By now we’ve all seen NBC’s Bob Costas (not to be confused with my friend and NRO colleague, Bob Costa) pontificating in his smug lefty way in reaction to the murder/suicide of a Kansas City Chiefs football player and his girlfriend. Costas used as the basis of his remarks this column from Jason Whitlock, which included this passage: Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.
There´s plenty of domestic violence in our country, and Costas has all the answers. Maybe he can offer to chair a government task force on the matter. Not.
What a horrible time to push oneself in the spotlight and get attention for a personal political opinion. The dynamics of mental illness and spousal abuse have nothing to do with guns. Too bad Costas is too much of a pompous jerk to offer his condolences and simply keep his trap shut.
Costas´ blaming guns for football´s little violence, drug and brain concussion problem is a bit like the alcoholic blaming the bartender.
Football may have a problem but football is Costas´ living. He has to cocoon the league and blame anything else other than an out of control player on drugs and booze and who may have spaghetti for brains due to years of taking violent head hits.
Frankly, I am really surprised this has become some kind of huge story. It should have been treated quietly and with dignity. Not blased all over the networks as something about the size of the Benghazi attacks. All the big story does is focus even more unwanted attention on a huge problem the NFL is trying desperately to hide while it desperately tries to fix it.
I believe that Costas was trying to deflect attention from the real problems that football has. As with the steroid era which nearly ruined the great game of baseball, Costas and his media colleagues were aware of what was going on. As with Tiger Woods and his philandering, the golf media was well aware of it. They chose not to report on it because that reporting would certainly threaten their access to the sport and it´s stars, ergo their gravy train. Football has a problem, no...many problems, and I don´t think they´re trying to fix it. Why should they, when they have a thousand Costas´ around to ´cover´ their backside.
I am in no way excusing Costas, his comments or anyone who uses the First Amendment to infringe on the Second Amendment but I will say that we should look beyond his silly argument and point out that he is another example of the media bubble where groupthink is passed off as originality and that seeking the approval of peers supersedes common sense, history, and/or the Constitution.
The panicked follow-up statement by NBC/Costas are proof that a) they fear audience reprisals and b) revealing their true agenda got them in trouble.
Costas may live in St. Louis but he is a creature of the NY/LA mindset where they wonder how the rubes in flyover country get their keys in the door at night. For some reason they never stop to puzzle over the lack of gun violence in those areas versus DC, Chicago, Philly, etc. Hmm...could it be that the freedom to bear arms produces a safer society?
He is wrong to say "if he didn´t have a gun they;d both be alive."
As a survivor of domestic violence I can state emphatically. if he couldn´t get a gun, he would go to the kitchen and pick up a knife. If he couldn´t find a knife, he would have used his fists, or any heavy object he could put his hands of to beat her, all the while saying, "This is your fault!"
My ex once told me, "You know what all women who get beaten have in common? They just don´t listen." No culpability there at all.
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