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Jordan Davis' family attorney agrees with Costas

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Updated: 4/09/2013 6:45 pm
One of America’s most prominent sportscasters made it a political issue. NBC's Bob Costas rarely deviates from sports commentary.

But Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shooting his girlfriend then himself prompted Costas to echo sentiments from a Kansas City sports columnist who blamed guns.

Costas said, "'Here,' wrote Jason Whitlock, 'is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, both he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.'”

During half time of NBC's Sunday night football, he seemed to equate the Kansas City gun violence with what happened at a Southside gas station last month where police say 17-year-old Jordan Davis was shot and killed last month in an argument over loud music.

Costas said, "More and more, domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy and more convenience store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead. Handguns do not enhance our safety."

Davis family attorney John Phillips tells Action News his clients are glad Costas made reference to their son.

"The family appreciates the national attention and the prayers and all that comes along with it, but the focus is grieving right now and making sure that it doesn't turn into a black-white thing or get out of control like the Trayvon Martin situation did," said Phillips.

Action News asked if the Davis family wants their son’s legacy to become a Second Amendment issue.

"It is a gun issue. It's a people issue. But it's a gun issue and Stand Your Ground and the amount of guns that are on the streets, because people are afraid of each other and it is becoming an epidemic," said Ron Davis.
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Truthseeker - 12/4/2012 5:24 PM
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Costas is totally wrong. They would both still be dead but by some other means.

nativejax - 12/3/2012 11:51 PM
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Costas has no business putting his UNFACTUAL 'opinion' out there at that time. This man that killed himself and his wife had a HISTORY of mental and emotional problems. Look it up, all criminal backgrounds are available to the public. If a person like that is going to kill someone or himself, he didn't need a gun, he would have found another way. To COMPARE this to the Davis tragety, in my opinion is just someone TRYING to incite more threats to help the "COMMUNIST" who want to take away our PERSONAL RIGHTS to defend our selves in this country.

Realchange - 12/3/2012 7:30 PM
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Got love criminal activity being blamed on guns. What if he had butchered his girlfriend OJ style? Should we get rid of knives then? People want do away the Constitution most of them are the well to do. If someone is trying to kill you. IF turns out they are armed and you are not you will not survive. You will find even if they somehow are able to make the 911 call the operator will try and keep you on the phone even as you are being killed. Why so the police have all the information they need to enter the situation better prepared to survive after your dead. Typically police in most areas are at least 9 mins away from responding in time. It's strange how mayors, governors and other well to do millionaires worth 10 million to over 100 million can afford hired gunfighters ,aka bodyguards, but the regular people should all turn in their guns. Let's start with security guards and bodyguards and move to citizens then police. Make it crime for the military to have any guns to leave bases except in war time. Then maybe people will consider giving up a cruical right. Not a previlige it is a right. You would think black people and the lesson they learned with slavery would understand giving up even one right = giving them all up. I guarntee you the governors and such will not give up their armed bodyguards even when you are forced to turn in your guns they will find laws to keep their protection armed. TO bad we all can not afford bodyguards and private police. Still waiting for action news to release the full video of the gas station confrontation from start to finish (arrival by the police) so people can see for themselves what happened. Strange that we want cammeras every where but when something like this happens then no viewing of it by the publics un edited is allowed to see which side is teling the truth.
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