Bob Costas of NBC's Sunday Night Football advocated gun control on the show's halftime segment, this week. Now self-proclaimed right-wing singer Ted Nugent is responding through a series of tweets, arguing against Costas's take.
The sportscaster's rant was prompted by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide on Saturday, December 1. 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins was shot by the player when she got home late from a concert.
He then went on to take his own life in front of his coach and the club's manager, at Arrowhead Stadium. Costas quotes sports editor Jason Whitlock, of Fox Sports, from his article promoting stricter control of weaponry:
“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,” he declared on air.
Nugent points out that it's the humans that do the killing, and not guns. According to the Huffington Post, he had previously expressed his views openly, even writing an article in 2011 titled "Nut control, not gun control."
“We thought Bob Costas was smarter than that. Only fools blame tools instead of human failings. Shame Bob. [...] Blaming guns for crime is like blaming helmets for headbutts. WTF Costas! Uve lost it,” he tweets.
“#BobCostas has clearly lost his mind. Inanimate objects are the problem not murderers. Brilliant,” another post reads.
A fire-arm owner himself, he strongly believes that Americans should be allowed to own guns, as owning them will not directly lead to performing crimes.
“Hey Bob Costas we all know that obesity is a direct result of the proliferation of spoons & forks Get a clue,” he adds.