I proffer that ESPN has drawn more attention to the incident by their decision.
I believe they think they are being PC. Per Forest Gump, "stupid is as stupid does!"
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I would rather burn an American flag to protect the Constitution than burn the Constitution to protect the American flag
Not a bad idea considering nevada put the pistol on the map somewhat. They may have even cancel ed some type of story behind thm antheir offense which could hav been seen as inappropriate
"A long way," he said after being asked how far the Crimson Tide had come since Coach Nick Saban arrived three years ago. "I guess you could say it's the distance from Shreveport to Pasadena."
Painted fire does not warm anyone in the room. Let's not do anything purely as a PC show.
I appreciate all ESPN is doing today to legitimately help the state of mental health issues and access to weapons for those at risk in this country. Surely not saying a word will help establish a genuine dialogue on improvement in these areas.
It is what it is.
Stupid. And for what it's worth, I doubt anyone who suffered through that tragedy yesterday is watching this game anyway.
This is just another way to talk about it without talking about it.
But if the gun control folks (the only ones thus far talking out of both sides) want a dialogue, here it is:
1) Unless you are for repealing the Second Amendment, NOTHING would have stopped the killing yesterday.
2) If you don't want to own a firearm don't buy one.
3) Empty brains concoct empty gestures (insert the notion wearing a red ribbon stops AIDS)
I watch sports to escape from politics and real world - ESPN needs to stick to sports. A moment of silence or a prayer is a gesture of honor; subtly working in guns as the culprit is not honorable.
Weapons control and legality is a sticky issue. On one hand, no weapons would theoretically prevent this but the reality can be seen in our prohibitions of alcohol in the past and hard drugs today. If people want something bad enough, a market will materialize for the desired product. A black market for weapons will emerge and they will give any kind of weapon they have to any kind of person who has money. I'd prefer a legitimately controlled market that can impede access to criminals and prevent ridiculously overpowered weaponry from reaching the masses.
The real issue is the identification of those with mental issues. Too many crazy people are freely moving as upstanding members of society and being given access to weapons as their right as an upstanding citizen instead of being helped and prevented from hurting others.
Last edited by rgw; December 15th, 2012 at 03:29 PM.