Unlike columnists like Jason Whitlock and sports anchors like Bob Costas who have denounced guns as a result of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide, some of his teammates aren’t joining with the chorus of anti-gun advocates who are using the incident to vilify gun ownership.
Chiefs defensive lineman Shaun Smith:
If you have daughters, you should have a gun. You have to protect yourself. You work so hard to get to where you at, I’ll be damned if I’ll just let someone take it from me.
Linebacker Brandon Siler, who had Thanksgiving dinner with Belcher:
Well, a majority of people own one, especially in the places where they’re legal. Most of the time they’re for self-defense or sport.
The anti-gun lobby can bully some people, but when you’re a star in the NFL, it takes a lot to be bullied.