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The Costas Anti-Gun Lecture Series

By L. Brent Bozell · Dec. 5, 2012

We know the news flash: On Saturday morning, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and shot himself in the head in the parking lot in front of his coaches. To liberals like NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, this was not just a crisis. It was also an opportunity.

During the halftime of the Dec. 2 Sunday night game between Dallas and Philadelphia, Costas unfurled a wholly unexpected and condescending lecture about how gun owners who harm America with their “gun culture” never learn.

He began by saying he didn't want to hear “mindless” cliches about how this crime puts sports in perspective. Then Costas turned to Kansas City-based sports columnist Jason Whitlock, quoting how he found that our “gun culture” inevitably leads to senseless and violent confrontations. It is apparently alien to these pundits that a gun can save a life or defend a home. They only serve evil ends.

“Handguns do not enhance our safety,” Costas quoted from Whitlock. “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 … If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and (girlfriend) Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”

Right off the bat, a couple of observations:

  1. Does the name O.J. Simpson ring a bell?

  2. Had Nicole Simpson been carrying a gun, might she be alive today? Ditto Kasandra Perkins.

Two more observations:

  1. Why do so many in the entertainment world believe they are qualified as polemicists?

  2. Why can't we just watch football?

Really, who asked Bob Costas to offer his very one-sided “perspective”? When liberals get arrogant like this, they assume they speak for all humanity. It is not surprising that there was an uproar in response. People are fed up with liberal pontificating.

Costas on Tuesday replied it was a “mistake” to mention gun control on air Sunday because his choice of words “left it open for too much miscommunication.” That alone was bad enough, because there was no miscommunication. What followed was a doubling down on arrogance.

He quickly snapped back at critics. “Sometimes the quality of those who oppose you speaks for itself,” Costas said. “I was told – I didn't see it – that someone compared (the halftime segment) to blatantly racist comments.”

Whoa. Rewind. Is this man a journalist? Who compared this lecture to racism?

Costas tried to insist he wasn't calling for a gun ban. “Here's where I stand: I do not want to see the Second Amendment repealed … People should be allowed to own guns for their own protection. Obviously, those who are hunters.”

But “access to guns is too easy in some cases. I don't see any reason a citizen should be able to arm himself in some states in ways only police or military should – to have a virtual militia (bought by) mail order or gun shows.”

This has zero relevance to the Belcher case. He was using a legally-owned handgun.

Unsurprisingly, some of MSNBC's liberal stars, past and present, found this political posturing very satisfying. Lawrence O'Donnell announced that he loved the Costas tirade and the Whitlock article, declaring it was the first football article he'd read in 2012. Former MSNBC (and every other network) star Keith Olbermann tweeted that conservative outrage was phony: “Amazing that all those ripping my friend Bob Costas about (the) Second Amendment would, had he taken opposing view, be defending him using the First.”

That concept collapses upon itself. If Costas were prone to pompous right-wing halftime commentaries, he wouldn't last five minutes at NBC Sports or NBC Anything Else. Just a few years ago, NBC was airing Olbermann himself as a pre-game and halftime analyst. There is never room for conservative opinion on these shows.

Intoxicated by the attention, Whitlock tried to out-crazy Costas. In an interview on Monday, he insisted, “The NRA is the new KKK,” claiming the NRA's work is gun-running and drug-running for black children. The “arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don't have our best interests” at heart, he spewed.

Some liberals are just insufferable bores. Can't they please let us watch football, and not their self-implosion?



Kevin from Arkansas in USA said:

Costas: " I don't see any reason a citizen should be able to arm himself in some states in ways only police or military should..."

Heinrich Himmler, Head of Nazi SS: "Ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the state."

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM

rab in jo,mo said:

More mindless liberal pontificating.

People have been killing each other since Cain killed Abel, long before guns were conceived in the human mind. I suppose Costas would have been ok if Belcher had beat his girlfriend to death, then killed himself jumping off a bridge.

BTW, having a "virtual militia" of armed citizens is exactly what the 2nd Amendment intends - owning guns for protection against a tyrannical government.
I wonder, does Mr. Costas have armed bodyguards or security? Maybe he should practice what he preaches and forego this protection.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

Doesn't everyone recognize Bob Costas as the useless little twerp that he is?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Tex, I missed the rant. I was doing something useful, rearranging my sock draw.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

USMC Mama in Indiana replied:

Mr. Last, you must have the most organized sock drawer in the world!! Love it.........

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Army Officer (Ret) in Kansas said:

Oh... some random sports dudes said something stupid?


Let's have some perspective: those guys make their living commenting on grown men running around in tights playing a schoolyard game. Why would anyone take ANYTHING they say seriously?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

I wonder if Bob Costas or any one of his ilk ever considered that most gun crimes are committed by unregistered weapons. No matter what kind of restrictions you place on any weapon criminals will always get around the law. Every nation(except for Nazi Germany) that has outlawed private ownership of guns has seen a spike in cirme but the anti-gun idiots refuse to see that. Let's ban liberals as a menace to society and deadly weapons of mass stupidity.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Old Sarge, you mean criminals do not follow laws! I am shocked, shocked. If guns cause crimes, then it follows pencils cause mispeled words and spoons made Rosie fat.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Uncle Bill in West Mifflin, PA said:

The murderer of Casandra Perkins does not so much represent the so-called "gun culture" as he does the "football culture", where you are taught and rewarded richly from toddler-league onward that the way to get what you want is by violence and brute force. Belcher didn't even need the gun, he could have squashed Kasandra, as his many trainers had taught him, with his bare hands.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 3:16 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Guns have been called the great equalizer. It was so much more "fair" of Jovan Belcher to have killed Kasandra Perkins with a gun, than to have beaten her to death with his superior size and strenght.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:06 PM

BJ in St. Cloud, MN said:

Brent, you almost always make me a happy guy because you spend so much time filleting the skin off the lying lib media.
I attend as many gun shows as I have time for and have for many years yet I can't remember ever having access to stolen or illegal guns. Full auto firearms
( machine guns) are strictly regulated by the feds and even those of us with large gun collections don't have them. Machine guns, grenades, silencers, explosives, etc are not available to the general public and no, the cartels with their truckloads of US cash didn't buy those types of weapons here even though you see them stacked up with the drug bust pictures. Why would the Mex. cartels buy guns from Joe's Guns in AZ. when with the tons of cash they have they can buy full auto, grenades, etc from all the little countries around them where the US govt has been shipping weapons for years. Like Panama, Nicaragua, Cuba, yadda yadda.
When Jeffrey Dahmer was chopping and eating people I didn't hear about Chicago Cutlery bans. When 24,000 people die on the hi-way to drinking drivers each year the parking lots at the bars are still full of cars. When the EPA bans DDT they don't scream about the million or so third worlders that die from Malaria, and hardly anybody gives a s--- about the 4000 abortions each day in this country paid for with my tax dollars.
The left comes from every angle about everything but bottom line is always-destroy religion, destroy the family, destroy moral fabric because that gets more
of the ignorant to depend on govt. If we have the will to resist but no guns to give us the means of resistance, the will will drift away.

We've lost our Republic and the founders said once lost we don't get it back.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 4:19 PM

pete in CA replied:

Nice rant, BJ, but you missed one. Is there any doubt in anybody's mind that a drug cartel capable of building and hiding complete drug factories under ground, and capable of building mini-subs hidden in jungle factories are incapable of manufacturing all the guns and ammo they need should it become necessary?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Infidel in Missouri said:

"Handguns do not enhance our safety..."?!?!?!?

Then why do 49 of the 50 states allow for some form of legal concealed and/or open carry in order to defend oneself from an imminent deadly threat?

These guys are idiots...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 5:16 PM

L.L. Smith in Savannah, Tn. replied:

Infidel in Missouri
"Handguns do not enhance our safety..."?!?!?!?

Those people have never assaulted the right person. Has he ever heard of a Kimber with a Crimson Trace sight?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6:52 PM

pete in CA said:

>"Handguns do not enhance our safety,"<

Tell that to Ms. Perkins.

Belcher was a really big dude. His closed fist was nearly as large as Ms. Perkins whole head. He didn't have to shoot her.

Perhaps costas would have been happy if Belcher's body was found laying next to Ms. Perkins beaten and bruised body with six bullet holes in it. Maybe costas would have found that more "equitable."

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

Left Logic:

The more helpless you are the safer you are from criminals.

A woman killed by an attacker is morally superior to a woman holding a smoking gun with a dead perp at her feet.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Robinius in Broomfield, Colorado said:

"He quickly snapped back at critics. "Sometimes the quality of those who oppose you speaks for itself," Costas said."
I would add that the quality of those who support you can also speak for itself. Enter Bob Costas' good friend Keith Olbermann.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:44 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA said:

Keith Olbermann, his comment also proves that the First Amendment is relevant only when a Liberal is speaking, expressing, assembling, petitioning, or worshipping. OOps on that last one, Liberals never actually worships.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:53 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA said:

Gun Control is Fatal Aim.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:55 PM