guns. But AR-15s and AK-47s and all this kind of stuff – they belong in the hands of soldiers. Those belong in the hands of people who know how to operate them, and whose lives depend on them operating them. Not with civilians. I have no problem with hunting rifles and shotguns and pistols and what-not. But I’m totally against civilians having those kinds of automatic and semi-automatic weapons.”
According to the article Chipper is not a member of the NRA, he does believe that they and President Trump are being unfairly targeted by the media. He also had some strong words to say about kids today.
“A lot of things have gotten worse since corporal punishment was done away with in schools. My generation of parents and maybe the generation just before have gotten away from disciplining kids and putting fear in their mind and we’ve moved into this world of entitlement: ‘We’re going to do everything we can for our kids and we’re going to spoon-feed them this and that.’ When life happens and life gets rough, kids don’t know how to handle it.”
Last time a hunting/outdoors personality (Jim Zumbo) came out against assault rifles, his career was destroyed. We will see what happens to Chipper Jones after these statements.