Sports Writers Make Poor Case For Gun Control

Jason Whitlock pontificates about the deaths of Kansas City Chiefs  player Jevon Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins.

"I would argue that your rationalizations speak to how numb we are in  this society to gun violence and murder. We’ve come to accept our insanity. 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."

Terrible. Terrible because it totally detracts from the reality of the  situation. The 2nd amendment has nothing to do with people killing.

His assertion that possibly it threatens liberty is without merit.

Every time this happens, out come the predictable calls for banning  something. Perhaps there are other underlying societal issues at play  we may be missing or unwilling to discuss? I'm not sure what they may  be but I'm sure this issue goes a little beyond than guns.

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  rom a government equipped with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks and nuclear weapons?

Rhetorical and emotional. Again, 'right to bear arms' is a strawman.  Predator drones? I bet Whitlock, given his appreciation for race  baiting, voted for Obama. Just saying. In any event, I want to see
statistics. Again, I bet murders and gun violence are actually in a down slope in the U.S. overall.

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.

I want citation. The ratio of murders by guns to the number of guns  out there is low.

That is, according to the National Academy of Science (cited through  Wiki in link), 6500 murders were committed in the U.S. in 1999 in a  country with over 70 million guns in circulation. That's a tiny ratio. Moreover, domestic murders are also small comparatively. So blaming  the 2nd amendment is weak and lazy.

This is plain journalism built on appealing to the emotions in the  aftermath of a tragedy. Alas, it won't stop Costas from jumping on the 'gun control' wagon. Where is he when people of lesser profiles are murdered?

All I did was a simple fact check and arrived at this. Imagine if  journalists actually did their jobs - with all that ACCESS - how much more rational they could be!

"In the coming days, Belcher’s actions will be analyzed through the  lens of concussions and head injuries. Who knows? Maybe brain damage  triggered his violent overreaction to a fight with his girlfriend.What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra  Perkins would both be alive today."

Purely speculative and unsubstantiated conjecture. It's an impossibly  silly assertion to make. To say this suggests there aren't other  methods or instruments of deaths at his disposal - ie strangling,
knife etc.

I undertsand we want answers but for the love of God, present  coherent, compelling arguments rooted in facts so we can arrive at a  solid, sane solution to offer up to public policy.

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