Bob Costas on gun regulations


by David Safier

Not being a big sports fan, I'm not one to quote Bob Costas, or Fox Sports writer Jason Whitlock. But I'm going to let Costas speak for himself about the issue of gun regulation as he quotes Whitlock.

By way of background: Kansas Chiefs linebacker Jovan Velcher shot and killed his girlfriend Saturday, then drove to the football stadium and shot himself. In an unrelated incident a week earlier, a man in Florida for his son's wedding asked some teenagers to turn down the music in their car in a parking lot, then got in an argument with them, fired nine shots into the vehicle and killed a 17 year old.

Costas, during halftime on Saturday Night Football, said this:

"In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in KC, that most mindless of sports cliches was heard yet again: Something like this really puts it all in 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. … If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would still be alive today.”

You can watch Costas' full comments below the fold. Here is Jason Whitlock's column.



  1. “Bob Costas: I Was Talking About The “Gun Culture,” Not Gun Control” being interviewed by Lawrence “practical European socialist” O’Donnell of MSNBC.
    This certainly doesn’t strike me as brave. Being interviewed about his controversial speech on a network that shares three letters (MSNBC/NBC).

    “Bob Costas: I Wasn’t Talking About Gun Control. People Just Inferred That. Do I Support Gun Control? Why, Um, Yes I Do.” from Ace of Spades

    Perhaps Mr. Costas will work his way over to being interviewed by Alan Korwin after he finishes being interviewed by all his admirers but I sincerely doubt it.

    I am sure Cam Edwards could free up 30 minutes of interview time if Bob Costas was willing to flesh out his position on gun culture.

  2. In response to bob robinson: Being a retired survey statistician,I am moved to ask bob what sort of data he has to support the magnitude/extent of occurrences he describes as compared to data on shootings – intentional and not intentional.

  3. Isn’t this always the response of the simpletons in the “happiness is a warm gun” fetish crowd? Let’s not discuss the facts of what actually occured but create a nonsense straw man argument to knock down.

  4. Bob, What about the 25 year old that stabbed his dads girlfriend at home drove to his father’s employers shot him with a bow and arrow then killed himself with a knife. Guess we will need bow and knife control too because if you don’t own a gun they will use whatever is available/