When it comes to the subject of the NFL’s gun culture in light of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is a go-to gun authority.
He’s been a collector with as many as 20 guns since becoming “fascinated” by them after his grandfather taught him about guns when he was a teenager, he said. Harrison posed for Men’s Journal magazine with two handguns across his bare chest, and he touched on his disdain for gun control in the August 2011 cover story.
He remains steadfast in his belief that Belcher’s horrific murder-suicide last Saturday — when Belcher killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, then drove to the Chiefs facility and committed suicide — isn’t a gun issue, but a people issue.
“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.
“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.”
Harrison, who normally doesn’t speak to the media except after games or on Fridays, continued his rant at his locker: “It’s not an athlete thing, it’s a human thing,” the 34-year-old linebacker said.
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