Jalen Hurts addresses gun violence as Eagles set to partner with police for gun buyback event

The NFL has actually stepped up to partner with regional neighborhoods in the wake of current mass shootings throughout the United States, and the Eagles signed up with the cause on Friday. After revealing a collaboration with Philadelphia Police Department to host a weapon buyback occasion this Monday, and using orange at practice to raise awareness of weapon violence, the group resolved the rash of shootings in and beyond Philadelphia by requiring modification, without any gamer more outspoken than quarterback Jalen Hurts.

“When I sit back and think about what happened in Buffalo, Uvalde, Tulsa — whether it’s a grocery store, a hospital, elementary school — that’s no place for fear,” Hurts informed press reporters. “I can’t even imagine my little cousins not coming home from school, my little sister not coming home from school, my dad not coming home from work. … Everybody is impacted by it one way or another. Everyone sitting here may have kids, someone they love. (All action) matters, whether that be just spreading love, appreciating what you have, but ultimately getting this artillery off the streets and making true change.”

“I think it’s my duty (to speak on it),” Hurts continued. “It’s the least that I can do. The least I can do is to try to bring awareness to it. It starts with every one of us and everybody has their own unique way that they can make change but ultimately what are you doing to try to make the right things to be done? It’s gotta change. Something’s gotta change.”

As part of their shared dedication to alter the culture of weapon violence, not just around the U.S. however in the city of Philadelphia, Hurts and the Eagles are promoting a weapon buyback occasion at Lincoln Financial Field. This Monday, officers from the Philadelphia Police Department will be on hand to gather unloaded weapons in exchange for $100 present cards moneyed by the Eagles and the Center for Violence Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Anyone is welcome to go to and sell weapons without a consultation, and the occasion will be closed to the media to keep individuals confidential.

Hurts and Eagles colleagues likewise took part in a Playground Build at James Rhoads Elementary School in West Philly to promote favorable neighborhood engagement, while their orange jerseys from Friday’s practice will be auctioned off to benefit a set of Philly-based companies dealing with weapon violence, Frontline Dads and Mothers in Charge.

“We have opportunities to spread hope, love, encouragement, and uplift those around us,” Hurts stated. “I take that to heart. Being able to spend time with a kid means the world to me. Some kids get to a point where they lose hope. There’s so much negativity out there they feel like that’s the easy route to go but it doesn’t have to be like that. It doesn’t have to be like that.”

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