Several years ago while on leave from the military visiting family, I was one of the first people to come upon a terrible automobile accident.
Two people (a husband and wife) died – they were thrown from the vehicle. Two people (a brother and sister) in another vehicle were injured. The brother was trapped in the vehicle.
Although my military experience and training kicked in and I did what I could to help, the screams, cries, and the memory of bodies on the road and in the ditch still bothers me some today.
I’ve asked several times why that tragedy had to happen.
When I read that Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli witnessed Chiefs’ linebacker Jovan Belcher shoot himself in the parking lot of the Chiefs’ practice facility on Saturday, my heart ached for them.
Before he killed himself, earlier that morning Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at their home in Kansas City. Together they have a three month old daughter who will now grow up without her father and her mother.
According to the Kansas City Star, at least 14 people have died in the Kansas City area due to domestic violence this year. Four were murder/suicides like Belcher/Perkins.
Now, the family, friends, and the Chiefs’ organization are left with many unanswered questions. They are hurting. They have questions just like the families of the more than three women who are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends each day in the United States.
One of my favorite sports columnists, Jason Whitlock, wrote a column about the tragedy saying,
In the coming days, Belcher’s actions will be analyzed through the lens of concussions and head injuries. Who knows? Maybe brain damage triggered his violent overreaction to a fight with his girlfriend. What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.
On NBC Sunday Night Football’s halftime show, host Bob Costas liked Whitlock’s column so much that he quoted from it.
While I can’t agree with Whitlock or Costas about gun control, they did provide me with a possible answer (albeit far-reaching) as to why the folks were killed in the wreck I described earlier in this column: They possessed/owned a vehicle.
Thousands of people possess/own firearms, and they don’t kill their loved ones. By the way, the Kansas City Star reported that Belcher’s firearms were legally registered.
As many folks probably realized, the title of this column, “In this world you will have trouble” is a sentence from John 16:33 (NIV), which reads in whole,
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
“… so that in me you may have peace.”
Amen to that…
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