Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Roger Goodell's Utopia

Give me a break!!

Roger Goodell has simple advice for NFL players:

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has a simple mantra when it comes to players feeling the need to carry a gun: Avoid those situations. "The real issue to me, is when the players feel they're unsafe, they shouldn't be there," Goodell said. "So get out, don't be there. If you feel the need to have a firearm to be someplace, you're in the wrong place."

Are you kidding me??

Richard Collier (Jacksonville Jaguars) gets shot while in his vehicle outside an apartment complex. Link Should he have stayed home?

Sean Taylor (Washington Redskins) gets killed in his home! Link Should he have stayed outside?

Steve Smith (NY Giants) was held up IN HIS OWN DRIVEWAY!!! Link Should he have moved to Mars?

So, Goodell's solution--Don't stay home, don't stay outside, don't stay in your car.

What is this notion that trouble will never find me? News reports are replete with stories of people going through their lives in an ordinary, law-abiding manner, only to have that interrupted by some scumbag with destruction on his mind. Check out this collection: Link

Under Goodell's paradise, players should avoid the outdoors (where shootings and robberies take place), vehicles (100% of carjackings take place in vehicles), and indoors (home invasions, shootings, robberies).

Well, sir...where do they go?

So, I surrender my hope for peace and a quiet day to armed lowlifes who have zero regard for my life or that of my family. So I stay away from civilization because someone might get hurt. It amazes me that people think that someone who has no respect for laws against stealing, hurting, or killing will suddenly have respect for laws against guns. They respect no laws, no boundaries, and will look for any opportunity to create a victim. They are predators and will act accordingly. We are their intended target.

In Luke 22:36-38, Jesus knew that His time on earth was drawing to a close. He knew that He was about to leave the disciples. He knew that there would be violence and that they would be responsible for their own defense. So His advice?

And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.

Luke 22:35-38 (ESV) (emphasis added)

Take your money, take your bags, and if you don't have a weapon, sell your coat and buy one. Then, the disciples mention that they have, **GASP** weapons!! Jesus says, in effect, "That's good."

Unless, of course, you are in the NFL. There, good vibes are all you need.

PS: You know, I don't mean to pick on Roger Goodell. He was instrumental in rolling out the new NFL Personal Conduct Policy and has worked hard to clean up the NFL. I just hope he realizes that no amount of hard work will clean up society. We will never live in an utopian society. The Bible makes that clear. The best we can do is be true ambassadors for Christ, live our lives to please God, and do right by our families--yes, even to the point of defense.


Anthony Bass said...

Ismael will you please send your comments to Mike and Mike on ESPN radio? Plaxico Burress was in the wrong for carrying an illegal gun. It should have been registered--he would have only been in trouble with the NFL. (why do they always complain about NFL football players being treated differently don't they know they are held to laws of another country - the republic of the NFL) Anyway, due to his cavalier attitude toward his profession (skipping meetings and practice) the media does not like him, they are not even trying to look at this objectively. As a result, this has become a public argument for banning guns. Plax has shot more than his leg...He has also set himself up for this crucifixion. Sorry this is a set-up for a bigger fight! This has nothing to do with sports!

Lawyer said...

There are two issues here, as you mention. First, the mainstream media has an enormous hatred for guns. Any time they can report on someone's idiotic mistake and use that to argue for gun control, they will. They will use Burress's negligent discharge as proof that we need protection from ourselves and the government is the only one capable of providing that protection.

Look, I am a law abiding citizen. Even if I don't agree with the law, I will follow the law. Gun registration schemes are a joke. No criminal will ever register their gun. Never. Not going to happen. Only law abiding citizens will. We are so accustomed to curtailing the rights of the law abiding in the misguided belief that the criminals will also obey. So even though criminals (who by definition break the law) will not feel constrained by new gun laws, we continue to pass them.

Secondly, Burress is his own worst enemy. Here, Burress violated several laws, laws of the country and laws of common sense. Passing yet another law to prevent this would not have helped. He wasn't supposed to have a gun there, but he did. What law would we pass to prevent that? He didn't follow what was in the books, why would he obey a new one?

It does not appear that Burress will learn his lesson any time soon. He appears to be a very selfish and misguided person. He has brought his troubles upon himself. Knowing what to do, he will continue to act as he pleases as long as he has an audience. Now, the only important audience will wearing a black robe and slamming down a gavel. Let's hope the noise is loud enough for him to finally hear.