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The burning embers of the Twin Towers had a way of being invoked when a particularly dicey part of the Patriot Act needed selling 11 years ago.
This was the smart play. Watering down constitutional rights is not easily undertaken. So scaring Americans and then using that fear to explain why this egregious assault on their rights is for their own good is genius. This is exactly why the right protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures of Americans is no longer absolute, thanks to the Patriot Act, and a right to a speedy and public trial by jury was only days ago finally reaffirmed in the Senate, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) so eloquently arguing, "If we relinquish our rights because of fear, what is it exactly, then, we are fighting for?"
Yes, tragedy is a dangerous time for the Bill of Rights because somebody is always there to wave a flag or an orphaned baby and use that to explain why we need to voluntarily give up rights our Founding Fathers so wisely gave to us. And so it is with this Jovan Belcher tragedy.
The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker gunned down his girlfriend -- the mother of his baby -- and then killed himself, leaving a 3-month-old girl without parents. That this is a tragedy is inarguable. That this is some sort of referendum on the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms is absurd.
My esteemed colleague, Jason Whitlock, argued just that in a very thoughtful column, noting "What I believe is, if (Belcher) didn't possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today." NBC analyst Bob Costas used this as a jumping off point to proselytize during halftime of "Football Night in America" about perspective in sports and the dangers of guns.
The problem with intelligent, impassioned, well-reasoned arguments is how seductive they are. It is easier to blow off the crazy guy screaming "ban all guns" than journalists such as Whitlock or Costas who are arguing rather convincingly how the Second Amendment threatens our liberty rather than enhances it.
What I know for sure is the distinguished senator from Kentucky is right. And his impassioned defense of the Sixth Amendment on the Senate floor last week needs to be Googled and viewed by everybody calling for a gun ban in response to the Belcher tragedy.
"We have nothing to fear that should cause us to relinquish our rights as free men and women," Paul said. "I urge my colleagues to reject fear, to reject the siren call for ever more powerful government."
This is not simply about guns. This is about rights. It is a slippery slope from doing something in the interest of public safety to giving up what we hold dear. The slope is greased with fear, with a self-righteous belief that we know better than the framers of the Constitution. And it is all based on informal fallacy.
The idea that if we just ban all guns Kasandra Perkins does not die and a 3-month-old baby is not orphaned is the very essence of a stated premise that fails to support its proposed conclusion. Yes, guns are dangerous and people such as Belcher sometimes use them to do awful things. What I believe in my heart is Jovan Belcher was going to find a way to wreak havoc that day whether he had a gun or a knife or only his fists. And even the potential to stop him is not justification for willingly handing over rights guaranteed to us.
If this makes me a gun nut or a wing nut or a preachy PITA, I am OK with those labels. Although, I prefer Constitutionalist.
There are not a lot of us left -- not absolutists, at least.
Conservatives argue for limiting the right to a speedy trial because terrorists are dangerous. Liberals argue for taking away my right to bear arms because people like Belcher use them in unspeakably horrific ways. Hell, the mayor of New York wants to take away my right to buy a big cup of Coke while in his city because obesity has become such an epidemic. Where does it end? Taking away free speech, freedom of the press? Restricting our right to peaceably assemble? Whittling away our very liberty?
Liberty and democracy are not the same things.
Democracy means the majority decides what rules govern us. Liberty is the idea that we all have certain rights that cannot be taken away, not even by a majority. These are the "inalienable rights" of the Declaration of Independence, and when we give them up voluntarily, for whatever reason no matter how altruistic, what we find is all we have done is given more rights to the government that were intended for us.
Doing so makes us less safe, not more.
So I absolutely believe in "a well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed" just as I do the right to a trial by jury and freedom of religion. And as tragic as this Belcher murder-suicide story is, as much as my heart breaks for that little girl, the answer is not taking away or willingly giving up the right of Americans to bear arms.
Because if we give up our liberty for the mirage of safety, what really have we won?
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In the four days since former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide, new details have continually emerged from the tragic case.
The latest may be the most disturbing.
On Wednesday, the 911 call made by Belcher's mother, Cheryl Sheppard, was released. In it, Sheppard frantically pleads for help shortly after her son shot his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, in front...
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In the wake of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher's Saturday morning murder-suicide -- sportscasters (and sportswriters) have decided to put their own thoughts on gun control front and... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend Kassandra Perkins, afterwards he drove to the Kansas City Chiefs stadium and shot himself on Saturday.
Gruesome details have continued to be released, and the newest might be the most disturbing.
On Wednesday, Belcher’s mother Cheryl Shepherd is heard encouraging Perkin’s to stay alive during her call to 911.
You can hear Perkins and Belcher’s...
Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend Kassandra Perkins on Saturday before going to the Kansas City Chiefs stadium and killing himself – but he left something very important behind. His three month old daughter, with no parents. However, it is [...]
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed himself Saturday morning at the team's facility, moments...
Police say the Kansas City Chiefs had been providing counseling
to linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend before he killed her
and committed suicide over the weekend.
BEREA -- There is no road map for some things.
So it was last weekend when Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel found himself talking to linebacker Jovan Belcher as Belcher held a gun to his head outside the team facility.
Belcher had just shot and killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his child. Belcher heard Crennels words, then went behind a car and killed himself...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Breaking their silence for the first time, the family of the woman shot and killed by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher said Monday their "hearts are truly broken" and asked for privacy while they grieve the loss of two loved ones.
Belcher shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at their Kansas City home Saturday before...
In the wake of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide over the weekend, sports figures across the nation are offering their two cents on the matter of gun control.
First it was Bob Costas and then is was Jason Whitlock – not to mention the many in between and many more to come.
Whitlock, who was a guest on Roland Martin’s podcast this week, went into detail about his column...
Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs Tweeted out a picture in which he saluted recently fallen teammate Jovan Belcher while wearing a commemorative Jovan T-shirt. The idea seemed good to Dwayne, he just had trouble with the execution as the shirt he was wearing spelled ‘Jovan’ as ‘Javon.’
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As the Kansas City Chiefs stepped onto the field at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoon, they were preparing for more than just a football game.
Peyton Hillis was well aware of that reality, gathering his teammates in the locker room before the game and using the bible as his guide, as NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington noted on Monday.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. What could anyone really say? The Kansas City Chiefs had just won its second football game of the year, 27-21 against the Carolina Panthers, but then what? You celebrate? You don't celebrate? You focus on football despite what was on everyone's minds? Or do you focus on the dead and the grief and the anger?
Kansas City head coach Romeo Crennel focused on...
Late Sunday night, with the sports world reeling from the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and the death of Rick Majerus, while being thrilled by the college football championship games and NFL Week 13, the bowl games for the 2012 college football season were announced. For the Oregon Ducks, there was no surprise: A trip to Glendale for the Fiesta Bowl...
Bob Costas is one of the most respected broadcasters in sports, so when he spoke about the Jovan Belcher situation during halftime of NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the entire sports world turned up the volume.
Costas used the platform of the highly rated program to preach about the gun problem facing the country, citing a column by Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock. In the...
Kansas City Chiefs player Javon Belcher committed a murder-suicide Saturday leaving his three-month baby orphaned. NFL media and players came together in a show of support which brought out both the good and the bad with some showing a complete disconnect between perception and reality.