Costas' Sunday night rant was wrong
By Michael Wright, Managing Editor
Dec 10, 2012, 08:12
Hearing the news of an apparent murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher was saddening. The news filled the airways Saturday, just hours after Belcher allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend, the mother of his 3-month-old child, before turning the gun on himself outside Arrowhead stadium in front of team officials.
A senseless act of rage, or whatever it was, took the lives of two people and left a young girl parentless. Some argue that the incident would not have happened if Belcher had not owned a gun. This includes NBC's Bob Costas who used Sunday night's NFL prime time stage to inject his two cents about the issue. He said, "If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."
That statement is inaccurate.
If Belcher did not possess a firearm they COULD be alive today, but to say they would be alive today isn't right. If Belcher did not use a firearm in the crime he allegedly committed, he could have just as easily used a knife or other weapon or even his own bare hands to commit the crime. To say that it is because of the gun that the violent episode turned deadly is erroneous.
It goes back to the saying, "Guns don't kill... people do." Granted, guns can help kill, but guns can also help protect. Just like anything else that can have deadly consequences, it boils down to responsible ownership.
Read the full article in the Dec. 9 print edition.