I guess I was the only person on the planet who missed Bob Costas’ 90-second rant yesterday on one of your sports games shows. Apparently he decided during a half-time show to preach about gun control, clearly stepping outside his lane, just because some dude named Jovan Belcher shot his baby momma and then shot himself;
In a segment about 90 seconds long, Costas paraphrased and quoted extensively from a piece by a Fox Sports columnist.
“You want some actual perspective on this? Well a bit of it comes from the Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock, with whom I do not always agree, but who today said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article,” said Costas. “‘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. 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.’”
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.”
Now, I don’t know who Jovan Belcher is, nor do I care. I’ve had loaded weapons in my house since before the day I was married and I’ve never shot my wife. Of course, I don’t play any of your sports games, so that might be why. But, ya know, if we have to be preached to every where we turn about the evils of uncontrolled guns, pretty soon we’re going to turn our TVs off. I’d start turning Bob Costas off now, except that I never turned him on, so….