Before The Body Goes Cold

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While Jovan Belcher’s final act appalls me, that revulsion is nothing compared to how I feel about the ghouls who jumped on the situation in order to push political ideologies. Writing for FOX Sports, Jason Whitlock managed to turn the orphaning of a 3-month-old into a bizarre rant against the 2nd Amendment.

Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead. … What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.

A man takes a 22-year-old woman’s life, orphans their child and then kills himself, and Whitlock “believes” guns are to blame. Granted, Whitlock is well-known for allowing his political ignorance to obstruct his reason; witness his infamously racist attack on NBA star Jeremy Lin. But he’s hardly the only commentator who has seized on tragedy to promote an assault on the Constitution like a vulture seizing on roadkill. I find it fascinating that pseudo-journalists like Whitlock and his allies in hate groups like the Brady Campaign either can’t or won’t learn that a culture that excuses virtually every perversion, every failure and every crime as somehow being the fault of inanimate objects, YouTube videos or “the rich” might produce exactly this sort of outcome.

Whitlock wasn’t the biggest player to “Belcher” his own credibility on the altar of anti-Constitutional hate; he was simply the first to do so. Sunday night, NBC’s Bob Costas committed what should have been career suicide thusly:

You want some actual perspective on this? Well, a bit of it comes from the Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock with whom I do not always agree, but who today said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.

Oh, poor little Bobby; you went from respected sportscaster to left-wing buffoon in less time than it takes an NFL trainer to tape an ankle. I didn’t expect much from Whitlock; I did expect more from you.

The President and at least two of his accomplices, Attorney General Eric Holder and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice,  have participated in paper-thin cover-ups involving murder, weapons trafficking, perjury and outright lying; and we’re told that anyone who notes their crimes is racist for doing so. Professional athletes behave like steroid-addled gladiators who’ve just been furloughed from the Thunderdome, and we’re supposed to ignore their behavior because they sell tickets and jerseys and/or show up for the occasional charity event. Hell, Charlie Sheen, who is the poster boy for Dionysian self-indulgence, has parlayed coke binges and domestic abuse into wink-nod ad campaigns for Fiat.

It’s important to recognize that there is no such thing as gun control. Gun control is merely a convenient rhetorical camouflage for the real goal of so-called “gun control” proponents’ parent philosophy: “people control.” It’s more important to recognize that the people who desire such control over their fellow citizens are poor choices to wield it. Furthermore, it’s important to recognize that there is no such thing as “gun violence.” There is violence — on the football field, in Chicago and in programs run by the Departments of Justice and State. But that’s all “people” violence.

When agitators like Whitlock and Costas turn a tragedy into a podium from which to expound on their own personal political causes, they not only diminish the suffering of the victims and their loved ones, they distract — often deliberately — from the real root causes of violence and pain. And their macabre attempts to spin political thread from human suffering only compound the real pain being suffered by the real victims.

–Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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