Up Yours Bob Costas

A Kansas City Chiefs fan and gun owner from Redlands wanted to barf Sunday when NBC's Bob Costas lectured football fans about guns following the murder-suicide of Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher.

As a die-hard and life-long fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, I have had a special interest in the recent murder-suicide of linebacker Jovan Belcher.

With that in mind, I wanted to reach through my high-definition television and slap the snot out of NBC's Bob Costas when he decided Dec. 1 to lecture the audience how no guns would have meant no murder-suicide.

Okay Bob, it's like this: Guns are a weapon of choice. He could have killed her with a car, some poison, or about any MSNBC show.

(I covered crime for most of my 20 years as a reporter, so I was surprised he actually shot her nine times; often, crimes of passion involve knives and beatings.)

Murders seldom make sense. But one theme among the hundreds of killings I covered as a reporter is that the killers never have a moral foundation to their lives. If they did, well, they wouldn't kill.

So if Bob wanted to make a statement that would make sense, and spare us another gun lecture, he could have mentioned something like Belcher might not have killed his girlfriend if he had God and Jesus in his life.

But no.

Bob wanted to spew more anti-gun tripe.

And Bob didn't even have the balls to make the opinion his own, at least initially. Instead, he quoted national columnist Jason Whitlock, a race-baiter who often writes about the Chiefs, so I'm familiar with his work as well.

Bob cloaked his opinion by quoting Whitlock's column on the subject how guns were bad and how no guns meant no murder.

C'mon Bob. Be a man. If you have an opinion, at least make it your own -- no matter how silliy and nonsensical it is.

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Gregory Brittain December 07, 2012 at 09:44 AM
“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” Vladimir Lenin “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth” George Washington Your choice, Lenin or Washington.
Charles Ferrell December 08, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Like it or not -- and am sure the answer is "not" -- Costas has linked himself to a guy who said the NRA is the "new KKK." I always thought Costas was a smart guy; on this occasion, at least, he was not. He fired some verbal bullets in an irresponsible manner. The recoil has been painful, I am sure, to him. It should be.
Oldprune December 09, 2012 at 04:54 PM
He is entitle to his opinion....but it was in a wrong format. If that was on a talk show or other show to discuss a issue that will be fine. Unfortunately those are crazies with guns.
Charles Ferrell December 09, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Yes, there are "crazies with guns," as there are "crazies who drink or take drugs or both and then get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle." Case in point involves a tragedy that has hit another National Football League team, the Dallas Cowboys. In the Cowboys case, there is one dead player and another charged with vehicular manslaughter for allegedly being behind the wheel of the vehicle while under the influence. There will always be people willing to do stupid things. Stupid things are often evil things, or evil things result from stupid behavior. Bob Costas tried to make the Kansas City incident about himself. That was stupid, but not necessarily evil. I will give Costas credit for that. He was just trying to feed his ego, which considering his popularity, was not at all necessary. But at least Costas only embarrassed himself and NBC -- if anything that happens at that network embarrasses anyone there, anymore -- and didn't cost any innocent person his or her life. In these Kansas City and Dallas tragedies, we have three dead bodies, a 3-month-old orphan and a whole lot of pain suffered by a whole lot of people, some of whom will suffer for a long time. But please, don't blame the gun in Kansas City or the booze or drugs or whatever in Dallas or society in general for either or both incidents. Blame those who used them to do the evil that resulted from their actions.
Bopifas December 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I'm with Gregory on this one. An armed populace is a safeguard against tyranny. And to add a quote which better addresses Bob Costas: A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca, c. 4BC - 65AD.


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