Monday, December 3, 2012

Bob Costas and Gun Control (Video)

Bob Costas felt it was appropriate to promote gun control during halftime of the Eagles-Cowboys game on Sunday Night.

From the Associated Press:

NBC broadcaster Bob Costas used his halftime segment on "Sunday Night Football" to advocate for gun control following this weekend's murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher....

In a segment about 90 seconds long, Costas paraphrased and quoted extensively from a piece by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock.

After praising the column, Costas said: "In the coming days, Jovan Belcher's actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

Belcher shot and killed Perkins, the mother of his 3-month daughter, on Saturday morning, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in the parking lot of the team's practice facility.
Here's video:



"If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

That's a ridiculous statement. Murders and suicides are committed without the use of guns. It can't be assumed that Belcher chose to commit murder and then kill himself because he had guns. It can't be assumed he and Perkins would be alive today if he didn't possess a gun.

Of course, Costas is entitled to his opinion. He has the right to hold a misguided view.

But should Costas have used the platform of Sunday Night Football to blindside viewers with an editorial about the 2nd Amendment during halftime? Should Costas have preached to the audience and concluded that an inanimate object was at fault for Belcher's acts?

No.

Belcher is responsible, not a gun.

I think it would have been wrong for Costas to speak in favor of gun ownership and to highlight Belcher's culpability.

Wrong time, wrong place.




14 comments:

Anonymous said...

bob costas needs to get his head out of his butt,you need to sell guns to people the dont have a brain problem.the football player got hit one to many times in his head.he should have not been cleared for a gun at all.

Anonymous said...

He would have still killed her either with a knife or his bare hands...even prisons have murders and the prisoners don't have hand guns...Gun control won't stop killings, EVER

Anonymous said...

Costas forgot that although in the context of sport, his opinions are valued, his comments on the second amendment are not. How arrogant of him to hijack the broadcast to focus on a Metro section topic.

wd brown said...

Bob will a pencil write by itself, stick to what you have some knowledge, even if it is limited, you make as much sense as someone else does in his comments

bunzluvr said...

Costas is a tool. To use his 90 seconds or so to spew his pius views on the 2nd ammendment was plain wrong. Shame on him for using the venue and bigger still....shame on the Liberals running that station to approve and allow him to do that on someone else's dime. While it's tragedy that the event even happened - this sort of thing happens several times a day without the knowledge of the general public.
Put the blame where it belongs.....on the individual who committed the acts, not the weapon that was used. If he used a plastic bag and suffocated his victim , then himself to commit suicide.....would we be outlaw'ing bags??? Come on, Costa....man-up and apologize for the 90 seconds of poor judgement and stupidity.

gs5150 said...

You've got to be kidding. Is NBC going to let this MORON get away with these comments on national tv without a public apology? This was absolutely intolerable and very unprofessional!

Anonymous said...

Very hard to kill yourself in the parking lot and in front of others if you have no gun? Also would be much more difficult to kill othrs with no gun? The most selfish act on the planet? Costas has a great point and had the right audience for it! Good job lets bring gun control laws stronger - NOW!

Anonymous said...

Bob Costas is simply demented! Sick to sports, something you really aren't very good at anyway! To say that if belcher didn't have a gun he and his girl friend would still be alive, is like saying that, if there were no planes, the trade center would still be standing! You bumbling fool! Why don't we ban all cars since they kill more people each year than cancer! or maybe we should ban all knives too, but if we did that how would Costas and all his leftist cronies cut their rare rib eyes? Someone who is that mentally ill to go as far as Belcher did would have found a way to kill even if there were no guns! It a left thing to take a senseless act from an emotionally deranged person, and make it a gun issue!
Wake up! GUNS DON'T KILL!! PEOPLE DO!!

Anonymous said...

Ok let’s ban guns. It worked in Germany in the '30 and there was very little crime after that (unless you count 6 million Jews and 10 million "undesirables" murdered in the camps). It worked in the Soviet Union (how many did Stalin kill something like 40 million?) There is a very low crime rate in China (unless you count all those criminals in Tienaminan Square. But then the govt. took care of them didn't they? Lucky for the govt. THEY didn't have any of those nasty guns.)

Anonymous said...

I will make a concerted effort to research which games Mr Costas will be commentating on in the future and self boycott. I hope others will follow, more importantly I hope the NFL and the the advertisers take notice!

Anonymous said...

It is a tragedy ...but to my knowledge, there are not too many football players killing themselves with guns. Just shows NBC lack of direction to allow Costas to air incomplete evaluations. TAke him off the air.

Anonymous said...

That gun did not go off by itself! Belcher pulled the trigger, plain and simple! I feel sorry for the families that have to endure this tragedy! For Costa to make the statement," If Belcher didn't have the gun, he and his girlfriend would be alive today"! Not necessarily true! If Belchers intent was to kill his girlfriend and himself, there are numerous ways to do it! Why is that these idiots always blame the gun! My daughter was killed by a drunk driver, as are many other innocent victims, but do you see anyone going after the acohol industy or the auto industry, because they too instruments that are used in those deaths! Common sense goes along way!

Anonymous said...

What Next? Costas Going To Blame Forks and Spoons For Obesity

Anonymous said...

maybe the girlfriend would still be alive if she had a gun,