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John DeShazier: Saints Coach Sean Payton speaks out against gun violence

Payton: 'The current protocol is not working'

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The latest incident of gun violence on American soil triggered another plea by Coach Sean Payton for something to be done to prevent the killing.

As the New Orleans Saints returned home Sunday night from posting a 20-0 victory over Miami at Wembley Stadium in London, a lone shooter on the Las Vegas Strip riddled with bullets a crowd that had gathered for an outdoor concert.

The incident is the deadliest mass shooting in American history: at least 59 dead (including the gunman) and 527 injured.

Payton took to Twitter to seize on a statistic provided by The New York Times – number of Americans killed on battlefields in all wars in history, 1,396,733; number killed by firearms in the U.S. since 1968, 1,516,863 – and called it a "Crazy Statistic!!" Payton followed with "It's time," and finished with the hashtag, "#CommonSense."

"I just think, let's start from this standpoint: The current protocol is not working," Payton said Tuesday during a teleconference with local media. "The current system is not working. The madness is when you go years and years and years and say, 'Well.' The current policies and thoughts are flawed.

"I believe this in my heart: We as a society owe it to our children, we have to be better that way. I made my statements clear after the death of (former Saints defensive end) Will Smith. These things come up and they come up and then you try to draw parallels throughout our world, and it's hard to find other countries like that. And here we are as educated and as smart and forward-thinking as we think we are, and yet, it's broken and it's obvious."

Payton said of his stance: "If that pisses people off, that's tough.

"It's just common sense. We can quietly sit; I just think it's frustrating. Sometimes you see things from afar and you look and you think it's madness."

THE QUARTER POLE: Payton said the early bye allows him to take stock of the Saints after four weeks. Two losses have been followed by two victories.

"If your bye comes relatively early here after four weeks, you have a chance to look at those four games separately and then also collectively, and see what you're doing well and what you're not doing well," he said. "There's a handful of things that I've got a list of that we'll talk about as coaches, try to clean some of the things up and then have that extra time when they come back prior to the Detroit game."

In detailing some of the positives and negatives, he said, "We've done a better job with the ball security, I like that. I think we've played better defense the last two games, which is encouraging. I don't like the penalties both in last week's game and in the kicking game. And hopefully, we'll be a little bit healthier and it'll be a little clearer as to where we're at with some guys at certain positions."

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