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Sports Broadcasting Legend Bob Costas Decries the Gun Slaughter Epidemic

Costas Uses Sunday Night Football to Express Horror Over Ease with Which the Belcher Murder-Suicide was Committed

Sports broadcasting legend Bob Costas courted controversy by using Sunday Night Football to offer editorial commentary on the atrocity that resulted in the murder of a twenty-one-year-old woman and her killer, a member of the Kansas City Chiefs football team.

Quoting Jason Whitlock, noted African-American sports writer, Costas concurred with Whitlock's passionate statement on the incident: "Our current gun culture 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.

If Javon Belcher did not possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

We cannot know with certain whether Belcher and Miss Perkins would be alive had Belcher's collection of guns not been in the picture, but reasonable people should be able to agree that possessing firearms certainly makes it easier to commit mayhem and to destroy the lives of innocent people.

Friends of the couple knew that they argued and that Belcher had been accumulating lethal weapons, yet no one seems to have foreseen the potential for the incident that ended their lives, causing the couple's pitiable out of wedlock three month old child to become an orphan.

Certainly many have adopted the attitude that the gun genocide that is occurring in the African-American community is not their problem.  I could not disagree more.  Such an epidemic is a cancer on society, innocent people of all races are being caught up in it, and it is not confined to young urban thugs who respond to the slightest provocation with lethal force.  What do we make of the individual, who is usually Caucasian, who decides that he was not treated fairly by his employer or former employer and decides to shoot up the workplace, taking as many bystanders with him as possible before committing suicide?  Such incidents have now become sufficiently common as not to merit special attention from the media unless many individuals are killed.

Many ardent Second Amendment advocates will say, of course, "Don't you dare interfere with my ability to purchase assault rifles to use in slaughtering innocent and defenseless animals!  That is the American way, our tradition!"

Some have questioned whether Bob Costas should have used a moment of grief, mourning, and outrage to make the case for a safer, more sensible society.  I say, if not now, when?

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Roger December 05, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I did not hear his commentary, only about it. This is one more case in which a public figure, highly skilled and knowledgeable about a particular topic, chooses to speak out on a public issue. Just because he is known makes his viewpoint no more, or less, valid that "Joe Blow' on the street. We often see movie stars, or others who have a high public profile, speaking out on issues they know little, but believe that their profile makes their statements more valid than others. Sometimes, those close should grab their microphone, and tell them to sit down, and leave expert commentary to others who know much better. Gun control, YES or NO, isn't the issue for me here. Rather it is somebody who chooses to use his platform to speak about something he knows little. As far as the two deaths, yes, they are saddening on many fronts. What is certain, these two people chose to engage in a relationship, out of which a child was delivered. This was done outside wedlock, and a committed marital relationship. The pattern of broken lives, not just murder/suicide, follows these choices.
Ed M December 05, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Did guns contribute to this tragedy? Yes. Were they the cause? No. Bob Costas can comment on anything he wants. We all can. We just need to remember, opinion and fact are not always the same thing.
William McCloskey December 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM
... how disappointing the see the celebrity worship evident in the use of the word "legend." Paul Bunyan is a legend. Bob Costas is merely a guy who is very well paid to offer occasionally sensible remarks about pampered millionaire-athletes. Certainly the availability of handguns is a problem. Generalizing from the distorted, brain-damaged NFL world to "the street" is disingenuous.
Duke December 05, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I don't know of a single Pennsylvania hunter who uses an assault rifle to slaughter innocent and defenseless animals here in Pennsylvania. I just wonder how the millions of innocent and defenseless chickens are killed to produce Chick-fil-A sandwiches? Should the implements of mass slaughter used in the killing of these poor chickens be outlawed and banned?

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