Bob Costas speaks of gun control on Sunday Night Football, during the show's halftime segment. During his anti-gun speech, he discusses this weekend's incident in which Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher took his own life, after ending that of his girlfriend's.
22-year-old Kasandra Perkins was shot to death on early Saturday, December 1. Her life was ended in front of the player's mother, who was visiting from out of town. She had given birth to their daughter Zoey just three months ago.
Enraged boyfriend Belcher went on to commit suicide in front of several staff members, including coach Romeo Crennel, at Arrowhead Stadium, the same day, according to a report by the NY Daily News.
The sportscaster speaks against giving everyone an option to possess a gun. To put his point across, he paraphrases sports editor Jason Whitlock, of Fox Sports.
Whitlock has written an article blaming the murder suicide on America's social acceptance of guns.
During his piece “In KC, It's No Time for a Game,” he speaks of the consequences of the lack of gun control.
“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.
“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,” he writes.
“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,” Costas goes on to say.
In case you agree that two lives would have been spared if the use of guns were strictly regulated, leave your comment in the section below.
Guns should be outlaws. Citizens don't need to carry dangerous weapons around. Keep weapons exclusive to Police and the Army.
Comment #1.1 by: jack on 03 Dec 2012, 14:31 GMT
mr costas you are dealing with people that are not stable,if there was not a gun it would be a knife,hammer ,a bat or something else.look to the millions of people that respect a gun,get real.
Comment #1.2 by: Bomber on 03 Dec 2012, 16:01 GMT
What if Mr. Bob Costas Wife or Daughter were to get raped and they had proper training to carry a weapon and shot the person trying to rape them then it would be a different story. If Jovan beat his girlfriend with his football helmet would we outlaw helmets.
Comment #1.3 by: Garrett on 09 Dec 2012, 20:59 GMT
Why would the police need guns if citizens aren't allowed to have them? I'll tell you why. Because criminals will still get guns even though they are illegal. Your fairy tale world can't exist.
I think that people kill people, and if this football player wanted to kill his girlfriend he would have done so with or without a gun so your thought that they would be alive is most likely incorrect. And I also think if you don't like the way americans have the right to guns then you should move to another country. THANKS DARRELL
Disagree wholeheartedly!!!! The rage that fueled this man would have resulted in her death through his hands, a knife or whatever was handy. How many signs of this impending tragedy were overlooked due to his status as a professional football player worthy of special consideration?
I believe Bob Costas has a right to his views, however, this was definitely NOT the right time or place to air them. He is not a very good football commentator anyway. I'd say replacing him could only improve the telecast.
Well ... I guess with that logic (strict control of guns, would reduce deaths by guns) it should be impossible, or at least difficult for convicted felons to obtain guns!!! hmmm ... how's that working out?!!
"guns don't kill people, people kill people"
Guns do enhance my safety, against bad guys with guns, and who by the way will ALWAYS have guns, even if guns are banned from the good guys ...
Comment #6.1 by: GiGi on 08 Dec 2012, 21:34 GMT
Guns dont kill people, people kill people . I've heard this idiocy before!!
Guns without people do not kill=====People with out guns don't kill.
Put them together and they kill. Yes, Elizabeth!!!!!!!!! Guns kill people!!!!
Comment #6.2 by: Garrett on 09 Dec 2012, 21:02 GMT
Gigi, did you really just say that "People with out guns don't kill"? That is the most brainless comment I've ever read.
Comment #6.3 by: Garrett on 09 Dec 2012, 21:02 GMT
If guns kill people, then mine must be defective
Comment #6.4 by: LifeLongHunter on 10 Dec 2012, 08:30 GMT
What GiGi? People without guns kill in many other ways, with many other tools. Thats what guns are- tools, like a car, a sword, a bow and arrow, a bat, a knife, a hammer, etc. Funny how no one tries to pass laws to ban everyone from using those tools, all of which are and have been used to kill other people for centuries, nay, millenia(except for cars of course). Please fully engage your mind before screaming your over-reactive diatribe, it might save you some embarrassment.