Everytown and Moms Demand Pounce on a Sports Argument Killing

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Gun Grab Lobby has a habit of jumping on any incident involving a firearm, making a hue and cry to exploit it and advance their cause. Their behavior is routine and predictable.


On the night of Saturday, October 9, in Bessemer, AL, two men got into an argument about college football teams. AL.com reported the following:

An argument over the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game led to a deadly shooting at a Bessemer home.

The game was in its final minutes Saturday night when Bessemer police say two men got into a dispute at a gathering in the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue North.

Lt. Christian Clemons said the argument centered around which team was better. The homeowner asked the two men to leave because they were fighting.

Once outside, shots were fired and one of the men – 27-year-old Kealend Amad Pickens – was struck. The shooting happened before the game actually ended.

Pickens was taken to UAB Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:23 a.m. Sunday, becoming Bessemer’s 24th homicide of the year.

The suspect is in custody and formal charges have been filed.

Both Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action and Everytown immediately pounced on the shooting, tweeting the following:


Violence is bad and is unfortunately a part of human nature. Arguments over trivial things can escalate and sometimes result in violence, with or without the presence of guns. As Lt. Christian Clemons insightfully pointed out in the above article:

“It’s another case,’’ Clemons said, “of resorting to violence to handle differences.”

There are some cases that are hard to forget even decades after the fact; one such tragic incident involved two fathers at a hockey game that I remember to this day. For those readers who haven’t heard of this story, it happened over 21 years ago and made the headlines because of the senselessness of the act, and because it involved fathers who are supposed to be role models for their children.

A 44-year-old truck driver was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Friday for beating another man to death at their sons’ hockey practice in a case that seemed to epitomize the worst in parental fervor over youth sports.

Thomas Junta claimed he killed Michael Costin, 40, in self-defense after they argued over rough play during the practice on July 5, 2000.

How did this sad incident play out?

Junta testified he tried to avoid coming to blows with Costin, but fought back after the 156-pound Costin threw a “sucker punch” at him, jumped on him and continued to hit and kick him after the two men fell to the floor. Junta claimed he landed just “three off-balance” punches.

But two witnesses testified Junta struck Costin repeatedly in the head while pinning him to the thinly matted floor of the Burbank Ice Arena in Reading. Junta ignored their screams of “Stop. You’re going to kill him!” both women said.


There were no guns involved. A man was beaten to death using fists. That too was a sports argument that escalated into a senseless killing. Such killings aren’t that rare, but Everytown and Moms Demand Action stay silent because they can’t be exploited for their agenda of citizen disarmament.

There’s a reason why the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence doesn’t call itself “Coalition to Stop ALL Violence,” the Gun Violence Archive isn’t the “Violence Archive,” and the organization that calls itself the Violence Policy Center describes itself as, “a national educational organization working to reduce gun death and injury.”

The likes of Everytown and Moms Demand Action will continue seizing on every firearm-related incident, so it’s incumbent upon those of us on the pro-Rights side to point out all the incidents they willfully ignore.

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