Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Some people just can't allow a tragedy to be what it is, some people just have to politicize it.












Former Obama Chief of Staff and now current Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emmanuel said that "a crisis is a terrible thing to waste". We hear stories on the local news from time to time about people who kill a loved one and then commit suicide afterwards. These murders are always senseless and a tragic waste of life. You all have probably heard about the murder suicide committed by former linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs Jovan Belcher. He killed his girlfriend 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins Saturday in their home then drove to the Chief's training facility to thank Coach Romeo Crennel and the General Manager Scott Pioli for giving his a chance to play, then he pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head right in front of them. There are so many sad angles to this story. First and foremost, a three month old baby girl is now going to grow up without a mother and father and probably will be emotionally scared knowing how her parents died when she grows up. Second, Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli are going to have to live with the image of a man killing himself right in front of their eyes to the day they die. Third,  the parents, friends and family of both Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins have to live with the emotional pain of trying to understand why did this have to happen. And last but not least,  the story itself over the loss of life of Kasandra Perkins and the turmoil with Jovan which made him snap in the first place. When I saw the story Saturday evening, I immediately thought back to the suicide by former San Diego Charger Junior Seau which happened just a few months ago back in May. Junior's suicide popped into my head, because it has been said that psychological issues caused by concussions may have played a major role in his suicide an previous attempts.. The issue of concussions have become front and center news in the NFL and in the world of contact sports. It was a natural conclusion to immediately ponder whether head injuries were the reason behind the murder suicide by Jovan. I might be right. I'm not going to got any deeper into this story, because I have to switch gears. I talked about a crisis being a terrible thing to waste originally. Well it didn't take long for this tragedy to have been politically exploited.

During the Sunday Night football broadcast between the Eagles and the Giants, sports broadcaster Bob Costsas made a 90 second  segment in which he quoted  from a column by FOX Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, with Costas making the following absurd and ridiculous statement.
'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.''


 The sports media is sad to say just as progressive as the supposed news media is. So it isn't shocking that the gun debate would be drawn into a situation where is has no place. It's absurd, childish, stupid and beyond naive to think nor even say that Kasandra and Jovan would still be alive if Jovan didn't have a gun.  Who's dumb enough besides Bob and Jason to believe that the only was a person can kill others and themselves is with a gun? Bob is a sportscaster, yet he  must have forgotten that Junior Seau tried to commit suicide in 2010 by "driving his car off of a cliff".Did it ever occur to Jason and Bob and others who think like them that if Jevon was mentally sound, he may have never snapped and did what he did in the first place? There was a story reported from the website Deadspin in which a friend of Jovan said that Jevon was "dazed, suffering from short-term memory loss” Also, after his last start; alcohol, painkillers, domestic tensions played a role In Murder. Once the medical examiner finishes his or her work, the truth will be known. While others who are clueless and shallow and are not grounded in reality as to highlight that a gun was used in this murder-suicide, others with common sense are more concerned into how did this happen in the first place. Just last year,  Dave Duerson who was a player for the Chicago Bears shot himself in the chest. He left a note to his family  requesting that his brain be donated to the "Study of Football Head Injuries". This is what people like Bob Costsas and others should be talking about. What is causing NFL players to use a gun in the first place to take their own lives and in the case of Jovan the life of another.

9 Comments:

Blogger p. anthony allen said...

Here's my take on this situation...

It's entirely possible that Belcher could have killed his girlfriend and himself without a gun. However, the sad fact is that a gun was used. But I digress. The gun nuts are right on this one. It wasn't the gun that killed both of these people. IT WAS THE BULLETS!

So if Belcher didn't have any 'bullets' the gun would have been almost ineffective. Sure. he could have beat someone to death with the gun. But there are many other blunt objects that could you could beat someone with. Instead of using a hammer, crow bar, a steel pipe, etc., for their intended use, all these thing and more can be used to kill. Of course you could use a knife to kill, instead of carving a turkey or chopping veggie's.

But wait... he used a HANDGUN! Hmmmmm... A handgun has an "intended" use also.

Criminals often use handguns for their "intended" use. I remember watching a movie once about American gangsters of the 1920's and 30's. In the movie, which was said to be based on true events, mob boss and notorious gangster Al Capone killed on of his rivals with a baseball bat. I'd guess had Capone not had a baseball bat he would have used a gun (with bullets) to kill the guy.

It's strange because Capone was able to kill someone with a bat or a gun. Yet no one has ever hit a home run with a handgun...

1:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guns don't kill people, its the person who hold the gun that kills people; a gun is just a tool, much as it's a weapon. Anybody can use any object like a pencil, a baseball bat (like you Al Capone as you mentioned Allen), a typewriter (like how Paul Sheldon bludgeoned Annie Wilkes to death in "Misery") etc. as a weapon.

Other "football" related murders or suicide come to mind:

When Jeff Alm of the Houston Oilers car went down an embankment that killed his passenger, so distraught, he took his own life. According to toxicology report, Alm's blood alcohol-level of .14, over the .10 legal limit and was taking the prescription barbiturate, Fiorinal, a type of muscle relaxant. Did he playing football had anything to do with his death?

Did the blows OJ Simpson has taken during his playing career had any effect for him to later beat and murder his wife?

Did Ray Carruth of the Carolina Panthers took to many beatings on the field that he arranged a murder-for-hire to kill his girlfriend and his unborn child?

Or former Tennessee Titan QB Steve McNair who was found dead shot by his girlfriend who took her own life. Who knows what football had to do with this murder suicide other than McNair was a former football player.

-Big Pop

2:32 AM  
Blogger -FJ said...

Some people just can't pass a church w/o resiting the urge to preach. ;)

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you argument can be taken further...if we get rid of all metals there would be no killing. Then we would use clubs and you would want to outlaw all wood products. Then we would stangle each other and you would want everyone to have their hands amputated. Why don't you get your head out of your ass and see the real problem...a lack of values, ethics and morality that the modern liberal society have created. Running God out of our culture has led to the real problem but I suppose you are for burning all bibles too.

1:24 PM  
Blogger p. anthony allen said...

anon;"a lack of values, ethics and morality that the modern liberal society have created. Running God out of our culture has led to the real problem but I suppose you are for burning all bibles too".

"Liberal" society??? Modern liberal society created lack of values, ethics and morality? Ask the native Americans about "pre- modern" values, morality and ethics. Do you really believe ethics, morality and values were the basis for slavery, Jim Crow laws and Indian reservations?

Furthermore, God has not been run out the American culture. If anything, more people are "choosing" not to publicly display a religious belief, which allows them to not mix, and/or separate their religion from politics.

Yet some conservatives (such as yourself) selfishly concocted the misguided notion that, because some Americans choose to separate their politics and religion, that somehow "God has been run out." Well anon, I've got some bad news for you. If you believe God was ran out of the culture, you're going to have to go back further than "modern society."

As I stated earlier, where were the values, ethics and morality applied to the native Americans and African slaves? Where were the values, ethics and morality during the forming days of the Wild West? Prior to women's suffrage? During prohibition? The era of the organized and mobster crime? After prohibition? Jim Crow? The Tuskegee syphilis experiment? Kent State? The Iraq war?

The violence (gun violence in particular) that we have now is merely a continuance of the violence this country has seen since it's inception. As Big Pop so eloquently stated; "Guns don't kill people, its the person who hold the gun that kills people; a gun is just a tool." And as with any man made "tool", the gun (with bullets of course) has it's purpose, which is to penetrate living things in order to kill.

The cause of American violence is no way related to your misguided notion that God has been run out of the culture. The fact is that gun violence has been, and is very much a "part of" American culture.

3:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand how the NFL would ask the people around stadiums prior to the games for a moment of silence for Belcher? Belcher does not deserve any respect for murdering his girlfriend!
-Big Pop

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for more Liberal idiocy in the sports media . . .

ESPN Analyst Calls RGIII a ‘Cornball Brother’ Because He May Be a Republican

Parker, a columnist at a handful of outlets over the years, has a history of stirring the pot when it comes to race issues in sports. He teeters back and forth between evaluating how “black” Griffin is – “kind of black,” “not really down with the cause” or “not one of us,” but it’s the evidence that prompted his hand wringing that’s so disturbing. “We all know he has a white fiancé. There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to why he has an issue.”

"Not one of us" . . . nice.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A poster writes; "Guns don't kill people, its the person who hold the gun that kills people; a gun is just a tool." And as with any man made "tool", the gun (with bullets of course) has it's purpose, which is to penetrate living things in order to kill.
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Today at a Connecticut elementary school, a crazed Democrat supporter went on a shooting spree and killed 27 people. As of the last reports I've read, it appears as though no school staff were armed to prevent the shootings.

In most school districts criminal background checks are required before you are hired. What's needed is basic para-military styled training for school staff. This kind of carnage is not going to stop until we wise up and understand that our 2nd amendment rights are under attack by the Demonrat Party.

Due to the election of an anti-gun Communist Socialist anti-capitalist Godless shrew, our children are now being attacked and killed. I place this incident solely at the feet of Obumgo. His open attack on our 2nd amendment rights has reached the pinnacle of distress. Every school should have a ready cashe of weapons and trained personnel on how to use them if so required. This Demonrat Party madness has to be put to a stop.
-A Proud American Gun Owner-

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Proud gun owner how did you come to the conclusion that a democrat supporter did the shooting. And how do you come to blame Obama? Nothing you said makes any sense. You are just as crazy as the guy that killed those kids. Its people like you that commit these types of crimes.

Gerald T-

10:45 AM  

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