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December 3, 2012
Gun-shy: Politicizing football
Posted by Laura
One of the last politics-free zones in America was intruded upon yesterday--and why should anyone be surprised that NBC was the culprit? After the horrific tragedy of Kansas City Chief's linebacker Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide, NBC sports analyst Bob Costas felt justified in launching into a cliche-ridden anti-gun commentary. He quoted liberal columnist Jason Whitlock, who wrote "our current gun culture ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy....and leave teenage boys bloodied and dead." He further quoted Whitlock's lament that guns are most responsible for our crime and violence because they are forever "tempting us into escalating our arguments." (Guns now possess intent, and their own free will.) The most absurd note of all was Whitlock's speculation, repeated by Costas, that "If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and his Kassandra Perkins would both be alive today." Apparently Costas and Whitlock believe that Belcher was not strong enough to choke her or stab her to carry out his evil deed. Blaming the "gun culture" is a convenient refuge. Belcher obviously had severe problems, and I will not engage in rank, uninformed speculation regarding why he snapped. There is already chatter about drug or alcohol use. Gun control advocates never miss an opportunity to use a family tragedy to further their political aim of curtailing our 2nd amendment rights. "Something like this puts it all in perspective," Costas intoned, looking into the camera. Our perspective is our own, Bob, and is frankly none of your business. Sports bring Americans together of all political stripes. Costas and NBC managed to offend and annoy millions of law-abiding gun-owners in the U.S. last night. I'm not saying we should sack the anchor (or rush the gas-bag), but boy, the image is entertaining.
12/3/12 5:24 AM
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