In preparation for his second season with the Texans in Houston, Antony Auclair says he’s really concerned about the killings at a Uvalde school. The organization is currently mobilizing to help the families of the victims.
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In the midst of spring camp, the Beauceron tight-end bothered to answer the protocol regarding the unspeakable horror that occurred in Texas on Tuesday. For someone who spends most of his year in Houston, the shock was brutal.
“I question myself about a lot of things. It’s quite special to imagine that you can walk into any grocery store or school and get shot,” he said.
“It reassures me that my future is in Quebec. I can’t imagine settling down there long-term. What is happening is really affecting me. I’m a guy who cares about the happiness of people in society in general. What’s happening really blows my mind,” Auclair continued.
People touched closely
Although the Texans’ headquarters are four hours from Uvalde, the organization is no less sensitive to the sad events that claimed the lives of 19 children and two adults. According to Auclair, several teammates who have children have decided to withdraw them from their respective schools. Lovie Smith, the team’s head coach, is originally from Texas. The head of the sports therapy team, Roland Ramirez, even attended elementary school in Uvalde as a teenager. In short, Texan hearts bleed.
“We are in the Texas community and as a team we spoke about these events this morning,” Auclair said. We are examining what we can do to help people who have lost children. »
“This is the second time in two weeks that we have had this type of discussion following the events in Buffalo. When you see it up close, it becomes terrifying. We are not safe from anything, and even when we are told that the United States is one of the safest countries in the world, we struggle to keep people safe. It’s a contradictory message,” lamented the Quebecer.
The 29-year-old player, entering his sixth season in the NFL, makes no bones about the increasing intensity of the myriad murderous madness unfolding across the United States.
He hopes with all his heart that the Uvalde tragedy will finally be one too many to bring about real change.
“Usually there are prayers and people move on. Right now we feel like it’s really time to change things up,” Auclair said.
“Perhaps freedom of speech goes too far. In the Buffalo attacks, the person said he would do something like that and he was never arrested. Social networks make it possible to bring like-minded people together and form groups that spread hate. Where do we draw the line? he asked himself. As for the perennial question of the right to own firearms, Auclair can only see how difficult it will be to change mentalities.
“We have passed the point of no return and taking firearms away from people who have them will be difficult. There needs to be at least more restrictions on background checks,” said the former Rouge et Or.