ARLINGTON, Texas — NBC broadcaster Bob Costas used his halftime segment on “Sunday Night Football” to advocate for gun control following this weekend’s murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, causing an immediate debate on social media.
In a segment about 90 seconds long, Costas paraphrased and quoted extensively from a piece by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock.
After praising the column, Costas said: “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.”
Belcher shot and killed Perkins, the mother of his 3-month-old daughter, on Saturday morning, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in the parking lot of the team’s practice facility.
It seems that far too many people are now calling for Costas’ ouster. Apparently some feel that that their 2nd amendment rights are more important than Bob Costas’ 1st amendment rights. Predictably, Fox News was alive with the glimmer of hope that Costas would be fired as they baited their viewers to react. Host after host examined and discussed Costa and Jason Whitlock, who was heavily quoted by Costas, from every angle.
Syndicated radio host Lars Larson called for Costas to be fired over the comments. Megyn Kelly and Kristen Powers both argued somewhat in favor of Costas, but the fight was on most places.
Most conservative hosts and commentators closed the day with a strong suggestion that Costas and Whitlock be fired. What on earth for? Is it illegal to call for stricter gun control? This bully behavior is scary. Now the gun crowd has become the thought police.
Bob Costas is sort of a new national folk hero for having the guts to stand up to those who would silence those of us who don’t think that guns are the answer to every problem. There are 2 sides to this one and those who feel moderate gun control is reasonable are not going to back down any more. Let’s see if 1A trumps 2A.
Is it politically incorrect to speak out in favor of moderate gun control? Apparently so, according to the gun folks. Gun folks, get over it.