NFL Wouldn't Let Players Own Guns if Ed Schultz Ran the League

You could see this one coming and hardly a surprise that it came from Ed Schultz.

On his radio show yesterday, Schultz was talking with a caller about Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher killing his girlfriend and committing suicide over the weekend when Schultz made a predictable suggestion (audio) --

Just like, you know, every major company has an employee manual that you have to follow, I don't think it's out of the realm that the NFL should be asking players or demanding or making su-, don't own firearms. Just, don't, all that is is trouble. All that is is trouble. And there are authorities out there, there are law enforcement people, there are security people out there that we can get around you, this is a multi-, multi-billion dollar industry, our players don't have to have firearms. I mean, that's how they should view it. And I don't know if they do but I think it's a real good time for the NFL to rethink their position on all of this.

How about the wives and girlfriends of NFL players, Ed -- would your ban on guns extend to them too? Just curious.

When it comes to owning firearms, "all that is is trouble," Schultz claims, twice for emphasis. Then why does he own them, as Schultz often tells his listeners? Especially with that notoriously short fuse.

Schultz's remarks came across as sane compared to a deranged rant yesterday from fellow libtalker Randi Rhodes, who said this after playing a clip of sportcaster Bob Costas's anti-gun screed during halftime of an NFL game on Sunday (audio) --

Well, the right wing can't listen to that. They can't hear that without going absolutely crazy 'cause it's also part of their culture. Why do we call it a gun culture? Because the NRA wants us to, that's why. It's not a culture, it's an obsession, it's a sickness, it's a problem, it's not a culture. This thing about, you know, stock up on weapons every time you have a Democratic president or at least a black one. (chuckles inanely). That's not a culture, that's a sickness, there's something wrong with you. But yes, it is completely true that a gun is the bridge from ugly to deadly, from pissed-off for a brief moment to forever dead. There's no question about it, guns bring out the worst tendencies in people is what (Foxsports.com writer) Jason Whitlock wrote. And it brings out the worst tendencies from the worst people because the worst people are the ones who tend to keep guns handy. Do you know what I'm saying? They're like tattoos, guns. They're forever.

All of which explains those frequent bloodbaths and shootouts at gun shows and NRA conventions.

What passes for logic from Rhodes -- a black football player kills his black girlfriend because a black man is president. Leave it to a leftist to blame this on racism.

In Costas's remarks from Sunday, he quoted from a column by Whitlock --

In the coming days, Jovan Belcher's actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe -- if Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.

Which makes it that much more puzzling when one considers that O.J. Simpson wasn't armed with a gun, and Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman both remain dead.

Jack Coleman
Liberated ex-liberal from the People's Republic of Massachusetts