An Agenda of Irresponsibility
You should know the story: Cain becomes angry with God because God gave him instructions he didn’t want to follow, so his brother’s sacrifice was acceptable and his wasn’t. Out of jealousy and envy, Cain takes Abel’s life. A part of the story that isn’t revealed to us is how he did it. One thing is certain, however. He didn’t say “Oh, wow! I can’t murder my brother yet – firearms haven’t been invented!”
For Bob Costas to categorically state that “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today” is absolutely absurd. The first murder was committed without a gun and many murders and suicides have occurred since that did not involve a firearm.
The deaths of Perkins and Belcher are indeed tragic. For Costas to try and exploit that tragedy to further a political agenda is reprehensible. For his employer, NBC Sports to remain mute on the matter is complicit. If Costas was off the reservation with his remarks, the network should at least indicate that they either support his editorializing or that he expressed his own views. Their silence suggests tacit approval of the action, or that possibly he was a mere mouthpiece.
Whoever is responsible owes a huge apology to the viewing audience and to mourning families and friends who didn’t need this sad episode turned into a political football.