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Jovan Belcher didn't need a gun to kill his girlfriend

3:00 PM EST, December 5, 2012

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Your editorial on the apparent murder-suicide Involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, noted approvingly sportscaster Bob Costas' opinion that "if Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today" ("The tragedy of Jovan Belcher," Dec. 4).

Yet consider some other gun-related homicide news: A 41-year-old Dutch man working as a linesman at a youth soccer game, was shot to death by a group of teenage players. Oh, wait — the soccer players actually punched and kicked the linesman to death.

A 58-year-old New Yorker was shot to death in a subway station. Oh, wait — he was really pushed off the subway platform into the path of an oncoming train.

And then there's this recent story from The Sun: A 68-year-old former scoutmaster was shot to death by a former scout whom he allegedly had sexually abused 30 years ago. Oh, wait — the 68-year-old's throat was slit, and he was stabbed repeatedly.

If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he could have beaten Kasandra Perkins to death, choked or smothered her to death, or stabbed her to death with a kitchen knife.

As the saying goes about opinions, each of us has one. And here's another one: If Kasandra Perkins had possessed a gun, she might still be alive today.

Bob Price, Lutherville

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