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.



Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy: ‘The Real Second Amendment Isn’t Absolute

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted Saturday there is a “real” Second Amendment and an “imaginary” one and he believes the real one is “not absolute.”

Murphy, “I support the real 2nd Amendment, not the imaginary 2nd Amendment. And the real 2nd Amendment isn’t absolute.”

The statement was a precursor to his call for banning “assault rifles” in the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting, even though “assault rifles” were not used in the attack.

Murphy said the “real 2nd Amendment…allows Congress to wake up to reality and ban these assault rifles that are designed for one purpose only – to kill as many people as fast as possible.”

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) said the Santa Fe High School attackers used a .38 revolver and a shotgun to carry out his heinous acts. Therefore, a ban on “assault rifles” would have done nothing to prevent the attack from occurring or the tragic loss of life from taking place.

It should be noted that Saturday was not the first time Sen. Murphy called the essence of the Second Amendment into question. On August 6, 2013, Breitbart News reported that Murphy told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that “The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not a God-given right. It has always had conditions upon it like the First Amendment has.”

Murphy did not grapple with the words, “Shall not be infringed.”


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