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Jordan Davis' family attorney agrees with Costas

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Updated: 4/09/2013 6:45 pm
One of America’s most prominent sportscasters made it a political issue. NBC's Bob Costas rarely deviates from sports commentary.

But Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shooting his girlfriend then himself prompted Costas to echo sentiments from a Kansas City sports columnist who blamed guns.

Costas said, "'Here,' wrote Jason Whitlock, 'is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, both he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.'”

During half time of NBC's Sunday night football, he seemed to equate the Kansas City gun violence with what happened at a Southside gas station last month where police say 17-year-old Jordan Davis was shot and killed last month in an argument over loud music.

Costas said, "More and more, domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy and more convenience store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead. Handguns do not enhance our safety."

Davis family attorney John Phillips tells Action News his clients are glad Costas made reference to their son.

"The family appreciates the national attention and the prayers and all that comes along with it, but the focus is grieving right now and making sure that it doesn't turn into a black-white thing or get out of control like the Trayvon Martin situation did," said Phillips.

Action News asked if the Davis family wants their son’s legacy to become a Second Amendment issue.

"It is a gun issue. It's a people issue. But it's a gun issue and Stand Your Ground and the amount of guns that are on the streets, because people are afraid of each other and it is becoming an epidemic," said Ron Davis.
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