December 5, 2012

Blame the man

Much too late for those who wanted to sensationalize a tragic murder-suicide, the facts about Jovan Belcher's last few hours are now coming out.
Past violence against women - check.
Known problems in current relationship - check.
Drinking in the hours before shooting(s) - check.
But if only guns were outlawed, all of those other issues wouldn't have manifested themselves, right?

Not much has been said about Belcher's early life, or any hardships he may have endured.  His mother was living with him, helping out with the, now orphaned, child - so the couple could 'work things out'.  This man had talent, money, family, support, and a good job - but chose violence.

I can name several people that have had a lifetime of heartache and hard times.  People who have lost, suffered, been victimized, and trampled on.  None of them turned to violence to solve their problems or deal with confrontations.  Character, morality, and wisdom (or the lack thereof) have a valid place in this argument, yet no one brings it up.

3 comments:

CenTexTim said...

People have been killing each other since we oozed out of the primordial slime millions of years ago. Why do some fools think that getting rid of guns will stop that all of a sudden?

InsomniacSeeker said...

Don't you know it's the continuous hits to the head playing football that caused him to pick up the gun and kill his girlfriend, then himself?
-Tina

CenTexTim said...

Please don't think for a moment that I'm excusing Jovan Belcher's actions. I most definitely am not.

But...

I recently read a very thought-provoking article about the effects of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a mind-ravaging disease associated with repetitive head trauma) on football players.

When our troops in Iran and Afghanistan suffer CTE from IEDs and other combat-related events, we are much more sympathetic and understanding. But when it comes to sports like football, MMA, etc., we shrug our collective shoulders.

Please go read the article. It has made me much more uncomfortable about watching football.

And since I grew up in Texas and played the sport in my youth, that's saying something...