Monday, December 3, 2012

Bob Costas Makes An Amazing Assumption

In the wake of Saturday's murder-suicide by National Football League Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jevon Belcher, self-righteous, self-important, Hall of Fame asshat Bob Costas descended from the heavens to pontificate and enlighten us unwashed with his oh so sorely needed commentary.

Costas took to the air at halftime during NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast to give his opinion to a nation holding its collective breath awaiting his judgement on the situation.

Quoting Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, Costas made what is probably the most ludicrous statement that anyone can make about this tragedy:

"If Jevon Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

Here's what Whitlock wrote in his column:

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.
 If Costas and Whitlock really believe that Mr. Belcher and Ms. Perkins would still be alive if Belcher did not have a gun, then there is no hope for these two or anyone else who shares that belief.

Whatever it was that drove a 25 year old professional athlete to kill his 22 year old girlfriend, the mother of his 3 month old child, was not going to be avoided had he not had access to a gun.

For both Whitlock and Costas to make this ludicrous assumption that this wouldn't have happened if Belcher didn't have a gun, is incredibly irresponsible.

Whitlock and Costas are both national pundits who have a platform to air their opinions. All well and good until what is an opinion becomes a statement of fact, then that is beyond reason. Especially given these reckless statements they've both made are based on flimsy assumptions playing on emotions and political leanings.

OJ Simpson or whoever you want to believe killed Nicole Brown Simpson  and Ronald Goldman in 1994, used a knife.

If someone wants to kill someone whether it's premeditated or in the heat of the moment, they will find the means.

Blaming access to a firearm is simply a copout. It's so easy to pontificate about guns and the number of murders committed every year.

Whether you're pro or anti gun, you cannot make a statement that someone would still be alive if they only didn't have a gun.

They've tried to ban guns in Chicago and that doesn't seem to be working out too well.

Here is a list of gun homicides by nation as it relates to gun ownership throughout the world. Interestingly, the United States has the highest ownership rate, but is ranked 28th in firearm murder rate.

The same day, an employee of the NFL's Cleveland Browns also committed suicide at the team's headquarters. Isn't it ironic that this is not getting the attention that the shooting has. For one, nobody else was killed (which is a good thing), the other is that this person was a club employee, not a professional athlete.

Eric Eucker, the Browns groundskeeper will soon be forgotten and likely never mentioned when Jevon Belcher's name is brought up. How ironic that both men committed suicide on the same day at their respective team's headquarters.

What's so different about them other than the fact that one is a highly skilled, highly paid professional athlete?

Eucker hung himself.

Funny how Costas and Whitlock had nothing to say about this incident.

Imagine if Eric Eucker didn't have access to any rope or whatever he used to hang himself...

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