The shooting on Saturday involving the Chief's Jovan Belcher is a terrible trajedy for all of those involved and I would be among many who are urging prayers for the deceased and their families.
It is such a personal trajedy, that I have a difficult time with those who would turn this into an opportunity for political grandstanding. Jim Geherty of the National Review has an important reminder about this for all of us.
On the telecast of Sunday night's Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game, NBC
Sports anchor Bob Costas got up on his soapbox and quoted a column from
Jason Whitlock, declaring, "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. . . . 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."
Now that we know that Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock believe that guns emit
some sort of magic mood-altering or mind-controlling wave that make people more
confrontational and flawed, we can all hope that neither Costas or Whitlock get
their hands on a gun. (One wonders if they're secretly
Carl Rowan-style gun-control advocates.)
Kruiser: "Sanctimony has always been a Bob Costas hallmark, it's just
creepier now that it's coming from his Madame Tussauds face."
There's a famous bumper sticker that says, quite correctly, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." Each of us is created by God in His image, which means, He has endowed us will free will. Each of us who has all of our normal faculties, is fully capable of making a free choice between good and evil, and we are free to act in accordance with those choices. Blaming society is a denial of that gift of free will and a delusion.
As for guns, G.K. Chesterton made the point about not giving toy guns to little boys, that St. Stephen could be killed by stones while St. Sebastian will never be killed by toy arrows. A firearm is a tool, not an end.