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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Note to Bob Costas, Guns Are Not The Only Method That One Can Kill

     Bob Costas sparked some controversary on his comments on gun control during halftime of Sunday Night Football's game in midst of the tragic situation involving Chiefs Linebacker Javon Belcher and his girlfriend.

     As some of you already know, Bob Costas made some controversial remarks regarding gun control during halftime of Sunday night's football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. (You can watch and listen to what Costas said in the video below)



     Now I for one am for the 2nd Amendent and our right to bare arms. I also respect and appreciate someone who is for stricter gun laws especially if they are truly passionate for what they believe in, even if I disagree with it. However Costas following statement (or rather the statement he agreed with by Kansas City Writer Jason Whitlock) was rather ignorant and was easily flawed,

  "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. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions, and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows?"

"But here," wrote Jason Whitlock," is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."


     Costas, you and Whitlock could not be further from the truth when it came to this statement. Especially when it is said that if Jovan Belcher did not possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today. Crimes like these are a crime of passion and when such tragic incidents happen, a gun is arguably in fact the first weapon of choice in these circumstances. With that being said, I can easily disprove that following statement with a story out of Wyoming that just happened in the past week where a man shot and killed his father not with a gun, but a bow- and- arrow, after stabbing his stepmother to death with a knife. (link to that story can be seen here http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57556630/man-killed-father-in-wyoming-bow-and-arrow-attack/ )

     Costas heart was essentially in the right place, as this was a tragic and unfortunate incident, and that it is in fact its unfortunate it takes situations like these to put things in persepctive. But this is when the defense of "guns don't kill people, people do" as evident from the story coming out of Wyoming where a man used not a gun, but a bow-and-arrow and knife as his choice of weapon. Now did the bow-and-arrow and knife kill those two people, yes, but only because they were what was used as the choice of method to go about these crimes, as they did not have the final say or kill these two victims by thereself, but rather it was the person who used them to kill them.

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