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Credit Costas for Putting Gun Issue Out There

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“If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today,’” Bob Costas, of NBC, said in a halftime commentary on “Sunday Night Football.” Costas was, as he noted, quoting, or slightly paraphrasing, Jason Whitlock, a columnist based in Kansas City, “with whom I do not always agree, but who today said it so well.” Kansas City was where Belcher played for the Chiefs football team, and where he shot his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, in front of their baby daughter and his mother. The gun he used to murder her was legal, as was a second one that he used to shoot and kill himself after driving to the Chiefs’ training facility—and so too were yet more guns that were apparently in their house.

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