What's the Big Lesson from Kansas City Chiefs Shooting Tragedy?

Some say it shows the need for more gun control, others say it highlights the dirty little secret of head injuries in the NFL, and yet others say it puts a spotlight on domestic violence. What do you think the biggest lesson is?

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed the mother of his child and later himself this past Saturday morning. Proponents of gun control immediately cited it as another reason for stricter gun control. Strong Second Amendment supporters were quick to point out some of the other issues involved. This story in The Huffington Post talks about head injuries in the NFL and this one in The Washington Times talks about previous reports of domestic violence.

Maybe it'll turn out that concussions, or traumatic brain injury, played some role in sparking those unconscionable actions. And maybe that will make a parent prioritize player safety should he or she allow a child to play football.

Maybe the image of a hulking 25-year-old linebacker, a man considered a leader by his teammates, holding a gun to his head outside Kansas City's practice facility will incite a conversation about gun control among a new demographic. 

Or maybe a video will go viral. A video in which Brady Quinn, the embattled Chiefs quarterback, gives a remarkable postgame address that reminds us to think about our own relationships.

This was obviously a tragedy, but what do you think is the biggest lesson that we should take away from it? Is it a need for more gun control, a wake up call for the NFL to take a look at traumatic brain injuries, or should it prompt more be done to address domestic violence as a national problem?

Good Grief Y'all December 08, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Reported by various reasonably creditable news outlets, broadcast and print. GZ should have stayed in his truck. The only thing right he did that night was to call 911. His other stupid, dangerous actions took a life.
Ed Varn December 08, 2012 at 02:08 PM
" and this dog started to chase me. I fell off the bike and the stupid animal continued to chase me. It caught up with me, never bit me, but I swear I saw the little mongrel laughing at me." What an awesome metaphor for the Federal government, which IS about to bite us all.
Jimmy December 08, 2012 at 09:49 PM
No need to worry about me David...some day when God is busy protecting somebody else, a well trained legally carrying gun owner like me might save your life...It might just be that it was his will that I be there to protect you. As for Amy, fear of a pit bull is much more rational than fear of a firearm. A gun in a holster, on the hip of a trained person cant do you harm without deliberate action on behalf of the carrier. Dogs, not just pit bulls, unfortunately have been known to 'go off' on their own and attack even their owners without apparent provocation.
Amy December 08, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I swear Tammy, you're actually making me seriously consider this. Before I joined the gym, I used to walk around Alexander Park by myself. The earlier I'd be out there, the less women there would be out walking. I didn't feel safe at all. It's times like those when I'd get pet envy. I look at man with his best friend, just strolling in the park...and I think to myself, "I want one of those." Before that fleeting thought could come into fruition, I opted to join the gym. I will think about it though.
Tammy Osier December 09, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I just like big dogs. Labs are the most gentle (if you have a dog fear, they are perfect), but so are German Shepherds. Both are extremely loyal and easy to train, so would obey you if you said to attack. German Shepherds look vicious but are really not. Wonderful pets and good for protection.


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