You've heard the story about the football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, Jovan Belcher, who shot and killed his live-in girlfriend and then shot himself in front of his coach.
There is a lot of commentary about this, including what caused Belcher to do these things. Was it drugs, or injuries from football? NCB's Bob Costas thinks he knows. He blames handguns.
In an editorial comment during halftime of a game last Sunday, Costas lobbied for the banning of all handguns. Good luck with that. There are an estimated 100 million of them in this country. The overwhelming majority of them are not used to commit crimes. Even if Belcher didn't have a gun, he was a large and strong man who could have used his hands, a knife or other object to kill the woman.
People are slain with handguns in Chicago, Washington and Detroit on a regular basis, but it's a football player who gets Costas on his soapbox. Guns aren't evil. People are evil. Costas might as well try to ban evil as handguns. In the proper hands, guns defend people against evil.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: December 7, 2012