Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports uses the murder suicide of NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins, his girlfriend and mother of his 3 month old child, to lecture America on the Second Amendment. Who knew that he was a constitutional scholar?
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.
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.
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.
Given that this was a man of Herculean physique, I think it is likely that Kasandra Perkins would have been beaten to death and Belcher would have either found another way to take his own life or he would be left of the citizens of Missouri to decide his fate.
Liberals like Whitlock (he is a certified Sarah Palin hater) always take the Hobbesian view that the human simply is too savage and too weak to master his urges by himself and therefore must be controlled. To excuse the immoral actions, they personify an object like a gun or a drug, vesting it with the supernatural power to control a human mind.
I own multiple guns and assorted weapons, I get angry – but to date, grabbing a gun in response to an altercation has never crossed my mind. Ever.
It is instructive that Whitlock chose the term “gun culture” rather than “hip hop/gangsta culture” as his object of scorn…but I know why – if Whitlock was really interested in finding the root cause, he would have to address the exultation of the “gangsta” culture that predominates the mindset of young black men. While I cannot speak with certainty as this being contributory to this tragedy, it did happen following an argument with Miss Perkins after a Trey Songz (R&B artist) concert in Kansas City. I think it far more likely that Belcher was into hip hop than having a working knowledge of Dirks Bentley.
Whitlock needs to stick to writing about things with which he at least has a minimal level of familiarity – this article proves that isn’t guns, culture or the Constitution.