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Deberg_1990 12-06-2012 01:14 PM

Whitlock Triples down on Gun Control
 
Whitlock Vs. Bill O Reilly.....Whoever wins....we lose.



http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/j...tragedy-120612



It wasnít that long ago, in the aftermath of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylorís tragic death in 2007, that I was the toast of right-wing America. Before there were any arrests, before we knew the gruesome circumstances that precipitated his murder, I analogized Taylorís assailants to the Black KKK in a column for FOXSports.com

Iím fond of provocative analogies. That affinity bit me in the rear end Monday morning. In the aftermath of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcherís murder-suicide, during an interview with Roland Martin on the popular Tom Joyner morning radio show, I groggily and inarticulately popped off a provocative analogy that I had yet to explain in writing.

I analogized the National Rifle Association to the KKK. Big mistake. My views on the NRA and distaste for the organization cannot be explained at 4:30 a.m. (I live in LA) during a fast-paced interview on a morning radio show. My column is the foundation for all of my most provocative opinions. My podcast is my secondary foundation for those opinions. I prefer to control my message and not hand fragments of my thoughts over to others to exploit, recast and define. I like to be interviewed about what I wrote in my column and what I said during my podcast.

Through no fault of Roland Martin or Tom Joyner, I went off message early Monday morning and spewed a half-baked thought. And by doing so, I gave the right-wing entertainment media the out it needed to further bastardize the rather harmless column I wrote Saturday night about Belcherís murder-suicide.

The column primarily focused on my belief that it was inappropriate for the Chiefs to play a game 28 hours after Belcher murdered his live-in girlfriend and then drove to the Chiefs practice facility and killed himself in front of the general manager, head coach and defensive coordinator. Kansas Cityís victory over the Carolina Panthers, nor the KC playersí insistence on wanting to play, in no way invalidates my contention that the NFL was wrong for playing the game as scheduled.

The column whined that football is our God and not even murder-suicide will slow us from worshipping at its altar. The still-in-shock and desensitized-to-violence players and coaches turned Belcherís locker into a game-day shrine. Jovan Belcher is a murderer. His suicide did not transform him into a fallen hero.



There was one primary reason my Saturday-night column focused on whether the game should be played. I didnít know what else to write. At the time, there was little concrete information about the tragedy. I wrapped up my column with an ancillary point articulating my belief that Americaís gun culture is out of control, dangerous and a threat to our liberty.

I further argued that our Second Amendment is outdated. The right to bear arms no longer protects us from a government armed with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks, nuclear weapons and all the other knickknacks James Madison and Co. couldnít envision when ratifying the Bill of Rights in 1791.

Bob Costas quoted and paraphrased my ancillary point during a courageous halftime commentary on NBCís ďSunday Night Football.Ē He infuriated the right-wing entertainment media and gave Bill OíReilly and his disciples the opening to pretend the Second Amendment is under some sort of serious attack. It is not. We just finished a hotly-contested election cycle, and not one political candidate that I can think of uttered a single meaningful word about gun violence, gun control, gun culture and the outdatedness of the justification for the Second Amendment.

This issue is so dead in this country that the flag-waving, right-wing entertainment media have to drag up a non-political, non-voting sports columnist and a talented sports broadcaster as their straw men to justify their phony outrage. I donít think Iíll be called before the Senate to speak on any toothless gun-control legislation the NRA lobby lets slip through a crack.

But it appears I was summoned to testify before Speaker of The Big House Bill OíReilly, the FOX News entertainer. OíReilly is fixated on the mistake I made on the Tom Joyner show. OíReilly spent part of his Tuesday show telling his viewers that I was afraid to come on ďThe FactorĒ and discuss my views on the NRA, the Second Amendment and gun culture.

Iím a grown-ass man and itís 2012. I donít have to shuffle off to the Big House when summoned. OíReilly is not Boehner, Pelosi or Obama. Heís a TV entertainer who has spent the weeks after the election crying about the end of ďwhite establishmentĒ America, the end of the days when an upstanding white man felt entitled to summon whomever he wanted whenever he wanted to the Big House to dance

I donít dance.

Every cable TV network requested that I consent to an interview this week. I declined all invitations. Only Speaker of the Big House OíReilly attacked me for exercising my constitutional right of freedom. Itís been a tough week for me personally, and I chose to control my message by using my platforms ó column and podcast.

Beginning with my defense of Don Imus during the Rutgers controversy, Iíve appeared on OíReillyís program several times. You typically sacrifice two hours of time for an eight-minute segment that accomplishes very little. Itís not the deep end of the pool. Thereís no room for someone like me to splash around.

If OíReilly wants to talk, heís more than welcome at my little house. Iíd love to tape a podcast with him discussing the Second Amendment, gun culture and his fears about the end of white establishment America.

For now, Iím going to stick to writing my sports column. And when given a chance to broaden sports issues into social issues I will take that opportunity. Thatís what I do.

And I do it without giving much thought to which politically partisan group Iím pissing off. When Taylor was senselessly murdered, I lambasted the primarily black "gangsta" culture that preys on black people the way the KKK once did.

Iím not paid to state the obvious. Iím paid to provoke thought, be compelling and explore the bigger picture. It doesnít require much intellectual heft to point out Belcher is responsible for his reprehensible tragedy.

Recognizing his culpability for his girlfriendís murder and moving on to make a deeper, more nuanced point isnít irresponsible or an effort to excuse Belcherís gross criminality. Itís a bid to probe alternative remedies that might lessen the probability of another Belcher tragedy. History has taught us that human beings are flawed, volatile, irresponsible and violent. What can we do to safely manage these human characteristics beyond the obvious?

I believe we should re-examine our love affair with guns. They donít protect us from tyranny. Guns are toys in America. Guns are a dangerous hobby. Guns are a macho accessory, no different from a shiny sports car.

We canít see this or even have a discussion about it because the propaganda-political-lobby-machine, the NRA, has hoodwinked America into believing handguns make us safer. The NRA, like the KKK, has brainwashed us through fear and division.

I donít believe individual NRA members and/or gun owners ó and Iím quite aware the NRA has members of every race ó are racist. I do believe the NRA capitalizes on and promotes racial fears and ignorance that swings all directions. People of every race are buying guns to ďprotectĒ themselves from their own race or other races. Itís an unhealthy arms race. The NRA is powering it by promoting unnecessary and harmful stand-your-ground laws. The message isnít subtle: Strap up, the other guy is out to get you.

The NRA traffics in fear, division and the seductive power of guns ó the same tools used by the KKK. Other than money, I donít think the NRA has a dog in the race. It just wants all sides armed to the hilt and convinced the other side is ready to shoot. Thatís the recipe that left a 17-year-old Jacksonville kid dead over loud music blaring from a car.

Itís a dangerous recipe that I believe is fracturing our imperfect union. Nations as big and powerful as ours die from internal ó not external ó wounds. Weíve been duped into believing handguns are our salvation, an expression of our American patriotism. Theyíre just the opposite. Their rising popularity pushes us closer and closer to the brink, closer to a war inspired by racial divisions.

To much fanfare and derision, Iíve written provocatively about black peopleís adoption of KKK-like qualities. Iíve bitched rather loudly and passionately about gangsta, hip-hop culture. I donít run my opinions or analogies through a political point of view before airing them. Iím not part of the right- or left-wing entertainment media. Iím just a sports writer spouting my opinions trying to get you to look at the world differently.

If you read me long enough, itís inevitable Iím going write something you passionately disagree with. But the opinions expressed in this column donít come from a dishonest or partisan place.

-King- 12-06-2012 01:21 PM

Why are people giving so many ****s what Whitlock thinks about gun control?

TEX 12-06-2012 01:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by -King- (Post 9185546)
Why are people giving so many ****s what Whitlock thinks about gun control?

Excactly.

Deberg_1990 12-06-2012 01:26 PM

Right or wrong, the man makes you stop and think. At least he does for me.

He brings some interesting viewpoints to the table.

Brock 12-06-2012 01:28 PM

tl;dr

BigMeatballDave 12-06-2012 01:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Deberg_1990 (Post 9185566)
Right or wrong, the man makes you stop and think. At least he does for me.

He brings some interesting viewpoints to the table.

Not in this case.

Guns are only a problem when they are used by morons.

CrazyPhuD 12-06-2012 01:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by -King- (Post 9185546)
Why are people giving so many ****s what Whitlock thinks about gun control?

Because Whitlock's views on gun control got parroted on national TV during a football game where honestly politics had no part of. That forces people to ask.

Iowanian 12-06-2012 01:31 PM

Obama stated point blank that he is in favor of gun control, I believe at the final debate.



I'm not a member of the NRA and I don't give them money directly and I don't agree with all of their statements, however they are doing good work to defend my rights as an owner of multiple guns.

Oddly enough, even though I became a gun owner at 6 years old with a crossman pump pellet gun, and owned a shotgun at 12 and many other guns since...not a single one of them have harmed another human being or have been used in a crime. Not Once.

It's a miracle.

BigMeatballDave 12-06-2012 01:32 PM

Anti-gun tards will have you believe the NRA goes door-to-door handing out free guns.

Chocolate Hog 12-06-2012 01:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brock (Post 9185575)
tl;dr

This.

Deberg_1990 12-06-2012 01:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave (Post 9185580)
Guns are only a problem when they are used by morons.

And im 100% sure that JWhit would agree. Basically he feels there needs to be real discussion to reexamine the usefulness of the 2nd amendment. Heres the MEAT of the column:





I further argued that our Second Amendment is outdated. The right to bear arms no longer protects us from a government armed with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks, nuclear weapons and all the other knickknacks James Madison and Co. couldn’t envision when ratifying the Bill of Rights in 1791.





Recognizing his culpability for his girlfriend’s murder and moving on to make a deeper, more nuanced point isn’t irresponsible or an effort to excuse Belcher’s gross criminality. It’s a bid to probe alternative remedies that might lessen the probability of another Belcher tragedy. History has taught us that human beings are flawed, volatile, irresponsible and violent. What can we do to safely manage these human characteristics beyond the obvious?



I believe we should re-examine our love affair with guns. They don’t protect us from tyranny. Guns are toys in America. Guns are a dangerous hobby. Guns are a macho accessory, no different from a shiny sports car.

We can’t see this or even have a discussion about it because the propaganda-political-lobby-machine, the NRA, has hoodwinked America into believing handguns make us safer. The NRA, like the KKK, has brainwashed us through fear and division.

I don’t believe individual NRA members and/or gun owners — and I’m quite aware the NRA has members of every race — are racist. I do believe the NRA capitalizes on and promotes racial fears and ignorance that swings all directions. People of every race are buying guns to “protect” themselves from their own race or other races. It’s an unhealthy arms race. The NRA is powering it by promoting unnecessary and harmful stand-your-ground laws. The message isn’t subtle: Strap up, the other guy is out to get you.

The NRA traffics in fear, division and the seductive power of guns — the same tools used by the KKK. Other than money, I don’t think the NRA has a dog in the race. It just wants all sides armed to the hilt and convinced the other side is ready to shoot. That’s the recipe that left a 17-year-old Jacksonville kid dead over loud music blaring from a car.

CrazyPhuD 12-06-2012 01:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave (Post 9185580)
Not in this case.

Guns are only a problem when they are used by morons.

Honestly what people don't even realize is that it's not about guns. People on the very liberal left(*cough* Pelosi *cough*) like to say...why do people need guns?

Why does someone need to have something should never be a question that's asked in a free society, especially by the people's own government. The only question of need is, why does the government need to constrain a behavior.

There are times and places to restrict behavior even in free societies, but we shouldn't be banning things just because we don't like them(this goes for 'left' or 'right'). If we need to ban something we should have to prove that..

A. It represents substantial harm that outweighs the freedom lost
B. That the restrictions is place will actually realistically address the harm

The biggest issue with gun control is B. The only guns you take are legal guns. You don't take the illegal guns, and in the world where we can't stop tons of marijuana and meth from crossing our borders how do they expect to stop the flow of illegal guns? They can be hidden as any metal and made in crude backyard workshops.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khyber_Pass_Copy

alpha_omega 12-06-2012 01:40 PM

I liked it better when he was talking about what a disaster this team is.

Brock 12-06-2012 01:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Deberg_1990 (Post 9185594)
And im 100% sure that JWhit would agree. Basically he feels there needs to be real discussion to reexamine the usefulness of the 2nd amendment. Heres the MEAT of the column:





I further argued that our Second Amendment is outdated. The right to bear arms no longer protects us from a government armed with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks, nuclear weapons and all the other knickknacks James Madison and Co. couldnít envision when ratifying the Bill of Rights in 1791.





Recognizing his culpability for his girlfriendís murder and moving on to make a deeper, more nuanced point isnít irresponsible or an effort to excuse Belcherís gross criminality. Itís a bid to probe alternative remedies that might lessen the probability of another Belcher tragedy. History has taught us that human beings are flawed, volatile, irresponsible and violent. What can we do to safely manage these human characteristics beyond the obvious?



I believe we should re-examine our love affair with guns. They donít protect us from tyranny. Guns are toys in America. Guns are a dangerous hobby. Guns are a macho accessory, no different from a shiny sports car.

We canít see this or even have a discussion about it because the propaganda-political-lobby-machine, the NRA, has hoodwinked America into believing handguns make us safer. The NRA, like the KKK, has brainwashed us through fear and division.

I donít believe individual NRA members and/or gun owners ó and Iím quite aware the NRA has members of every race ó are racist. I do believe the NRA capitalizes on and promotes racial fears and ignorance that swings all directions. People of every race are buying guns to ďprotectĒ themselves from their own race or other races. Itís an unhealthy arms race. The NRA is powering it by promoting unnecessary and harmful stand-your-ground laws. The message isnít subtle: Strap up, the other guy is out to get you.

The NRA traffics in fear, division and the seductive power of guns ó the same tools used by the KKK. Other than money, I donít think the NRA has a dog in the race. It just wants all sides armed to the hilt and convinced the other side is ready to shoot. Thatís the recipe that left a 17-year-old Jacksonville kid dead over loud music blaring from a car.

tl;dr

Iowanian 12-06-2012 01:43 PM

Shooting guns is fun.


Shooting guns is entertaining.

Shooting guns prepares the owners to be effective if the need ever arises to defend our homes or families.

Shooting guns into the vital areas of game animals is enjoyable and a good way to control their populations and get good things to eat.


When Dispicable Me from Canada was asking why we Americans "need guns"....well, NEED doesn't have anything to do with it.


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