Bob Costas and the myths on gun control

Bob Costas believes in gun control. Ryan James Girdusky believes in legal gun ownership and the institution of marriage.

WASHINGTON, November 4, 2012 – The homicide-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins is a tragedy. After reportedly killing the mother of his three-month old daughter, Belcher killed himself at the Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead field, infront of coach Romeo Crennel, and general manager, Scott Pioli. 

In discussing the crime, NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas and Foxsports.com columnist Jason Whitlock came to the same conclusion that Costas reiterated on air; the death was the fault of “our current gun culture” and “handguns do not enhance our safety.”  

The newscaster coming to the fool proof liberal conclusion “But here is what I believe.  If Jovan Belcher didn’t posses a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.” 

Well in this writer’s opinion, had Nicole Brown Simpson or Ronald Goldman possessed a handgun, they would be alive, and O.J. Simpson would be dead.

Often when liberals discuss such a case involving both homicide and domestic violence, the gun is blamed and the social and mental conditions of the murderer and the victim are not considered at the time of the crime.  

Here are the facts as they stand: It has been determined that Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend and himself with a gun. They also lived together and had a child without the benefit of marriage.

Two liberal myths that perpetuate this type of violence are that guns kill people, and a couple cohabitating while not married has no correlation to domestic violence.

Of interest to this story is that while playing for the University of Maine football team Belcher joined the Malne Athletes Against Violence initiative.

The New York Daily News reports that “Student athletes who signed up said they would ‘educate themselves on issues surrounding domestic violence, be positive role models and look honestly at my actions in regard to violence,’ according to a pledge card posted online.”

It is a leap of supposition to say that had Belcher been without a gun, Perkins or Belcher would still be alive. One might as well say that had Belcher not suffered a recent football injury leading to memory loss and the use of pain killers, reportedly with alcohol, they would be alive.  

Or had he not, reportedly, been “partying and drinking” the night before (CNN) they may both be alive. Had Perkins not gone out the evening before, coming home later than expected, leading to an argument, they would both be alive. 

There are many “could haves” in this tragic situation. 

The first memories this writer has of a celebrity pushing gun control was Rosie O’Donnell on her talk show discussing the issue after the massacre at Columbine. After almost every high profile tragedy since then, liberals have bemoaned gun ownership as the only real crime and the real motives are always really racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying, mental disorder or Sarah Palin posting crosshairs on Democrat districts on her website.  

The overwhelming case for stricter gun control including banning anything more dangerous than a slingshot is that guns do not make people safer. 

The most recent examples of guns ownership not equating to gun violence is in Virginia, which has seen gun sales increase 73% from 2006 to 2011, but the total number of gun related violence decreased by 24% over the same period.  And despite Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty decrying, “More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence,”  D.C. murder rates plummeted, falling two-and-a-half times that of the national average after the Supreme Court overruled the handgun ban. 

Women especially benefit from gun ownership. Since most women do not have the physical strength men do, a gun can level the playing field. In Virginia where crime has been falling for the past six years, women have now exceeded men in new gun purchases. 

There’s truth in the saying, “God made men, but Samuel Colt made them equal.”

If, however, a woman doesn’t feel comfortable owning a gun she can get the second best source of protection, a husband. Liberals often times bring up the fallacy that domestic violence is caused often by a husband who spends his nights beating his wife and children. 

Certainly that has happened. However, according to five U.S. studies there is a one and a half to two times greater frequency of domestic violence among cohabiting couples than among married couples.  

International studies of gun violence have shown similar trends, nations that have a population with higher gun ownership have lower levels of crime; such is the case in Switzerland. Similar studies detail the same truth that domestic violence is inversely related to marriage. A British study found that child abuse is twenty times more common when a woman is cohabitating with a man other than her husband.  

However, no facts, data, or generations of common experience can change a liberal’s mind that guns kill, marriage is mostly a discriminatory practice, and cohabitation has no greater cultural effect. 

It is an unfortunate paradox that liberals love truth, tradition and freedom, just like O.J. loved Nicole. 

And it takes more than a gun to make a murder. 


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Ryan James Girdusky

Ryan James Girdusky has had his work published in Human Events, DailyCaller.com, American Spectator, Townhall.com, The Christian Science Monitor and Americanthinker.com.  He is a political consultant based out of his native New York City. He has been featured on The Dr. Gina Radio Show, The Mark Skoda Show and The Edward Woodson Radio Show.

 

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