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Bob Costas Quotes Jason Whitlock Column On Belcher Tragedy And Guns
With all that is going on, from another Trayvon Martin like moment to a Super PAC started by Mayor Bloomberg that made NRA stooges pay this past election cycle, we may finally be reaching a tipping point when it comes to how much senseless gun violence people in this country are willing to tolerate.
Here is Bob Costas tonight:
In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, that most mindless of sports clichés was heard yet again: “something like this really puts it all in perspective.”
Well, if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games.
Please. Those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective.
You want some actual perspective on this?
Well, a bit of it comes from the Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock, with whom I do not always agree, but who today said it so well, that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.
“Our current gun culture,” Whitlock wrote, “ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.”
“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 connections 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.”
The second half is next, from Dallas.
This is an important moment. And Bob Costas deserves enormous kudos for this.