Let’s Get Political

See what I did there, Olivia?

Although I don’t condone political statements on Werewolves & Shotglasses – they’re better slated for folk who weren’t hugged enough during childhood – I was perturbed enough by Bob Costas last night that I have the urge to flick my tongue about the issue.

For those of you who didn’t watch Sunday Night Football and are unaware of Bob Costas’ political upchuck:

He is referring to the murder-suicide committed by Kansas City Chief’s former linebacker Jovan Belcher who ended the life of his girlfriend before taking his own.

Given, Costas was paraphrasing the words of Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, but he used the national stage to push his political mindset onto the millions of viewers who thought they were tuning in to watch a football game, not a lecture.

My major issue is the lack of responsibility placed upon Jovan Belcher, a murderer. Most of the chatter seems to be centering around the fact that he killed himself and that if there were more gun control laws this wouldn’t have occurred, which is grossly shortsighted.

As a friend of mine stated, “It’s 2012 – responsibility for your actions doesn’t exist” – a dead on statement. We have become a nation that seeks to blame anything but ourselves for our actions – it is always someone or something else’s fault. We have forgotten that despite a tremendous amount of human evolution, we are still human and subject to mistakes and shortcomings.

And stronger gun control laws wouldn’t have mattered.

Aside from the fact that more than guns can kill humans – knives, poisons, fists, candlestick holders – it would make little difference if laws were more stringent. Drugs are illegal, yet are nationally prevalent – the “War on Drugs” being called fruitless some years ago – and that does not keep them out of our children’s hands. You could argue that you can’t kill someone with a drug like you can with a gun, but that’s not the point – the point is that drugs are illegal, yet that didn’t slow them down much did it?

So we should look at this for what it is without the political white noise – an unfortunate mistake by a man who, I will openly guess, realized what he had done as soon as he pulled that trigger on his girlfriend and decided that he no longer deserved to live due to that decision.

Please don’t be brainwashed by anyone who tries to soapbox upon this tragedy. They’re limelight trolls.

4 thoughts on “Let’s Get Political

  1. IntrovertedAnalyst

    I normally don’t mind Costas, but that was a really bone-headed statement on his part. As you said it deflects from the fact that Belcher is the one who pulled the trigger, and puts the blame on a ‘gun culture’ rather than on the murderer. Who is that article- and Costas by extension- to say that Belcher and his girlfried wouldn’t be alive without a gun? If the guy was intent on killing, the murder probably would have happened regardless of whether or not a gun was there- I can’t imagine the poor girl, or anyone, for that matter, being able to do much against a professional football player in a physical confrontation.

    And by placing the blame on the gun culture rather than on the perpetrator, it seems like Costas is perpetuating the glorification of athletes by casting Belcher as an instrument of something outside his control, instead of admitting the guy chose to kill . I’d have been more impressed if Costas had openly said that this guy was a murderous asshole- or the g-rated equivalent.

    1. G.P. Merwede Post author

      I’ve noticed in the last few weeks that sports writers are pointing the finger at Belcher, not allowing him to be glorified or martyred in any sort of way. Also, they are rallying against the idea that stronger gun laws are the answer – but unfortunately, humans tend to overreact when these type of events occur.

  2. Trent Lewin

    I think Costas’ first part there was okay, the reference to perspective and the use of tragedy to continually refine it. The gun stuff was way heavy-handed though. Not that I don’t agree with him (guns are dumb in my opinion), but a sporting arena isn’t a soapbox for a commentator.

    1. G.P. Merwede Post author

      He should have stopped after he mentioned the part about placing everything into perspective. It seems to have been swept under the rug at this point – as it should have been, wasn’t an overly big issue – but exactly to your point, sporting events aren’t political lecterns.


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