One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is, by disarming the people, and making it an offense to keep arms.
~ Constitutional scholar and Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, 1840
Last Saturday, a man named Jovan Belcher did the unthinkable; he killed the mother of his child and then drove to his work and took his own life in front of his bosses.
The vast majority of America would have never known about the murder-suicide if Belcher wasn't a starting linebacker for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.
Because of his status, this senseless killing and subsequent suicide made the national news and was reported on by some major media as if Iran had finally developed a nuclear bomb.
The next day the Kansas City Chiefs played on national television and throughout the game the NBC's announcers treated Belcher with fawning and almost sympathetic kindness.
The truth is that Belcher is a murderer, and if you don't believe that just ask the family of 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, a family that is grieving the tragic loss of a woman they loved and her now-parentless daughter.
Not only did NBC, and others, pay tribute to the life of Belcher, but the network also allowed broadcaster Bob Costas to present a commentary on the incident that placed the blame for the deaths squarely on gun ownership.
Costas' monologue was an underhanded attack on the Second Amendment, which protects Americans' rights to own guns.
We suspect that the vast, vast majority of gun owners in this country have taken classes to learn how to properly use the guns they've purchased. Many owners go out of their way to be careful about the storage and handling of their weapons for the safety of themselves and others.
For the executives of NBC to allow their announcers to imply that Belcher was in any way a good guy Sunday is inappropriate and sends the wrong message.
For them to then trot out Bob Costas and allow him to rail against gun owners is hypocritical and an abuse of the company's own First Amendment rights.
Owning a gun does not make anyone a killer; the illegal and irresponsible use of one could.