Chiefs Kicker Says Parade Shooting Wasn’t About The Guns: ‘We Need Strong Fathers’
HENDERSON, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 08: Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks to the media during Kansas City Chiefs media availability ahead of Super Bowl LVIII at Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa on February 08, 2024 in Henderson, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker pushed back on the narrative blaming guns for the shooting that rocked this year’s Super Bowl victory parade in his home city. Instead, he attributed the rise in violent crime to a growing lack of fathers in the home.

Butler made the comments during a recent interview with “EWTN News In Depth,” where he explained that a lack of good parenting, particularly from fathers, was spilling from homes into the streets as young men — and increasingly, young women as well — are resorting to violent outbursts to solve disputes.


“I know gun violence was a big discussion, but at the end of the day, this is degenerate violence and it should not be occurring,” the kicker explained. “I think we need strong fathers in the home. I think we need men that are leading, that are setting good examples, that are teaching the young men in our society that violence is not the way to handle our disputes.”

“It’s very unfortunate what happened. Unfortunately, many, many children were injured. A beautiful, young lady was killed over someone getting offended and turning to violence to handle that dispute,” Butker continued, referencing the shooting in Kansas City directly. “It’s so sad. I don’t think guns are the issue. I think we need fathers in the home that are being great examples for our youth.”

The shooting that rocked this year’s Super Bowl parade broke out as a dispute between two groups of people quickly escalated to multiple members of both groups first brandishing weapons and then shooting. One woman was killed and a number of others — including several children — were injured in the crossfire.

Officials reported that in the aftermath of the shooting, two juveniles have been arrested and detained, and three men were charged with federal gun crimes.

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