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December 6, 2012

Misplaced Political Commentary

Zachary Peters

Sunday Night Football this week was filled with commentary, both related to the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys – and some added political comments.


Sportscaster Bob Costas used his time on the air during halftime of the game to advocate for gun control laws. This is all in light of the tragic murder/suicide of Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, the mother of his child.


Mr. Costas’ rant was supported with “facts” from the writings of Jason Whitlock, another sports anchor/writer for and a former columnist for the Kansas City Star.


Not only is it wrong for Mr. Costas to hijack the halftime segment of the game to lecture the American people on his views of the gun culture in our country, he has no idea what he is talking about.


My favorite “Costas Quote” from his embarrassing display is: “If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."


Right, because it would simply be impossible for the professional football linebacker to kill his girlfriend in any other fashion, like with a knife, a vehicle, or even his bare hands? Since guns are the problem, rather than people, that must mean that cars are the ones that drive drunk, forks and knives cause obesity and guns are the ones that are causing all murders.


So, what is the solution? Ban all guns? Turn the United States into a full-on police state, allowing only gun ownership to police officers and active military members. Do this, and not only will the black market of illegal gun sales thrive in the shadows, arming criminals and psychopaths who are looking for weapons, but the millions of legal, law abiding, gun owners will be disenfranchised and left to defend themselves with silverware and plywood.


Just look at Chicago, a city with unimaginable numbers of cases of gun violence and murders by guns. Coincidentally, Chicago also has some of the strictest laws regarding firearms. Its solution to rising gun violence was to simply ban guns, taking them off the street. Well, yes, guns did come off the street, but they were taken from the wrong people.


The black market thrived and sure enough, the gangs, thieves, and criminals still got their guns, with no record or registry with the government. And what did the crime statistics do? That’s right; they continued to rank near the top of the list while law-abiding citizens had no form of self-defense.


What if all people could have a gun to defend themselves? Would criminals not think twice about robbing someone if there was a possibility the citizen had a concealed weapon? If Jovan Belcher’s girlfriend had a concealed weapon, then maybe the couple’s three-month-old child would still have a mother.


Gun control simply does not work, and for Bob Costas to go on air, during a football game nonetheless, and pitch to the American people the idea that gun control is the be-all-end-all to solving crime is beyond inappropriate and incorrect.


Mr. Costas should stick to commenting on sports and leave the political messages to people who know what they are talking about – at least somewhat.


Also, Mr. Costas, “I value your opinion on gun control as much as I value my landscapers opinion on gingivitis” – to quote a friend.


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