As updates continue to trickle in about a possible shooting at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe took to Twitter seemingly pleading for solutions and reform to U.S. gun laws.
With the federal government currently shutdown as Congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama engage in a standoff, gunshots were reportedly heard outside of the Capitol around 2 p.m. ET.
Police swarmed the area, and
several members of Congress and their staff inside the building tweeted pictures of the scene. As of now one police officer was reported injured, but the building lockdown has been lifted. Punter Chris Kluwe spent eight seasons in Minnesota. Photo: Reuters
It’s the second such shooting in less than a month,
counting the gunman Aaron Alexis’s rampage that left 12 people dead and four others wounded in the Washington Navy Yard.
Kluwe, 31, started around 2:34 p.m. ET, alluding to the shutdown:
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" Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft 17m Is the possibility of actually getting physically shot enough for politicians to finally have a legitimate discussion on gun control?"
Kluwe then called out any of his more than 177,000 followers who would question his sensitivity to the situation.
" Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft 15m And for those saying "WAY TO POLITICIZE IT RIGHT AWAY ERMAGERD," guess what? YOUR WAY ISN'T WORKING. People keep shooting other people." " Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft 13m If all you do is wring your hands and say "What a tragedy, lets take some time to just let things calm down," well, we've tried that." " Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft 12m I'm not interested in politicizing anything. I'm interested in fixing a problem that KEEPS HAPPENING." " Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft 12m Which means we have to address the fact that what we've done before obviously isn't working. Something has to change."
The 31-year-old also stated he wasn’t for restricting guns outright, and praised responsible owners.
" Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft 9m And again, if you try and prop a straw man argument saying I'm calling for taking away all guns, don't waste my time. Guns are a useful tool" " Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft 9m but they're also a very dangerous tool. Our current laws and regulations do not reflect that reality." " Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft 8m If you're a responsible gun owner, good for you! YOU'RE NOT THE PROBLEM." At this time Kluwe is continuing to post on his feed, and offered his solutions. " Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft 6m My solutions. Comprehensive mental health care. Stop treating mental illness as a crime. Universal background checks for ALL purchases." " Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft 5m Criminal penalties applied to gun manufacturers if a gun is found to be illegally sold. "Sin tax" mechanism on gun sales to fund mental" " Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft 4m health programs. Mandatory permit and license training every year, similar to a driver's license test." " Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft 3m But hey, what do I know? I'm just some idiot who thinks you can actually solve problems instead of ignoring them." On Tuesday, Kluwe and a number of other veteran punters worked out for the Chicago Bears.
Kluwe was cut by Minnesota after eight seasons, and had made headlines over the past year advocating for same-sex marriage and gay rights throughout the country. He was picked up by the
Oakland Raiders back in May, but was subsequently let go.