Football fans across the world were shocked over the weekend when NFL star Jevon Beltcher took a gun and killed his girlfriend and then himself.
A terrible event that reeks of the greatest of injustices on many levels.
But many NFL fans were also shocked when NBC sports man Bob Costas used NBC's broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys game to tell them what he thought about it.
Quoting or paraphrasing an article written by a Kansas City sports writer, Costas said this:
"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."
He ended by quoting the writer's comments that if Jevon Beltcher didn't posses a gun, he and his girlfriend would both be alive today.
Not only do I disagree with everything Costas said, he was out of line forcing it upon folks that just tuned in to watch a football game.
At the very least, broadcaster's opinions on issues like that should come with a clear warning and clear label. This one did not.
Of course, I give my opinion here every week. But you all know it's coming, and I don't surprise our viewers with an unlabeled opinion on issues like gun control.
So fair warning: here's my opinion. Simply put, I believe the old saying, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."
And owning a gun did not make Jevon Beltcher a murderer. Jevon Beltcher made himself a murderer.
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