Costas goes overboard on gun control

Steve PollickSunday’s knee-jerk reaction of nationally prominent NBC sports commentator Bob Costas, who used his halftime segment on ''Sunday Night Football'' to advocate for absolute gun control, is just that, a jerk reaction.

Costas used his highly visible broadcaster’s  bully pulpit to beat up on all firearms ownership, this following last weekend's murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who first killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his 3-month daughter. The player shot and killed the woman on Saturday morning and drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in the parking lot of the team's practice facility.

Preached Costas: “If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.'' Right.  And if we didn’t drive automobiles we would save 25,000 more lives a year. Blah-blah-blah, etc., etc., etc.

Trying fathom Costas’ nonsensical reaction is about as impossible as trying to parse out why Belcher did his ultimately senseless fatal deeds.

If you take Costas’s stance on firearms at his word, the only way to have stopped Belcher from using a gun would have been to take away all guns from all Americans. The man spoke emotionally, foolishly, prematurely, and irresponsibly, and no amount of sugar-coating will change that. Remarks of this genre do absolutely nothing to prevent murder suicides.

You can bet you last bullet that the NRA will – and should — go on the warpath of Costas’ remarks, pointing out how many murder-suicides are done with knives, gasoline,  and what-not. How about the Wyoming crazy who arrowed his father in the head then stabbed him to death with a knife in a classroom, this after stabbing to death his father’s girlfriend? Would Costas have the government confiscate knives and bows and arrows along with the guns?

The commentator should be fired for his irresponsible comments, which will do nothing to cure or restrain troubled individuals bent on murder-suicide or curb irresponsible use of firearms, which no gun-owner and shooter and hunter condones. 

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