First, let me start off by saying that the events which took place in Kansas City this past weekend were a complete and utter tragedy. It's hard to fathom how Javon Belcher, a 25-year-old Chief's linebacker, could kill the mother of his three-month-old baby and then take his own life. I have come to the realization that there are things people do in life which cannot be explained, and this is without a doubt one of them.
During half-time of last night's Cowboys-Eagles game, NBC's Bob Costas went on for one of his weekly "insightful" musings. He began by talking about the events that happened in Kansas City, and how many around the NFL agree that ‘something like this really puts things into perspective'.Costas went on to quote Kansas City journalist Jason Whitlock, who wrote“our current gun culture ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenient store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.”
Costas continued quoting Whitlock, saying “if Javon Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins (Belcher’s girlfriend) would still be alive today.”
This kind of rationale and reasoning only goes to show the true ignorance of individuals who don’t own guns and don’t understand their true purpose. I myself own several, passed down to me from my grandfather and family. I know how to use them, and I am aware of the dangers they possess. However, I realize their importance in keeping me and my loved ones safe and the enjoyment they can bring in recreational use.
A friend of mine said it best. “Blaming a gun for someone murdering another is like blaming a spoon for childhood obesity.”
It has become all too common for society to place the blame anywhere but on those responsible. Outside influences can play a major role in a person’s life, but in the end, it is the INDIVIDUAL who makes their own choices. It is the INDIVIDUAL who decides how they will react to a situation. Take Mr. Whitlock’s ‘Convenient Store and Loud Music' confrontation, for example. If a group of teenage boys becomes involved in a dispute, it is up to them to choose the right way out. If not, it is not their weapon’s fault. Wait for it….it’s theirs.
Yes, it’s their fault. Not the video games, not the music, not the guns, theirs. Laws have been put into place to dictate what we can and cannot do. If someone decides to break those laws, it is no one’s fault but their own.
What happened to Javon Belcher and his girlfriend is a tragedy, it truly is. The worst part is that their child will grow up without ever knowing her mother or father. There’s no explanation for Saturday’s events, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Chiefs and everyone involved. However, in searching for answers, don’t begin placing the blame where it doesn’t belong. It was not the gun that killed Casandra Perkins, it was Javon Belcher. If society begins to place the responsibility of someone’s actions on an inanimate object, where do we stop? Should we ban knives? Rat poisons? Anything that could take the life of another? News flash, senseless killings started long before guns were even thought of (Genesis 4:8).
Quit trying to place the blame of Saturday’s events where it doesn’t belong Bob Costas. Understand that there are some things people do in life that cannot not be explained.
Here's Costas' rant
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