LeBron James criticizes gun laws after UNLV shooting: ‘It’s ridiculous’

LAS VEGAS — As the Lakers and the NBA descended upon T-Mobile Arena for the final four of the league’s inaugural In-Season Tournament, the host city was mourning after a tragic mass shooting that left at least three dead on the UNLV campus – just a few miles away from where the tournament will wrap up.

Lakers star LeBron James, who has been a vocal advocate for gun control and reform for years, offered his condolences to the families and friends who lost their loved ones while also criticizing gun policies in the U.S. in the wake of the shooting.

“It just goes back to what I said before about guns in America,” James said during his Wednesday afternoon media availability at the arena ahead of the Lakers’ semifinal matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night.

James added: “It’s such a longer conversation, but we keep dealing with the same story, this same conversation every single time it happens, and it just continues to happen. The ability to get a gun, the ability to do these things over and over and over, and there’s been no change is literally ridiculous.”

The Lakers had yet to leave Los Angeles for Las Vegas when reports of shots fired at about 11:45 a.m. sent police swarming onto UNLV’s campus while students and professors barricaded themselves inside classrooms and dorm rooms.

UNLV police chief Adam Garcia said the gunman went to several floors before he was killed in a shootout with two university detectives outside the building. Authorities gave the all-clear about 40 minutes after the first report of an active shooter.