This past weekend, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas blamed the presence of a gun for the murder / suicide committed by NFL player Jovan Belcher. The implication is clear. People who kill other people are not responsible; something else is.
Based on the standard set by Mr. Costas, we would like some clarity relative to a case involving the death of a 7 year old boy.
Via Fox News:
A British mother who beat her 7-year-old son to death after he failed to memorize excerpts from the Koran was found guilty of murder.
Sara Ege, 33, was convicted of beating her son Yaseen to death with a stick at their home in Wales, then burning his body to hide evidence. Police originally thought Yaseen died in a house fire.
Ege initially claimed her husband, Yousef, was responsible for the 2010 death and only confessed to the crime for fear he would kill her, too. Yousef was acquitted of causing his son’s death by failing to protect him, the International Business Times reports.
Ege reportedly confessed to police that she beat her son because he had not learned the Koran.
“I was getting all this bad stuff in my head, like I couldn’t concentrate,” Ege reportedly told authorities. “I was getting very wild and I hit Yaseen with a stick on his back like a dog.”
While endorsing and quoting sportswriter Jason Whitlock, Costas said the following about the murder / suicide committed by Belcher against his girlfriend and then himself:
What I believe is, if he (Belcher) didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.
Costas also referred to a ‘gun culture’ being to blame for the murder / suicide. What we have not heard from him is the number of murders and suicides that are pervasive within the Islamic culture.
Now then, if the mother of the aforementioned 7 year-old boy beat him to death with a stick for not memorizing the Quran, what’s responsible, the Quran, the stick, or the culture?