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Bob Costas May Be Right to Decry Gun Culture, But Jovan Belcher Isn't a Great Example

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Bob Costas weighing in on Jovan Belcher suicide-murder
In case you went totally off-the-grid over the weekend: Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself with a handgun on Saturday.

Many outlets have suggested that Belcher's football-related brain injuries were to blame.

St. Louis native Bob Costas, on the other hand, took a moment during half-time in NBC's Sunday Night Football to point the finger elsewhere: American "gun culture."

Costas directly quoted a column that Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock published just hours after the killings, adopting the position as his own:



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.

The comments against Costas for airing this political argument during a football game started to fly immediately.

Daily RFT would say this: Costas and Whitlock may or may not be right to condemn American gun culture, in general. That's an incredibly complex and contested issue.

But their claim that Belcher and his wife would still be alive if only he hadn't had access to a gun is flimsy, for the simple reason that there are tons of ways to commit deadly violence.

Only one day before the Belcher killings, a deranged young man in Casper, Wyoming stabbed his father, his father's girlfriend and himself to death. In those attacks, he used large knives and a compound bow-and-arrow - not firearms.

Gun control wouldn't have stopped that guy. Perhaps it wouldn't have stopped Belcher either. It's impossible to know.

That's our point. Reports are starting to trickle in that Belcher and his girlfriend had a "strained" relationship, and that he didn't have an exceptional history of concussions. But until we know more, we're not quite ready to blame the gun itself.


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spawny500
spawny500

Costas is correct.  What many gun idiots don't realize is that guns give people the power over life and death.  It's that simple.  Push of a button, and your dead.  Some people we don't even allow to drive cars, but guns, almost anyone can get their hands on in this country.  Powder keg if you ask me.  I own some guns and it's fun shooting them, but I wouldn't mind giving up those guns if it meant that there would be fewer idiots out there w/ easy access to them.  Seems kinda a high price to pay for this culture of ours.  Curious to wonder how many deaths it would take for the gun idiots to realize how dangerous their toys really are and the anguish they cause many families.  And regarding the previous poster, 99.9%??  If you believe that you are a complete brain dead moron. 

bobsanidiot
bobsanidiot

That is one of the stupidest statements I’ve ever heard period.  Bad people do bad things because theycan, not because they happen to have or not have a gun available.  That’s like saying child porn is aresult of the easy availability of digital cameras or sexual assaults resulting from the bad combination of alcohol and viagra.  Bob Costas is NOT right to decry gun culture (if such a thing exists).  99.9% of gun owners will never kill acquaintances or themselves.  Blame Jovan Belcher, if he had decidednot to kill his girlfriend and himself they would both be alive obviously.

bobsanidiot
bobsanidiot

Apparently Bob has another idiot to keep him company in Spawny500.  You absolutely should give up your guns since you can’t see the complete hypocrisy of owning them and making the statement you just made.  The availability of guns DID NOT KILL JEVON BELCHER OR HIS GIRLFRIEND.  He would have done it with a knife, a car, a bomb, poison, or by pushing her off a roof and throwing himself after her.  He was highly motivated to do so.  You and those like you continue to believe the fallacy that banning guns or placing more restrictions on them will stop these incidents.  It will not.  I'm sick of people like you saying my 2nd amendment rights must be curtailed because some people can’t handle theirs and neither will the other 50 million gun owners in this country of whom less than .1% will be irresponsible.  And yes…that statistic is real even when you include all firearms related incidents (including suicides and self-defense incidents) every year in this country (roughly 50,000) and multiply that over several years.  Guns aren’t the only dangerous freedom at the disposal of US citizens.  Free speech is dangerous too especially when it’s misused by lying idiots like yourself…but you won’t hear me saying you should lose your 1st amendment rights just because you can’t form a coherent thought.  Hell if it called for it I’d even use my guns to make sure you have the freedom to keep embarrassing yourself.

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