Blame The Men, Not The Guns
” But in the case of Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs player who shot his girlfriend and then killed himself, it’s all too easy to ignore the bigger story of domestic violence and train everyone’s attention on the gun instead.
“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.”
Ascribing human capabilities to an inanimate object — endowing handguns with the ability to “tempt us” into murder — takes silly to new lows. Amateur psychiatrists, and maybe even some children, would tell you that if someone is tempted by an object to harm someone else, that person’s probably got very serious mental problems.
The grossly irresponsible aspect of Costas’ screed against guns is that in one fell swoop, he gave us all permission to blame the weapon instead of the perpetrator.
Ironically, it’s the same kind of excuse that abusers use and too many abuse victims ultimately believe: that it isn’t the abuser’s fault. They blame alcohol, the way a woman dresses, an unkempt house, a late night out. “
- Columnist says Second Amendment to blame for Javon Belcher’s murder/suicide (al.com)
- Black Sports Columnist Jason Whitlock: NRA Is New KKK (patdollard.com)
- Bob Costas says he expected grief over gun remarks (stltoday.com)
- Bob Costas hijacks Sunday Night Football to give anti-gun lecture (twitchy.com)
- Bob Costas Now Calls His Gun Comments a ‘Mistake’ (pjmedia.com)
- Poll: Was Costas wrong to push for gun control on NFL broadcast? (kdvr.com)