For those of you who don’t know, James Harrison is a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers and I have been a huge fan of his for years. I have always been a fan of his hard play, his effort and his humble beginnings from undrafted rookie to AP Defensive Player of the Year.(the previous link has pics of Harrison getting some trigger time in)
Now I have another reason to be a fan of the Silverback. The normally media reclusive Harrison has come out against the nonsense that Bob Costas has been spewing this passed week. Nonsense such as telling Bill O’Reilly that he (Costas) would rather be on the floor getting executed in the Aurora, CO movie theater rather than have a gun to defend himself.
While Costas is spouting off other nonsensical anti gun propaganda about blaming inanimate objects for the criminal actions of people, James Harrison speaks from a place of intellectual authority and experience.
Being introduced to firearms at a young age by his grandfather, Harrison has been fascinated with them and has a collection that has grown to over 20 guns of varying types. Harrison, according to racist Bob Costas, is everything that is wrong with the NFL and the “gun culture” of America.
“Even if all those guns were obtained legally, you can’t have 65 guys in their 20′s and 30′s, aggressive young men subject to impulses, without something bad happening,” -Bob Costas
So, while Costas is using the traditional method of gun control zealots of fear mongering and racism to advance his radical gun control agenda, James Harrison is using common sense and intelligence.
“It’s a big issue as far as what happened and everything, it’s a sad story,” Harrison told USA TODAY Sports. “But the fact of it being part of the guns…they want to say it’s guns and all this other stuff. It’s ridiculous. He did it. And he alone is responsible for it. It has nothing to do with the guns.”
Harrison goes on to say:
“Somebody goes out and kills somebody with a knife, you going to blame the knife? Somebody goes out and kills somebody by pushing somebody in front of a train, you going to start cutting off the guy’s arms? You going to start blaming people’s arms now? It’s the person who did it who is responsible.”
Personal responsibility ..in the America I was brought up in that was a cornerstone of what made this country so great. Where along the line did we decide to pass the buck off and blame everyone and everything other than ourselves for our own mistakes and errors? As Harrison says, the decision to do right and wrong rests with us, not some inanimate object that can be anything from a gun to a knife to a bat to a train.
And unlike many who feel like their status of being rich and famous should give them a right denied others Harrison expounds:
“I have my guns. I’m going to keep my guns. I’m going to use my guns responsibly and go from there. It’s not as far as athletes needing guns (for protection). It’s the right to bear firearms. You never know. You may need it for protection. A lot of people like to hunt. And so on and so forth.”
“Everybody has the right to protect themselves. Period.”
So while Bob Costas is regurgitating the talking points of his gun control extremist buddies while he himself is admittedly ignorant on the “gun culture” he attacks, Harrison speaks from the moral authority of knowing what he is talking about.
I don’t think Costas needed any help making himself look like a bigger nitwit in front of America, but if James Harrison wants to lay the boom down, James Harrison will lay down the boom. This time he used a sound argument and Costas was leveled.