In another “palm to head” moment with a national celebrity who seems determined to make a fool out of himself, NBC anchor Bob Costas took advantage of the recent tragedy involving Kansas City Chief’s player Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide to support more restrictive gun control among the American populace.
What’s more? Costas did not attempt to make his laughably mindless argument himself. Instead, he pointed to a well-known Kansas City writer Jason Whitlock to do that for him.
“Our current gun culture,” Whitlock wrote, “ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.”
My favorite part of the argument comes at the end, where Whitlock argued that had Belcher not possessed a gun, both Belcher and his girlfriend (who was shot several times by the football star) would still be alive.
Never mind the fact that the majority of domestic dispute deaths are caused by strangulation or severe beating. Apparently, Belcher didn’t have a knife or sharp object in the house, nor did Belcher possess the strength to end the life of his girlfriend with his bear hands. According to Whitlock, and supported by sports celebrity Bob Costas, the gun is what killed the two. The gun is a murderer.
Still waiting for the gun to be brought up on charges.
Perhaps Bob Costas should stick to broadcasting sports rather than mindlessly pointing out to millions of television viewers that his political and emotional leanings outweigh the power of his brain. If Costas supports a completely disarmed society, that’s fine – nobody cares. But when you use your pulpit on national television to espouse lazy postulations about a topic that clearly is outside the commentator’s sweet spot, you’re bringing bad publicity to your network and demonstrating once again how weak emotionally-driven arguments stand against reason.
The minute we begin to embrace “War on Drugs”-like regulations against guns is the minute we have lost the battle that we’re supposedly fighting. If guns are criminalized, only criminals will have guns – unregistered, no background checks, no gun registration or tracking, no paper-trail, nothing. It’s like the wild west. How, under even the most creative explanation, could this possibly make any of us safer?
Gun control is not about making Americans safer, is it? Restrictive controls on guns helps no one. In fact, it turns our so-called “gun culture” far more dangerous, putting law-abiding citizens of our nation at risk, once again, for the purposes of political expediency.
On the bright side for Costas, it definitely looks like the sports commentator has a career waiting for him at MSNBC.