If only Jovan Belcher didn't have a gun, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas lamented Sunday evening, then the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker and the woman he killed would be alive. How's that for armchair quarterbacking?
Costas used NBC's broadcast of the Cowboys-Eagles game to opine on Saturday's murder-suicide in which Belcher killed his girlfriend and then shot himself. Costas cited and quoted from a column written Saturday night by Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock, who noted how numb our society has become to gun violence.
In saying that the Second Amendment threatens our liberty, Whitlock wrote that Belcher's actions would be analyzed to see if there were ties to football and head injuries. But ultimately, if he didn't have a gun, Belcher and Kasandra Perkins “would both be alive today.” Costas whole-heartedly concurred.
But it's too easy to blame the weapon or gun laws. Better to focus on the drivers of domestic violence and particularly the issue of mental illness, something Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn did in eloquent remarks Sunday. Quinn focused not on a numbness to guns, but on our numbness to each other.
“When you ask someone, ‘How are you doing?' do you really mean it?” he said. “When you answer someone back how you're doing, are you really telling the truth?
“We live in a society of social networks and Twitter pages and Facebook, and that's fine and stuff. But we have contact with our work associates, our families, our friends and it seems like half the time we're more preoccupied with our phone and other things going on instead of the actual relationships we have in front of us.
“Hopefully people can learn from this and try to actually figure out if someone's battling something deeper on the inside than what they may be revealing on a day-to-day basis.”
That's a solid play call.