Monday, December 03, 2012

Jovan Belcher's murder of girlfriend, suicide made much easier by a gun

Owning an automobile makes it much easier to die in a car accident but....
After the predictable, shocked rhetoric of death about Jovan Belcher of West Babylon High and the Kansas City Chiefs, you still arrived back at the only place that mattered in the last hour of his life: the gun.
You plowed through all the rest of it in the aftermath of what happened Saturday morning outside Arrowhead Stadium, went through the résumé of how many positions Belcher played for Coach Al Ritacco at West Babylon, how he played linebacker at the University of Maine before he became a defensive lineman, and how he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Chiefs and emerged as a star. All that was relevant in the end, the only relevant job description, was this:

Jovan Belcher, shooter.

Shooter of the mother of his 3-month-old daughter with his own mother in the house, then himself. Maybe we will never find out what brought him to this moment, rage or jealousy or the need to obsessively control Kasandra Michelle Perkins, his girlfriend. Maybe it will turn out to be a brain injury nobody knew about, or something else that caused this madness.

But we do know this: Murdering this young woman, 22, and then killing himself in front of his coach and his general manager was made easy by a gun, because a gun always makes it easier.
Talk about overly simplistic logic.

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