During halftime on last nights NBC’s Sunday Night Football, veteran sportscaster Bob Costas went on an overwrought, anti-gun tirade that is destined to live in infamy:
BOB COSTAS: Well, you knew it was coming. In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, that most mindless of sports clichés was heard yet again: Something like this really puts it all in perspective. Well, if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf-life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games. Please, those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective. You want some actual perspective on this? Well, a bit of it comes from the Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock with whom I do not always agree, but who today said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.
“Our current gun culture,”Whitlock wrote, “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.”
“Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. 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.”
Instead of guns, maybe we should ban a sport centered upon huge guys ramming their own heads into the heads of other huge guys … you know, traumatic brain injury, and the madness that can follow. Or maybe we should ban a sports culture that collectively looks the other way when players abuse drugs.
Oh well. I could offer all kind of clever arguments against Costas’s calling for the complete elimination of guns. But really all that needs to be said to this dolt comes from a captioned photo circulating in various internet gun boards today: