Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/5/12

ATLANTA - AUGUST 13: Antone Smith of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs at Georgia Dome on August 13, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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 on Sunday and offered up a stunning comparison between the NRA and the Ku Klux Klan. “Sports gets so much attention, and people tune out the real world, that I try to take advantage of the opportunity to talk about the real world when sports lends itself to that and try to open people’s eyes,” Whitlock said. “You know, I did not go as far as I’d like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America’s gun culture — I believe the NRA is the new KKK,” he added. “And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests [at heart].” Belcher shot his 22-year-old girlfriend Kasandra Perkins at their Kansas City home before taking his own life that very day at the Chiefs facility. Photo via Facebook/JasonWhitlockFOX
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