Videos have emerged of Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James shooting a couple of high-powered machine guns, undermining his comments earlier this week that “there’s no room for guns” in the U.S.
“Four kids under the age of five or six years old have been shot and killed or very badly injured, there’s no room for that,” James said on Friday, according to the Associated Press, a day after 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer killed nine people and himself at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.
“There’s no room for guns, first of all, but then for violence toward kids or anybody. I see the news go across my phone and I’m sitting there in front of my three kids, so it automatically just hit me.” (RELATED: ‘There’s No Room For Guns’: LeBron James Calls For More Regulation)
But it was just last year that James, then a power forward for the Miami Heat, visited Lock & Load Miami to take part in the gun range’s “Machine Gun Experience.”
And experience machine guns, James did.
One video recorded at the Lock & Load facility shows James enjoying an H&K MP5, a 9mm submachine gun.
He also fired an M249 SAW, a belt-fed machine gun used by the U.S. military.
James appeared to have enjoyed firing the weapons. He posed after the shooting session with Lock & Load staff holding his bullet-riddled paper targets.