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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton on Gun Control

"I hate guns."

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"I just know this: [New Orleans] is broken. It's like our big little secret."

That is a line from New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton following the death of former Saints Defensive End Will Smith. The entire interview can be heard here, and it should be listened to as there are plenty of interesting points Coach Payton makes.

Payton does not just speak out of ignorance to the situation surrounding Will Smith's death. In fact, he did some independent research on the type of gun that was allegedly used by Cardelle Hayes:

"It was a large caliber gun. A .45...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 [fired at Will Smith's right torso], he took three more in his back."

Sean Payton understands that his home state is in the God-fearing, gun-loving Bible belt.

I find myself leaning to the right on some issues. But on this issue, I can't wrap my brain around it... I've heard people argue that everybody needs a gun. That's madness... The idea that we need them to fend off intruders...people are more apt to draw them - That's some silly stuff we're hanging on to... If this opinion in Louisiana is super unpopular, so be it.

Very succinctly, he sums up his opinion in three words:

I hate guns.

This statement was released the same day it was reported a loaded gun that had not been fired was found in the car driven by Will Smith on the night of his death.