Rays and Yankees will use game coverage to raise awareness of ‘gun violence’


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Professional sports organizations are once again choosing tragedy to seemingly promote their own political talking points.

The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees have teamed up to use their home shows for tonight’s contest to raise awareness about gun violence.

It’s just the latest black square trend that probably won’t accomplish anything. They keep screaming louder.

A minute’s silence is observed for the victims of the Texas Elementary School Massacre at Yankee Stadium before a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on May 25, 2022 in New York City.
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“Every day over 110 Americans are killed with guns and over 200 are injured by gunshots,” the Yankees tweeted. “Guns were the leading cause of death for American children and adolescents in 2020.”

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“We all deserve to be safe – in schools, grocery stores, places of worship, outdoor neighborhoods, homes and America,” the Rays wrote on Twitter. “The most recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde have shaken us to the core. The Tampa Bay Rays mourn these heartbreaking tragedies that claimed the lives of innocent children and adults. This cannot become normal. We cannot not go numb We can’t watch the We all know that if nothing changes, nothing changes.

And that’s when the Rays explain how they plan to get involved.

“The Rays organization is committed to making real change and has pledged $50,000 to Everytown For Gun Safety’s support fund. Everytown is America’s largest gun violence prevention organization. Rather than our usual coverage of the game on social media tonight, we’ve teamed up with Everytown to amplify the facts about gun violence in America. We understand that no single organization can solve this crisis alone, but by working together, we can make an impact. We invite you to join us and do what you can, when you can, where you can – because our lives depend on it.”

Law enforcement is at the scene after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, May 25.

Law enforcement is at the scene after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, May 25.
(Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images)

Yankees or Rays fans who intended to watch baseball and escape reality are compelled to listen to one side of this polarizing tragedy. Half the country believes that any trace of a gun kills, while the rest recognize America’s fight against mental illness.

A member of law enforcement lights a candle outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

A member of law enforcement lights a candle outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

It is far more likely that the solution lies somewhere in between and commitments like these only serve to drive a further wedge between the two sides.

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If these teams really want to be part of a solution, they should allow sports fans to escape from this world for a few hours. We clearly need it.


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