You knew it would be said, but I thought Bob Costas might have been one that would have at least waited until all the facts are known before going off in this direction. I was wrong:

BOB COSTAS: Well, you knew it was coming. In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, that most mindless of sports clichés was heard yet again: Something like this really puts it all in perspective. Well, if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf-life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games. Please, those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective. 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.

“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. 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.”

Yeah, just like O.J. Simpson. If he hadn’t had a… wait, nevermind.

The author quoted by Costas notes Belcher’s actions could have a “possible connection to football” — and yet Whitlock and Costas never once claimed that it might be necessary to ban football?

There’s a tremendous hole in the argument of those pushing to make handguns illegal everywhere. Murder is also illegal. If someone isn’t dissuaded by the latter law, what makes anybody think the former will deter them? Designing more laws to stop people who don’t pay attention to laws seems stupid, but what do I know? I’m just a bitter clinger.

Ben Stein made some good points in this article published over the summer:

In Sandpoint, North Idaho, where I live for most of the summer, it’s extremely easy to buy a gun. You can buy them at stores and at gun shows, or just at yard sales. Yet there are almost no gun deaths in Bonner County, Idaho.

The last ones of note in North Idaho were done by the FBI at Ruby Ridge, and that’s a different story.

On the other hand, in my beloved Los Angeles, where I live most of the year, there’s extremely strict gun control. It’s a real project to buy a gun.

Here, we have gang shootings and death by guns on a terrifying scale. In my native city of Washington, D.C., the same goes: Strict gun control and lots of shootings.

The same goes for Chicago. Strict gun control and a lot of killing.

Obviously, Sandpoint, Idaho, is a very much calmer place than Chicago, and I’m not saying that people in Chicago should be allowed to just tote guns in their cars the way many can, and do, in North Idaho.

But my point is that there is nothing easy or simple about the relationship between gun control and crime. If a man had started shooting in a crowd in North Idaho, probably several men in the crowd would have shot him down immediately. Maybe a woman, too.

I’m not for vigilante law enforcement. But I am also not for government disarming everyone but criminals.

Here’s Costas from last night, presumably spoken while guards carrying handguns kept NBC’s perimeter secure:

Update: It had to be said.

Comments

49 Responses to “Bob Costas Agrees: Handguns Have to Go”

  1. Truesoldier__ on December 3rd, 2012 2:19 pm

    So according to Bob Costas if we just didn't have any guns we would all live in a happy world where children play next to a river of chocolate while unicorns frolic in pastures of four leaf clovers…….

    I believe that Bob Costas should be banned (or committed) becuase his reasoning is far more dangerous than any handgun. If you read what Costas, and the author of the piece he is paraphrasing, has to say on this issue you would think that the gun was whispering to the NFL player. The gun was the evil devil on the shoulder of the player that just gave him a nudge in the right direction. That if the gun had not been there to whisper these evil thoughts into the players head everything would have been just peachy.

  2. Marshall_Will on December 3rd, 2012 2:39 pm

    "because his reasoning is far more dangerous than any handgun."

    And this coming from a man that's very much made his living covering a very violent game. Didn't we just go thru this w/ Junior Seau? These guys careers are so short and are so amp'd up the slightest events in their lives look like the end of the world..!

    To be honest, I've felt about football the way most people feel about drinking. It's something I wouldn't even consider doing alone. If a bunch of guys want to have the game on down at Guard so they can catch the score or a few plays during the weekend, I'm not going to make a big deal about it. Whatever keeps up morale!

    Players and fans should have a beef w/ Bob though, their "careers" are now down to a few seasons and Bob's been around since the 70's…

  3. SignPainterGuy on December 3rd, 2012 2:39 pm

    TS,
    People actually believe that ! I asked a woman who was / is deathly afraid of guns if she thought that pistol was just looking for a chance to jump up and shoot someone ? She nodded, "Yes" !

    I have asked, "What sort of handgun or assault rifle did Cain use to slay Abel ?"

    It isn`t the guns that make people kill people; it`s the lack of morals, society, environment, what`s in people`s heads and hearts !

  4. SignPainterGuy on December 3rd, 2012 2:41 pm

    THANK YOU DOUG for the repair !

    Did anyone else notice how similar Bob`s voice is to Chris Matthews ?

  5. SignPainterGuy on December 3rd, 2012 2:44 pm

    I`ve owned guns since before I was 10 and I`m about to turn 60 and have NEVER shot anyone. Did I miss out on something ?

    Oh, I know; my guns are all mutes ! ;-)

  6. jeffythequick on December 3rd, 2012 3:11 pm

    It's amazing how these people think (or not):

    An estimated 300 million guns in the US, and there are so few murders with them, relatively speaking.

    Like I put in my post election rant:

    Bob, there is already a Canada, a France, and an England. If you like their rules so much, please do what you need to do and move there, and leave the freedom to us.

  7. Truesoldier__ on December 3rd, 2012 3:13 pm

    I know they exist, but then again these are the same people who tend to believe Al Gore so there is just no reaching the.

  8. Truesoldier__ on December 3rd, 2012 3:17 pm

    Not to mention, Bob leaves out that the player appears to have had a problem with drinkin, pain killers and head injuries (history of short term memory loss).

    I guess he glossed over those stuburn facts as they did not fit his narrative….hmm sounds like someone else we know.

  9. SignPainterGuy on December 3rd, 2012 3:27 pm

    TS,
    I`ve had long conversations with the same woman about how wrong the dems are, soc-ial-ists, global warming alarmists, others. I only got that glassy eyed look. THEN, she`d invite me to a Democrat Women`s dinner meeting.

  10. Truesoldier__ on December 3rd, 2012 3:28 pm

    Not to mention, out of the murders that are committed with guns, how many of them are committed by persons who are already prohibited by law to own a gun? I bet the percentage would be close to 90%.

  11. Truesoldier__ on December 3rd, 2012 3:31 pm

    O/T….As if we needed any more proof about just how unserious Obama is about cutting spending we get this story:

    Amazing how a reelection can reshape an incumbent's thinking about many things. Now safely ensconced in the White House for 49 more months, the Obamas have decorated the place with 54 Christmas trees this year.

    Even allowing for the usual Washington excesses with taxpayer money, that's a whole grove of Christmas trees.

    "We have 54 trees in the White House," an excited Michelle Obama proudly told visitors the other day. "54! That’s a lot of trees."

    In fact, the Obamas' 54 trees this year are almost 50% more Christmas trees than last year. That was during the campaign before Obama whispered a reminder to the Russians that he had to be careful until Nov. 6, when a victory would give him more "flexibility."

    http://news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm

  12. Marshall_Will on December 3rd, 2012 3:31 pm

    Quickly Wiki'd a list of pro jocks & crime and.., you just keep scrolling and scrolling.

    Pac-Man Jones: 'I Will Be Nowhere Near Next Friday's Strip-Club Stabbing'

    June 21, 2007

    LOS ANGELES—Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pac-Man" Jones called a press conference Tuesday in order to emphasize that he will be nowhere near a possibly fatal stabbing that will occur during a fight involving several members of his entourage and the bartender at an L.A.–area strip club this coming Friday.

  13. Truesoldier__ on December 3rd, 2012 3:39 pm

    Reminds me of the time I was working on a Congressional campaign in 2006. Our candidate was debating the 3rd party candidate was a anti-war lib (the Dem incumbent declined to show). The debate format was a town forum format. I, being recently out of the military and back from Iraq, was a plant to trip the guy up and he fell for it hook line and sinker. I asked him what he thought about the fact that there were indeed terrorists in Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion, that I knew this to be fact as part of my job in Iraq was guarding the 3500 members of the PMOI (an Iranian terrorist group designated by State as possibly being involved in the marin barrack bombing im Beirut). He responded by telling me that I should go watch some video by a Michael Moore wannabe to learn about what was really going on in Iraq.

    Our candidate interjected and said (paraphrase) so your advice is for this soldier, who experience Iraq first hand, should go watch a Hollywood produced video by someone who has never set foot in Iraq to see "what is really going on"? The other guy answered yes, it would be a step in the right direction.

  14. Truesoldier__ on December 3rd, 2012 3:40 pm

    Wow, what a proactive guy. Making sure everyone knows about his alibi before the crime takes place. I'm sure he was just trying to help speed the upcoming investigation out. What a great guy!…/sarc

  15. Marshall_Will on December 3rd, 2012 3:42 pm

    Great point. Often involving people that have already outwardly exhibited a propensity for violence and no reluctance to resort to it at the drop of a hat! Making the list requires actual convictions, not rumors etc.

  16. Marshall_Will on December 3rd, 2012 3:44 pm

    That'll squelch any insinuations they're not really 'Christians'..!? Natch each one will have electric LIGHTS on it 24/7 right?

  17. Truesoldier__ on December 3rd, 2012 3:48 pm

    Well that is why the rest of us peons need to be using solar and wind power so we don't hog all the electricity for duh Won's exibit of his Christianity that will be on display while he ties up traffic and restricts the movements of some in Hawaii while he is on vacation for 20 days.

  18. jeffythequick on December 3rd, 2012 4:02 pm

    Soooo, what you're saying is that people with no regard for the law will break it?

    Genius!

  19. jeffythequick on December 3rd, 2012 4:04 pm

    Just think of all the jobs created (or saved)!

  20. Marshall_Will on December 3rd, 2012 4:06 pm

    As w/ nearly ALL dealing w/ Lib's ( that was a re-post from The Onion ) In life imitates art, the court's ruling from earlier this year:

    "It's obviously a devastating amount for him financially," Rasmussen said of Jones, who will receive a $750,000 base salary for the 2012 season and could earn a $250,000 bonus. "He has really worked hard to make a comeback with his NFL career. He doesn't make enough money to pay that judgment."

    Right, because he partied it all away..! The shtruggles continue… The bar owner is paralyzed from the waist down.

  21. Marshall_Will on December 3rd, 2012 4:18 pm

    Funny, kinda' sad. I get that from Libs it seems all the time. They know more about your Branch/unit or DOD than YOU do.., and any day of the week.

    What they typically look for is (1) loose thread you might possibly not be aware of and Ah HA! They feel they've decimated your credibility, and usually b/c they didn't understand your answer?

  22. Marshall_Will on December 3rd, 2012 4:23 pm

    Yeah, like any of us believed Moochelle will have a hand in hanging (1) single ornament! They'll be a TEAM of interior decorators fussing over the most minor of details.

    Have to give it up for our sqdn. Christmas party, they made the old chow hall look pretty darned good! The lights were fantastic. One of my guys did something really DUMB so I'm sure I'll be hearing about it in…..

  23. Truesoldier__ on December 3rd, 2012 4:28 pm

    And that team of decorators will have assistants, who in turn will have assistants, who in turn will hire a bunch of guys over at the home depot parking lot to hang the ornaments and save some money.

  24. Doug on December 3rd, 2012 4:38 pm

    Maybe we'll be seeing Bob get a show on MSNBC next, eh?

  25. Truesoldier__ on December 3rd, 2012 4:52 pm

    Bob may just end up being Chris "Tingles" Matthews replacement if Tingles continues to have gas attacks on the air.
    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/1

  26. Marshall_Will on December 3rd, 2012 4:53 pm

    Perfect! With Meanchelle blowing sweet mwah's left & right congratulating them in a Facebook post from the Aloha State!

  27. Truesoldier__ on December 3rd, 2012 4:56 pm

    Hey guess what? According to the the columnist that Bob Costas paraphased, the NRA is the new KKK and guns are the tools racists to keep the black man down.
    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2012/12/0

  28. Marshall_Will on December 3rd, 2012 5:12 pm

    "The Black KKK is enforcing the same crippling standards as its parent organization. It wants to keep black men in their place – uneducated, outside the mainstream and six feet deep."

    Dude is just whack. MM mentioned late in Stephanocchio Cutter's campaign "the Left launches these missiles out there just to see what they'll do?!" and apparently ( w/ this quote from '07 ) it's nothing new.

  29. Truesoldier__ on December 4th, 2012 1:44 pm

    O/T…Hey Doug, I see there is another Obama payoff for support in the works. It looks like Obama is planning on appointing Anna Wintour as US Ambassodor to the UK or France. I guess Obama wants to make sure that anyone he meets with in the UK or France is in style. No fashion faux pas allowed.
    http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/obama-said-to-

  30. SignPainterGuy on December 4th, 2012 2:14 pm

    Notice in the pic at the link AW is holding 2 cell phones. She`s no doubt well prepared for service to messiah and country ! Pppffffft, she could handle her ambassadorial duties from the comfort of her own home, while giving parties, for the UK AND France ……….. at the same time !

  31. Marshall_Will on December 4th, 2012 2:29 pm

    Oh Gawd… ( doing best Sheriff Joe )

    Has she HEARD how He "takes care of" our ambassadors? Who knows, maybe she ticked Him off?

    TS, sorry to hear they're having public org@sms over WA's 39th attempt to pass ghey marriage. They knew this for most voters was about the economy and none of us wanted to wade out into social issues. Or even the luxury to contemplate them.

    I hear they'll be tying the knot ( or KNOTS ) as early as this Sunday. Because as Doug says, "having solved all other problems"…

  32. The Zoo Keeper on December 4th, 2012 2:54 pm

    Wait a minute, kids are being shot because of "loud music" at convenience-stores? – We all know what needs to be banned now.

  33. Truesoldier__ on December 4th, 2012 3:37 pm

    Honestly, I am laughing over the whole deal. This is going to end up costing the state even more as now these new "married" couples will be able to put their "spouses" on eachother's health insurance (when it comes to state workers). So the costs for benefits for state workers is going to go up even further, pushing the state budget into even worse terroritory and WA ST has a balanced budget clause in the State Constitution, meaning the State Legislature and the Governor-elect will have to figure out just how to pay for all these rising costs without raising taxes as they will need a super majority to raise taxes and they dont have the votes to do it.

    The problem is the Dems don't want to touch entitlement spending at the state level any more than they want to at the Federal level, but they also don't want to p.o. the state workers unions by cutting their bennies or pay. This is going to be an interesting year.

  34. Truesoldier__ on December 4th, 2012 3:38 pm

    Do you think Sarah Jessica Parker will be at the dinner's as well?

  35. Marshall_Will on December 4th, 2012 3:52 pm

    Bennies was what this was all about wasn't it? Can't wait to pick up the tab for sex change operations in Switzerland. And of course all the shrink's bills for dealing w/ that useless addad!cktomy.

    Here we are already bumping up against insolvency like floaters under a capsized party boat but we have the resources for this? It's Weekend At Bernie's EVERY weekend! Who's up for water skiing?

  36. Marshall_Will on December 4th, 2012 4:00 pm

    On rare occasion, after Mrs. W makes enough a scene, I'll in listless fashion 'participate' in servicing the fantasies of our Recycling Works! prog neighbor. Last night as I went to take out the Glass, it was back breakingly FILLED to the brim.

    Guys, this was appropriate ( assuming you owned a freaking BAR? ) Then when we got back apparently I'd only gotten -half- of it as another blue bin was muffin' topping! Sheesh, totally out of control.

    Either they're a) 'celebrating' ( alone!, really? ) b) truly remorseful for the evil SPAWN they've unleashed or…. c) self medicating to address a gaping whole in their medical coverage! I'm serious, Jaggermeister, Tequila, all kinds of brandy. Just a mess…

  37. Truesoldier__ on December 4th, 2012 4:15 pm

    It was all about the bennies as all the other rights were already bestowed upon them with the "everything but marriage" deal. They could list each other on medical release forms, leave eachother property and on and on. The same thing is going on at the Federal level. The LGBT community wants the same tax and healthcare bennies as other married couples get. This is just one more reason why I am for a flat tax system. Do away with all the deductions and reduce tax rates to 5% of income for everyone period. That would take the wind out of half the argument right there. As for health insurance, do away with employer health coverage in general and leave it up to the individuals to cover their own costs. Allow private groups to go in as a group to buy coverage together. If you are a church group you can get a group rate, if you have a bowling league you can get a rate, if you want your whole family (i.e. brothers, sisters, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents) allow them to get a group rate together.

  38. Truesoldier__ on December 4th, 2012 4:16 pm

    Maybe it ws d) all of the above.

  39. Truesoldier__ on December 4th, 2012 4:22 pm

    Speaking of prog neighbors and the social police, I saw this out of Sweden. It sounds like it is a preview of what is to come if the progs get their way:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/

  40. Marshall_Will on December 4th, 2012 4:35 pm

    TS,

    Great idea. John Deere did this for Farmers for years. It was a natural extension of any affinity type group. Farming is kind of hazardous and in some cases, they weren't able to get health/life insurance.

    Since JD was financing your COMBINE purchase, for just a few dollars a month 'more'!? The big disparity I have w/ MM on the topic is; the gated community/His & Hers Mercedes thing for MD's was going to crash regardless.

    In true O'Drama "brinksmanship" the AMA played chicken w/ the whole country and if it meant crashing the system to get their way for as 'long' as they could, then so BE it?!

  41. Marshall_Will on December 4th, 2012 5:02 pm

    Thoroughly stunning! Natch they've "learned from their mistakes" and those fabled ( and FAILED ) prog policies will be much better administrated THIS go round!

    The whole Green/Recyclingness is Next To Godliness meme isn't my idea either? It's not a recent revelation this encourages snooping. And snooping encourages meddling.

    I can't doubt ( just watch Tru TV ) that daylight drinking isn't an issue in Repressive countries ( however entertaining some episodes might seem? ) but "Scum Villages" are hardly the answer. Why don't they just call them what they are, Re-Education Kamps!

  42. SignPainterGuy on December 4th, 2012 5:03 pm

    Yep, convenience stores ! ;-)

  43. jeffythequick on December 4th, 2012 5:05 pm

    I hear there's an opening in Libya for an ambassador. Maybe she can go there, and teach them how we do things here. You know, show them how progressive we are here in the USA, dahling.

  44. Truesoldier__ on December 4th, 2012 5:11 pm

    Or seeing that she is in the fashion bizz she could use this famous line from Good Morning Vietnam:

    Cronauer: "We've got a special man in the audience today, right now. It's Mr. Leo. He's a fashion consultant for the Army. "Oh, thank you, Adrian. I'm just very happy to be here. I want to tell you something. You know. This whole camouflage thing doesn't work very well." Why is that? "Because you go in the jungle, I can't see you. You know, it's like wearing stripes and plaid. For me, I want something different. You know, you go in the jungle, make a statement. If you're going to fight, clash.""

  45. Truesoldier__ on December 4th, 2012 5:11 pm

    But of course. You know those places are dangerous, they sell super sized sodas…….

  46. SignPainterGuy on December 4th, 2012 5:13 pm

    More surprising if she doesn`t attend and I can imagine she`d squeeze into line for Amb. to the Netherlands or some other "fun" country !

  47. SignPainterGuy on December 4th, 2012 5:17 pm

    Not only that, but those Twinkie replacements / substitutes and evil petroleum fuels for your evil SUVs !

  48. Truesoldier__ on December 4th, 2012 5:18 pm

    Olberman has topped the idiot meter once again. Check out this exchange on Twitter between Olberman and J.R. Salzman (an Iraqi war vet, amputee and ESPY winner):

    http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=33072

  49. Marshall_Will on December 4th, 2012 5:20 pm

    Too funny! One of the rockin'est soundtracks in movie history.

    I'm sure Anna will make a 'splash' no matter she graces us with an entrance..!

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