Costa and Whitlock: Against Second Amendment


CBS video still image, Jason Whitlock

In the wake of the recent tragedy of the suicide of Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker, Jovan Belcher, who murdered the mother of his child on the morning of December 1st 2012 and shot himself in front of his coach and general manager, two people in the sports world blame firearms for the tragedy and disavows the Second Amendment. First, sportswriter, Jason Whitlock:

BACKGROUND:  Jason Whitlockworked for Bloomington Herald Times, The Charlotte Observer, and the Ann Arbor News, formerly playing football at his high school in Indiana and then as a 1990 NFL Draft. 

In the June 2008 issue of PlayboyMagazine, Whitlock wrote a column questioning America’s incarceration and drug-war policies, the title was The Black KKK, the title being chosen by Playboy. Whitlock then wrote two columns – Kansas City Star and Foxsports.com, criticizing Playboy editorial director Chris Napolitano for the misleading and inflammatory headline. Whitlock received the Scripps Howard FoundationNational Journalism Award in 2008. He appeared regularly on ESPN’s The Sport Reporters until he was fired in September of 2006. In February of 2012, Whitlock made an unacceptable comment in the middle of the Knicks over Lakers game about player Jeremy Lin and posted on Twitter: Some luck lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple of inches of pain tonight. The Asian American Journalists Association demanded an apology. In a recent FoxSports column, Jason Whitlock wrote about the tragedy of the suicide-murder Belcher affair and wondered why his team was still playing so soon. He also spoke about firearms and violence, stating:

We’d prefer to avoid seriously reflecting upon the absurdity of the prevailing notion that the second amendment somehow enhances our liberty rather than threatens it. How many young people have to die senselessly? How many lives have to be ruined before we realize the right to bear arms doesn’t protect us from a government equipped with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks and nuclear weapons? Our current gun culture simply 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. … What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today. That is the message I wish Chiefs players, professional athletes and all of us would focus on Sunday and moving forward. 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. But we won’t. We’ll watch Sunday’s game and comfort ourselves with the false belief we’re incapable of the wickedness that exploded inside Jovan Belcher Saturday morning.

At this point of time, it is unclear why Belcher would commit murder and then commit suicide. If his intent were to do so, even if firearms were unavailable, he would have used another method. He apparently was determined to perform such actions.
Enter Bob Costas, who mentions Whitlock’s column and agreed with and uses it to make the statement that the Second Amendment caused the Belcher tragedy during halftime on a nationally televised Sunday night NFL game. NBC states that his remarks have been unfairly and hypocritically attacked by gun-rights advocates. Yet, Costas has opened his mouth at the wrong time before, like when he covered the Olympic game last summer and told viewers it was the 40thanniversary of the 1972 Munich Olympics bombing – even though the Olympic Committee expressly stated that they did not want any reminder of the incident during the games – for obvious reasons. The NFL nor NBC executives did not discipline or rebuke Costas. Costas stated, showing his ignorance of how many lives are saved by citizens protecting themselves against violent predators, and, for example, if two college girls had been carrying firearms, they would not have been raped and murdered …

There are too many people in this country leaving home carrying a gun as if it’s the same thing as ‘don’t forget my wallet’, ‘don’t forget my watch’, don’t forget my gun’, Costas said. “And more often than not, this leads to bad things far more often than it leads to good things”.

Well, Mr. Costas, better to have a firearm and not need it than not have one when it is needed.
If Mr. Costas and Mr. Whitlock do not want to own a firearm, that is certainly their right – but do not advocate that the Second Amendment needs to be abolished and take the right for other citizens to protect themselves. Moreover, Mr. Whitlock, people do not have firearms to protect themselves against our military (with their drones and heavy firepower), it is to protect themselves, their family, and their property against violent predators that you whitewash (no pun intended) in your columns.
The Belcher tragedy is indeed, just that. However, the tragedy may have occurred not using a firearm, but it was not the gun that committed the crime. If people have murder or suicide on their mind, they certainly do not need a firearm to perform the action. In that frame of mind, vehicles should be outlawed because they kill many per day all across America – most of the time because the ones who caused those accidents were irresponsible or abusing alcohol or drugs. Firearms and vehicles are inanimate objects that most people use responsibly – but we certainly should not ban them just because irresponsible and deranged people misuse them.
What needs to happen is within society itself. The same people who cry out against the Second Amendment condone legal infanticide at a rate per day across America that is unbelievable, and sadly orchestrated through government controlled facilities, paid for by the taxpayers. Abortion has become a big business. Where is Costas’ and Whitlock’s outrage over that tragedy? 
In addition to writing against citizens owning firearms for protection (sports and hunting), Whitlock also likened the NRA (National Rifle Association) to the KKK. He was referring to so many guns are the cause of Black deaths, and thus, the NRA (Whitlock assumes that its members are all white) is like the KKK, promoting firearms that kill off Blacks.
Mr. Whitlock, what is killing Blacks is the cultural attitude, making druggy record industry stars their heroes, disavowing the importance of a good education, and family values — too many Blacks live in dysfunctional homes. That is what is required to make changes — not taking away firearms. And guess what? Taking firearms from law abiding citizens only puts them in the hands of unlawful citizens, because for all the gun control laws passed, criminals do not care about laws — that is why they are called criminals. They will simply purchase illegal firearms (they do anyway) from Mexico or other places, courtesy of the drug cartel that has conveniently crossed our southern border and now infiltrate major cities in the United States, thanks to not enforcing immigration laws and not securing our border. The problem, no doubt is complex, just as our society has become; however, the solution is not repealing the Second Amendment.
The NRA statement is a clear statement of racism. Racism is not just exercised by “Whites”, Mr. Whitlock. After your statement about the Asian sport player, one could easily assume YOU are racist. 
I feel sorry for Mr. Belcher’s girlfriend, his child, and his surviving family – but do not feel sorry for Mr. Belcher because of his action. Problems are not solved that way, whatever the problem was or he perceived was.
C’mon, Costas and Whitlock – the Second Amendment threatens our liberty?!?
You both pissed off a lot of people – do you not realize that most sports fans are hunters or sports shooters?
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