James Harrison Says Gun Not Responsible For The Jovan Belcher Tragedy

Every since Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend to death and took his own life last weekend there have been several high profile people that have weighed in on the situation as it relates to gun control. Bob Costas of NBC Sports remains front in center after he weighed in on the topic and now Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has made his thoughts known on where he stands on the topic of gun control.

Harrison, who is a known gun collector, recently said that Belcher is responsible for tragedy that took place last weekend, not the gun.

“It\’s a big issue as far as what happened and everything, it\’s a sad story,” Harrison told Jim Corbett of USA Today. “But the fact of it being part of the guns. …They want to say it\’s guns and all this other stuff. It\’s ridiculous. He did it. And he alone is responsible for it. It has nothing to do with the guns.”

Many high profile members of the mainstream media insist that if Belcher didn\’t possess a gun, that both he and his girlfriend would both still be alive today.

Harrison of course thinks the opposite and told Corbett as much. “Somebody goes out and kills somebody with a knife, you going to blame the knife?” asked Harrison. “Somebody goes out and kills somebody by pushing somebody in front of a train, you going to start cutting off the guy\’s arms? You going to start blaming people\’s arms now? It\’s the person who did it who is responsible.”

Harrison, as many will remember, took a lot of criticism when a picture of him surfaced holding two handguns in a 2011 issue of Men\’s Journal titled “Confessions of an NFL Hitman.”

Neither the backlash that he received for that, nor the Belcher incident has changed his opinion on whether or not to keep his guns.

“No, no,\’\’ Harrison said. “I have my guns. I\’m going to keep my guns. I\’m going to use my guns responsibly and go from there. It\’s not as far as athletes needing guns [for protection]. It\’s the right to bear firearms.”

Harrison loves to hunt and shoot guns as recreation, so it is not surprising that he weighed in on the side that he did. Every time a high profile case like this takes place the gun control issue usually always overtakes the original tragedy just as it now has in this case.

Harrison makes solid points and nobody is going to convince him otherwise that he should give up his right to bear arms and I doubt that anyone anytime soon is going to be knocking on his door to try to take them away from him.

  • israelp

    Too bad the girlfriend didn’t have a gun.

  • zyzak

    Belcher owned 8 guns. Obviously James Harrison is responsible with his, Belcher and his girlfriend were cheating on each other. People having babies out of wedlock and not being responsible is the problem, 60% of NFL players are gun owners and some stupidly don’t know how they work. Ask Plaxico Burress about his gun savvy

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    I agree for the most part, but the gun did have something to do with it. Just as a knife, pipewrench or any other weapon or improvised weapon.

  • steeltown

    People kill people, yes a gun is an easier way to get the job done, but PEOPLE kill people

  • MuhammadEpstein

    8:49PM EST December 1. 2012 – CASPER,
    Wyoming (AP) — Police released more details Saturday of a grisly
    murder-suicide at a community college, saying a man shot his father in
    the head with a bow and arrow in front of a computer science class not
    long after fatally stabbing his father’s live-in girlfriend at their
    home a couple of miles away.

    We must ban Bows and Arrows and Knives!!!

  • So…. logic would tell you that lying, cheating, Professional Athletes should not be allowed to own Guns…. Makes as much sense as anything that Costas came up with….

  • silverstreakhl

    Well, that settles it. For those of us trying to wade through the incredibly complex relationship between human passion, vulnerabilities in human judgement and impulse control, handgun availability, and violent crime, it comes as an enormous relief to have James Harrison clarify the whole deal. I mean, who better to turn to clear up this social-psychological-political mess than a professional football player. Nice going. And who better to turn to than the Steelers deepest and most nuanced thinker, James Harrison. Thanks James. We can rest easy now.

  • Kick

    I wish Sean Taylor had a gun. Stand up guy who tried to protect his family with his fists against a armed intruder. Laws don’t stop scumbags from being scumbags, an armed society does. Countless studies back that up, if the scumbag knows someone is armed they change their target.

  • Phil Heidenreich

    We’re all better people because of what you’ve just written. Wow.

  • Richard Edlin

    1) I’m not sure James Harrison’s perspective on matters of violence is the first one I’d take 🙂

    2) A bread knife, can of beans or whatever *can* be a lethal weapon; a gun *is* a lethal weapon. It’s like saying that keeping a tiger as a pet is the same as keeping a cat, because a cat might kill you too …

  • Richard Edlin

    … and they’re armed, so that the next person they head to is more vulnerable.

    At best, arming yourself means you put your neighbor at greater risk.

    You also put yourself at greater risk. Studies also show that i’ts much more likely that you’ll suffer an accident than a break in, so that a family member shoots themselves, you or another member of your family with the gun that you’ve purchased.

  • steeltown

    So you’re for taking guns away from citizens? So that only criminals have the guns?

  • steeltown

    Im not sure it has anything to do with the object itself, its the intent of the person using that object, meaning anything can be used as a weapon when malice is involved

  • Kick

    what is your source for that sweeping statement you just made? There are millions more break ins than gun related accidents every year. In addition 1.5 million people defend themselves with firearms every year.national institute of justice.

  • Tom

    I hate it when celebrities use/overuse their positions to push their personal agendas. With that said, Costas got his prime time slot to push his agenda……. So, I have absolutely no problem with Harrison voicing his differing opinion.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    God Bless James for standing up for a true American Right!!!

  • Baird Tarr

    Calling James Harrison a ‘simple man’ who thinks in ‘simple terms’? Harrison is a high level athlete who has a huge role in an incredibly complex defensive scheme. Calling him stupid is more an indictment of yourself rather than the law abing man you attack. You insult him and gun owners in general with your statement. The idiot that gave Belcher a gun was the Federal Gov’t. A Gov’t that gives guns to millions of people every year who don’t commit murder with them.

  • Richard Edlin

    I meant to say that the chances of being involved in an accidental shooting were much higher than of ‘protecting’ yourself against an intruder.

  • Richard Edlin

    Wasn’t it lucky then that Ryan Lanza didn’t have a few food cans to fashion into weapons, because otherwise that really could have been a tragedy in Connecticut.

  • steeltown

    People kill people, yes a gun is an easier way to get the job done, but PEOPLE kill people

  • Richard Edlin

    People with guns kill more people.

    There was another attack at a primary school this week – this time in China. 22 kids + 1 adult injured in a stabbing attack. No guns and 0 dead and with guns, most die.

  • Richard Edlin

    I wonder if Plaxico would have been deemed ‘responsible’ too before his leg tried to commit suicide.

    Given the problems with concussions and worries about brain injury causing early dementia, unstable mental states, I’d be very worried about any NFL players owning guns. James Harrison might be a responsible gun owner now … but Jovan Belcher was probably responsible with his guns before he killed someone.