Hijacking Personal Tragedy

After indicating that he was paraphrasing Kansas City writer Jason Whitlock, NBC’s Bob Costas launched into a gun-control rant during halftime of Sunday Night Football last night. He didn’t infer anything. He came right out and said that if handguns didn’t exist, Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, would still be alive.

You probably know the story; Belcher apparently shot and killed his girlfriend Saturday morning, Dec. 1, then drove to the Chiefs practice facility and shot himself to death in front of his head coach and the team’s general manager. The young couple leaves behind a three-month-old daughter.

We should probably be getting used to the hijacking of personal tragedy in the name of serving political purposes and personal viewpoints, but the opposite is true for me. It gets harder to wipe the taste out of my mouth every time.

I am not saying this in order to shovel a path for a counter argument in defense of gun ownership and the Second Amendment. Rather, it is an appeal to Bob Costas, politicians on every side of every aisle, and government officials dizzy with self-importance. Every day of every year is a time for heartfelt response to personal tragedy. Our country is in dire need of decency, and, apparently, a commentary delay of much more than seven seconds.

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