Former New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith, 34, was shot and killed on Saturday after a minor traffic incident.
Police have captured and arrested the alleged gunman Cardell Hayes, 28, and are going to charge him on second-degree murder.
As the entire NFL and Will Smith family mourned the loss, his former coach and current Saints Head Coach Sean Payton showed anger at the situation.
“I hate guns.”
Payton expressed his anger in an interview with USA Today Sports.
“I’ve heard people argue that everybody needs a gun,” Payton said. “That’s madness. I know there are many kids who grow up in a hunting environment. I get that. But there are places, like England, where even the cops don’t have guns.”
Coach Payton has described himself as someone who usually leans on the right issues, it apparent that in the issue of gun laws, he seems to lean left.
He arrived at the accident scene and later joined Smith’s family in the hospital.
“This thing just stops people.
“It was a large caliber gun. A .45,” Payton told USA Today Sports. “It was designed back during World War I. And this thing just stops people. It will kill someone within four or five seconds after they are struck. You bleed out. After the first shot, he took three more in his back. … We could go online and get 10 of them and have them shipped to our house tomorrow.
“I don’t believe that was the intention when they allowed for the right for citizens to bear arms.”