Bob Costas has always been one of my favorite sports casters. Last night, he overstepped what a sportscaster should do and got into the realm of politics, particular in guns and gun control.
Courtesy of The Daily Caller:
“Please, those who need tragedies to continually re-calibrate their sense of proportion about sports will seem to have little hope about achieving perspective,” he continued. “You want some actual perspective on this? Well, a bit of it comes from a Kansas City-based writer — Jason Whitlock — with whom I don’t always agree, but who today said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.”
Costas quoted Whitlock’s suggestion that a gun ban would have prevented the tragedy.
“‘Our current gun culture,’ Whitlock wrote, ‘ensures that 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. 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. Who knows? But here,’ wrote Jason Whitlock, ‘is what I believe — if Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Cassandra Perkins would both be alive today.’”
First, Whitlock and Costas are both either uneducated on the facts about guns, or they’re just both idiots.
The fact is, while what happened in Kansas City is clearly a tragedy, a greater tragedy would be the death of even a portion of the 2.5 million people who use guns legally to defend their own life each and every year.
While thousands die at the hands of criminals using guns, it’s impossible to say how many of those thousands would simply be killed by another tool. A person who wants to kill another will use anything at hand to commit the crime. No gun? Fine, a knife or hammer will work just as well. To the victim, it probably wouldn’t matter all that much.
The truth is that many places have enacted gun bans. They rarely work like it’s hoped they will. Great Britian passed theirs, then watched crime skyrocket. Why? Criminals like an unarmed populace to pillage.
There is an old saying, “God created all men. Sam Colt made them equal.” For those who don’t get it, Sam Colt’s revolver was one of the most popular firearms of the day. The reason for that quote was that firearms negated the idea that bigger and stronger people could oppress the smaller and weaker among us. Guns give the proverbial 98 lbs weakling the opportunity to actually defend himself (or herself) from an attacker.
Going back to the tragedy in Kansas City, what would Costas and Whitlock be saying today if, instead of a murder/suicide, we were talking about how a football player was killed by his girlfriend in self defense? Clearly she would be unable to defeat a linebacker through pure physicality, so a gun would likely have been needed. Would the handwringing still be about how we need to have stricter control over a constitutional right?
Costas should stick to sports. It’s clear that he doesn’t know a damn thing about guns, gun rights, or the effects of gun control on the rank and file person.
Edited to add: There is now a Facebook page up calling for Costas to be fired from NBC. Feel free to join, share, or mock. Personally, I think it might be a bit much, but I’m not going to mock people feel a bit differently and think Costas needs to go.