Jovan Belcher: Self-Control Not Gun Control

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KANSAS CITY, MO - 2009: Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by NFL Photos)
The Javon Belcher murder-suicide doesn't sway my Second Amendment support one iota. Disarming the law abiding isn't the answer.
Responsible gun owners usually do little more than brandish weapons to send suspects scurrying away. A visit to the site,, reveals the following:
* A 1994 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans use guns to frighten away intruders who are breaking into their homes about 498,000 times per year.[20]


* A 1982 survey of male felons in 11 state prisons dispersed across the U.S. found:[21]


• 34% had been "scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim"

• 40% had decided not to commit a crime because they "knew or believed that the victim was carrying a gun"

• 69% personally knew other criminals who had been "scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim"[22]

Far from trigger happy yahoos, responsible gun owners scare away would-be assailants far more than shooting them.
Theories abound about why this murder-suicide happened. Small comfort is found in the 69% decrease in these tragedies reported by the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC), at the University of Minnesota.
An unarmed NFL line backer is still capable of homicide- more so than most. He had a range of options at his disposal- including non-violence.
He chose murder and then suicide. Unlike the usual demographic in these scenarios he wasn't unemployed nor under-employed.
Rumors circulate wildly about drug use and financial problems but time will reveal the motive. 
Self-control is the issue here, not gun control. 
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Comment by Charles E Papp on December 5, 2012 at 8:05pm

Ah, the truth, but in a liberal society, self control and responsibility are "bad words" to be censored. Amazing that following the murder with a bow and arrow wasn't jumped on by the Brady's and other such noxious groups. I never did hear any loud rantings of banning these weapons of choice for criminals.

Comment by Gene Szymanski on December 5, 2012 at 7:08pm

Ms. Sheppard, I agree with your statement.

Comment by Carol Sheppard on December 5, 2012 at 2:44pm
Why is it people tend to give the perp more attention than the victim. I could care less about Jovan Belcher. He was a murderer. My sympathy goes to the victim and the family.
Comment by Winona Lee Wacker on December 5, 2012 at 1:24pm

Whether people want to admit it or not--especially with all the weapons a person has at his/her disposal, the most dangerous weapons of all are at the end of one's arm!  Backed by a person's brain, the hands are the most volatile, unpredictable, and dangerous!  Like the old Shadow program:  "Who knows what evil lurks in the mind of man?"  And, the hands will carry out the instructions!

People want gun control, but what about all the other weapons--ESPECIALLY the hands? Cut them off?

Comment by Winona Lee Wacker on December 5, 2012 at 1:20pm

This is such a sad situation, and only got any attention because of the man's job and the fact he used a gun!  Frankly, I think the same result would have happened had he used a baseball bat or a hockey stick, a kitchen knife or even his hands!  Something within the man's mind went off the tracks, and he couldn't stop the train wreck from happening!

Comment by Raeman C. "Wyatt" Haines on December 5, 2012 at 12:18pm

I am curious to see what the demand would be had the weapon been a baseball bat , a golf club or a knife ? Perhaps the cause , employment in a violent sport in which players are encouraged and many times rewarded for their violence . There could be many reasons , but to blame an inanimate object that only does what the individual wielding it asks flies in the face of logic and reason . We might as well blame football for this .  Makes about as much sense and name the fans as accessories to this act .

Comment by Lyn Rogers on December 5, 2012 at 11:57am

In my state a man killed the girlfriend of the dad, the dad, and himself with knives and a bow and arrow.

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Breaking: Jury Sides With Sheriff Joe
Smacks Down Establishment GOP’s Lawsuit

A jury has sided in favor of conservative icon, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, against the lawsuit filed by Austin Flake, the son of GOP establishment Senator Jeff Flake, and Austin’s ex-wife, Logan Brown.

Flake and Brown had filed a lawsuit against the Arizona sheriff for “malicious prosecution” after over a dozen dogs died on their watch at a Gilbert dog kennel.

The jury decided Flake and Brown had failed to provide sufficient evidence to back up their accusations of malicious prosecution by Arpaio, The Associated Press reported via

Flake and Brown ran the kennel while Brown’s parents were out of town in 2014, the AP reported.

The two were still in college.

Initially, Flake and Brown were charged in the incident, but the charges were dropped at the prosecution’s request. Later, Flake’s in-laws pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after an expert determined that the facility air conditioner failed because it was not properly maintained.

Thus, the owners of the kennel were responsible for the death of the 21 dogs, and they answered for their crimes.

Nonetheless, Flake and Brown reportedly alleged that Arpaio had charged them to gain publicity and deal damage to Senator Flake — an establishment fixture within the GOP.

The two “contended the charges caused them emotional distress, contributed to the demise of their marriage and led the senator’s son to being suspended from college for an honor-code violation,” according to The Associated Press.

Despite the jury’s decision, the U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake will not issue a final verdict until the defense explains why it didn’t turn over documents that may have benefited the plaintiffs, according to a statement from the plaintiffs’ attorney to The Associated Press.

“The struggle to hold government officials accountable has always required a steep, perilous climb,” the plaintiffs’ attorney said in a Friday statement according to KNPX.

“Although we disagree with the jury’s verdict, we are grateful we had the opportunity to force former Sheriff Arpaio and his subordinates at Maricopa County to account for their indisputably reckless conduct. Near the end of the trial, we discovered that the County failed to turn over documents that might have helped us prove our case,” he continued.

“The Court has ordered the County to explain its failure and indicated that it will not enter a final judgment in the case until a satisfactory explanation is provided. We will access our future options in this fight when the County complies with the Court’s Order.”

Charges that didn’t pan out are an annoyance to those affected — there’s no question of that.

But to claim that those charges — which were dropped — were the reason behind a failed marriage, and that Arpaio needs to pay is completely ridiculous.

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