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Bob Costas, Guns, and the NRA

Bob Costas, Guns, and the NRA
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Bob Costas is a great sportscaster—the best, in my opinion—and an intelligent journalist. He does neither himself nor the cause of gun control any favors by indulging in fantasies about an America without guns.

Costas caused a stir when he used his Sunday Night Football halftime soapbox to opine about gun ownership in light of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide. Quoting from an article by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, Costas asserted that if the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker “didn’t possess a gun, he and [his girlfriend] Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.” Belcher shot and killed the mother of his three-month-old daughter on Saturday before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and committing suicide.