Over the weekend, an NFL player named Jovan Belcher decided that he would shoot his 22-year old girlfriend to death and then drive to Arrowhead Stadium (where his team, the Chiefs, play their home games) and then shoot himself to death in front of the general manager and his coach. He leaves his 3-month old daughter an orphan. Classy.
Naturally, after something like this, everyone is speculating as to what happened. I've seen it posited in a few forums that maybe he was depressed. Some people were awfully quick to jump in with the old head-injuries-in-the-NFL argument. While I find both of those to be rather silly at this point, there's one other stance that some softheads are taking that is just the most ridiculous of them all. That point is that it's the gun's fault.
These anti-gun zealots always come blasting out of the woodwork whenever something like this happens. I'm used to them. What I'm not used to is Bob Costas, legendary sports commentator, coming out anti-gun during an NFL football game. Bob Costas is probably as high up on the sports broadcasting chain as you can get. He's a smart guy when it comes to sports. He comes off like a completely dope when it comes to guns.
He quoted a lot from an article by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock. Here's what he said: “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.”
You have GOT to be kidding me?? If he didn't have a gun then they would both be alive? Really? Are both Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock (whose work I am admittedly not familiar with) that short sighted that they really believe that? They can't honestly think that's true...can they? Boy, it sure is a good thing that OJ Simpson didn't have a gun because if he did then Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman would have been killed! Good thing that they're alive because he didn't have a gun! Oh. Wait. Yeah, that's not how that scenario turned out. At all.
don't think I can have the all-guns-should-be-banned argument again. Whenever this argument comes up, my head feels like it wants to explode. Do these people think that if we make handguns illegal that no one will have one? That's why no one smokes pot, right? Because it's illegal? Right. We've got that completely under control. That aside, it's in the Second Amendment to the Constitution that we GET to have guns. Are Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock suggesting that we do away with the Second Amendment? You know what? They probably are.
And while there's still a bunch of speculation that's going on as to what went down to make Jovan Belcher do what he did, I'm going to call it right now. This scenario is as old as the hills. The guy kills the girlfriend/wife and then kills himself. Why does he do it? Because he thought there was someone else or there was someone else. It's that simple. It's crazy jealousy that takes over a person who has no idea how to control themselves or their emotions and that person ends up making the worst decision of their life. Just wait. The more that we learn about the events that lead up to this, I can almost guarantee that there will be talk of another man in the picture. You heard it here first.
Finally, I want to focus not on the unspeakable acts of the NFL player and instead make a point to remember the woman that he killed. (By the way, if you're feeling like you want to off yourself, please get some help. If you still end up deciding that you're going to off yourself, please don't take anyone else with you. Then again, I don't think this was the scenario in this instance. I think he killed her because he was crazy jealous and when he realized what a poor choice that was, he killed himself because he wasn't about to stick around for the consequences. Cowardly a-hole.) Her name was Kasandra Perkins. If we're going to remember anything from this at this point, it should be her and her daughter. Forget about him. He's not worth remembering.