I missed this as I have no stomach for watching overpaid meat puppets play games. This is what I know …
NBC broadcaster Bob Costas used his halftime segment on ”Sunday Night Football” to advocate for gun control following this weekend’s murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, causing an immediate debate on social media.
In a segment about 90 seconds long, Costas paraphrased and quoted extensively from
a piece by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock. I would argue that your rationalizations speak to how numb we are in this society to gun violence and murder. We’ve come to accept our insanity. We’d prefer to avoid seriously reflecting upon the absurdity of the prevailing notion that the second amendment somehow enhances our liberty rather than threatens it.
How many young people have to die senselessly? How many lives have to be ruined before we realize the right to bear arms doesn’t protect us from a government equipped with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks and nuclear weapons?
Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.
In the coming days, Belcher’s actions will be analyzed through the lens of concussions and head injuries. Who knows? Maybe brain damage triggered his violent overreaction to a fight with his girlfriend. What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.
That is the message I wish Chiefs players, professional athletes and all of us would focus on Sunday and moving forward. Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.
After praising the column, Costas said: ”In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”
Belcher shot and killed Perkins, the mother of his 3-month daughter, on Saturday morning, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in the parking lot of the team’s practice facility.
The online reaction to Costas’ segment was swift, with many people criticizing the broadcaster for expressing his personal views on a program meant for entertainment.
I saw the story online and read it, thinking to myself yep, another loss of life likely because no one ever taught them what life is. I’m not sure of Jovan Belcher’s upbringing, but it appears he came from an affluent neighborhood where the median value of owner-occupied housing units was $378,800. He also earned a degree in child development from University of Maine.
With this little bit of background info on Jovan Belcher I don’t think it would have mattered if he had a gun or not. Something made him snap. People snap all the time. It’s only more noticeable when it’s someone that some look up to.
Bob Costas seems to be on some type of mission for gun control, even honoring Israeli athletes killed by the Palestinian group Black September in Munich at the 1972 Olympics during his coverage of the 2012 Games opening ceremony. “Still, for many, tonight with the world watching is the true time and place to remember those who were lost and how and why they died,” Costas said. Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, which promotes Jewish causes, said he appreciated Costas bringing up the issue, though he didn’t expect a moment of silence.” "IOC President Jacques Rogge offered a moment of silence Monday to the 11 Israelis during an Olympic Village ceremony promoting a United Nations initiative calling on nations to halt armed conflict during the games."
Hey Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock, what about all those killed daily from impaired drivers ? I don’t hear you advocating alcohol / drug control. Hypocrites ! And Bob & Jason, if folks want to kill someone, not having a gun isn’t going to stop them. Ask Nichole Brown Simpson about that!
To Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock .. You’re correct; Guns don’t protect us from a government equipped with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks and nuclear weapons. But they sure do protect us from thugs, criminals and assholes wanting to harm law abiding citizens.
I will add this that has been stated many times by others. Do all of you who advocate gun control actually think thugs and criminals will obey the law and give up their guns ? If you said yes, you’re either very naive, uninformed or both. If gun laws are enacted the only people with them will be Government, Law Enforcement and Criminals. Hell it’s hard to draw a line between some of the aforementioned right now, and you want law abiding citizens to lay down their arms. I don’t think so !