LeBron James tweeted his apparent support for gun control in the wake of Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 kids and seven adults.

“Imagine it happening to my kids school,” James tweeted. “I and the rest of the families would be devastated! Something has to be done. Land of the free, BS!”

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In another tweet, James wrote: “This is really messing with my mind. Kids is everything to me! And of course i have 2 of my own in elementary school as well.”

James’ Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade tweeted: “Just saw my boys walk in from school. Hugged them tight. Can’t imagine the loss of 4 families in newtown. We’re supposed to PROTECT our kids.”

Reaction from sports figures was widespread on Twiitter. Here’s a sampling:

— Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer echoed James on gun control: “Saying A Prayer For All The Families Affected By The Horrific Shooting In Connecticut… Need To Get These Guns Off The Streets…”

— Andy Miele, who plays minor league hockey in the Phoenix Coyotes system, tweeted: “How many more Shootings does there need to be before they band guns from the states. American killing Americans. Maybe we should stop Worrying about other countries killing people and focus on ours. Thoughts and prayers out to CT families”

— Sports agent Leigh Steinberg added to the chorus: “Guns Don’t Kill People….Right – ‘How many deaths will it take til we know that too many people have died’ ”

— Blake Wheeler, a Winnipeg Jets forward currently playing in Germany, tweeted: “The second amendment to the US Constitution: the right to keep and bear arms. Starting to feel outdated to me”

— But not to golfer Paul Azinger: “Americans are free to do a lousy job of raising kids, glorify violent films/videogms, omit God, then blame the gun for a murderers actions?”

— New England Patriots wide receiver Donte Stallworth cautioned against such talk just yet: “There’s plenty of time to play politics and talk gun control….today is not the day to do so. Let these people mourn their losses.”

— Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy agreed: “Talking gun control or defending the 2nd amendment.. NEITHER will bring these kids back. Its not a time of debate. Its a time of prayer.”

— Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall thinks it is time to talk about a different issue: “It hurts to hear about todays shootings. With what’s been going on is it now ok to talk about Mental Health?”

He added in another tweet: “Or will we listen to the need to take it from a tabu topic to an everyday conversation?”

— Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe also posted consecutive tweets: “The way we deal with this tragedy in CT will tell us a lot about where we’re headed as a society. Do we only address the symptoms (i.e. just gun control laws)? Or do we also address the disease – how we treat each other and those who need help.”

— Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III: “I may not be a parent, but I can not begin to imagine how it feels to have my child’s life taken away. And No one ever should”

— Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant: “Prayers go out to the families that were affected by the shooting in Connecticut, c’mon man this is too sad! Damn”

— New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees: “My heart breaks for the families of those killed in Newtown, Conn. It is so senseless. I am angry, disgusted, but most of all extremely sad”

— Former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders: “As a parent, as an American, as a human being -its heartbreaking to hear about the tragic shooting in Connecticut. My prayers to the victims”

— Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum: “Kids, they are kids! I can’t understand what’s wrong with some people in this society. Praying for those who lost someone in this tragedy”

— Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis began a tweet and linked it to his Facebook account so he could expand his thoughts beyond 140 characters. He wrote in part: “We must wake up … evil is now attacking our kids. Lord please show us another way, why so much silence when so much pain exists everyday. We must come together, lets not let this be just another Tragedy. The only way to do it is together, if it takes a village to raise 1 child then it’s gonna take everything we have to save our children.”

— USA TODAY Sports’ Jim Corbett spoke to Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who attended Virginia Tech, where there was a mass shooting in 2007.

“They just shot up an elementary school?” Hall said. “What’s going on, man? This is crazy. This is crazy. My kids go to a private school in Georgia. Thank God it’s a gated campus.

“This is ridiculous. I’m all about the right to have a gun. But I don’t need an assault rifle to go hunting. You know what I mean?”