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Bozell Column: The Costas Anti-Gun Lecture Series
5 years ago

We know the news flash: On Saturday morning, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker  Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium  and shot himself in the head in the parking lot in front of his coaches. To  liberals like NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, this was not just a crisis. It was  also an opportunity.



During the halftime of the December 2 Sunday-night game between Dallas and  Philadelphia, Costas unfurled a wholly unexpected and condescending lecture  about how gun owners who harm America with their “gun culture” never learn.



He began by saying he didn’t want to hear “mindless” cliches about how this  crime puts sports in perspective. Then Costas turned to Kansas City-based sports  columnist Jason Whitlock, quoting how he found our “gun culture” leads  inevitably to senseless and violent confrontations. It is apparently alien to  these pundits that a gun can save a life, or defend a home. They only serve evil  ends.



“Handguns do not enhance our safety,” Costas quoted from Whitlock. “They  exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing  confrontation rather than avoiding it. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s  actions, and their possible connection to football, will be analyzed.... If  Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and [girlfriend] Kasandra Perkins would  both be alive today.”

Right off the bat, a couple of observations:



1. Does the name O.J. Simpson ring a bell?

2. Had Nicole Simpson been carrying a gun, might she be alive today? Ditto  Kasandra Perkins.



Two more observations:

3. Why do so many in the entertainment world believe they are qualified as  polemicists?

4. Why can’t we just watch football?



Really, who asked Bob Costas to offer his very one-sided &ldquoerspective”? When  liberals get arrogant like this, they assume they speak for all humanity. It is  not surprising that there was an uproar in response. People are fed up with  liberal pontificating.



Costas on Tuesday replied it was a "mistake" to mention gun control on air  Sunday because his choice of words "left it open for too much miscommunication."  That alone was bad enough, because there was no miscommunication. What followed  was a doubling down on arrogance.



He quickly snapped back at critics. "Sometimes the quality of those who  oppose you speaks for itself," Costas said. "I was told -- I didn't see it -- that someone compared (the halftime segment) to blatantly racist comments.”



Whoa. Rewind. Is this man a journalist? Who compared this lecture to  racism?

Costas tried to insist he wasn’t calling for a gun ban. "Here's where I  stand: I do not want to see the Second Amendment repealed....People should be  allowed to own guns for their own protection. Obviously, those who are hunters.” But “access to guns is too easy in some cases. I don't see any reason a citizen  should be able to arm himself in some states in ways only police or military  should -- to have a virtual militia (bought by) mail order or gun shows.”



This has zero relevance to the Belcher case. He was using a legally-owned  handgun.

Unsurprisingly, some of MSNBC’s liberal stars, past and present, found this  political posturing very satisfying. Lawrence O’Donnell announced that he loved  the Costas tirade and the Whitlock article, declaring it was the first football  article he’d read in 2012. Former MSNBC (and every-other-network) star Keith  Olbermann tweeted that conservative outrage was phony: “Amazing that all those  ripping my friend Bob Costas about [the] Second Amendment would, had he taken  opposing view, be defending him using the First.”



That concept collapses upon itself. If Costas were prone to pompous  right-wing halftime commentaries, he wouldn’t last five minutes at NBC Sports or  NBC Anything Else. Just a few years ago, NBC was airing Olbermann himself as a  pre-game and half-time analyst. There is never room for conservative opinion on  these shows.

Intoxicated by the attention, Whitlock tried to out-crazy Costas. In an  interview on Monday, he insisted “The NRA is the new KKK,” claiming the NRA’s  work is gun-running and drug-running for black children. The “arming of so many  black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having  an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our  best interests” at heart, he spewed.



Some liberals are just insufferable bores. Can’t they please let us watch  football, and not their self-implosion?



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5 years ago

I just got done reading this article Maui onlyit said he killed his wife first and then himslef but nothing was said about driving the a stadium. I guess every story has it's own twists.None the less this guy was a sick SOB!!! I can not believe the liberals who will take something up 10 notches just to make something a story.....whether it's the truth or not! They simply do not get it!!! They are a bunch of fakes and frauds that will make an attempt to start an uprising at all costs!!

5 years ago

Guns don't kill people.  People kill people.  Not only did he have one gun but two!  In spite of prior domestic violence reports logged against him yet he had legally purchased these guns?  The system failed.

5 years ago

Abusers never get the order right when it comes to shooting their victims.....they forget to put the gun up to their head first!!!!

Costas never reported what happened the same day Belcher killed his girlfriend, the mother of his child.......another man took a baseball bat and beat his wife to death.  Why isn't he wanting now to ban "baseball bats"????   When you are talking domestic violence, if a man (or woman) wants to kill their partner, a knife, car or just choking will work just as well as a gun.  This tragedy isn't about gun's about domestic violence......that's where the awareness should be right now......this is really upsetting me.....

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