Bob Costas interrupts Sunday Night Football to push gun control agenda

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Costas is a great sportscaster and a smart guy, but he didn’t show it last night during Sunday Night Football. In commenting on the Jovan Belcher murder/suicide, be said both victims would be alive today if they didn’t have guns. As if he couldn’t have used a knife. Or his muscles.

During the broadcast, Costas stopped to discuss the murder/suicide that shocked the NFL over the weekend when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself. Costas said that future cases of domestic violence wouldn’t end with death if there were tougher gun control laws.

Glenn, however, strongly disagreed with Costas’s statements.

“This is not about guns.  This is about the culture,” Glenn argued. He said that we currently live in a culture that glorifies death and violence and cheapens life.

Stu also said that no one is placing the blame on the player, rather trying to place the blame on guns. He pointed out that many sportscasters were saying players and fans would end up paying tribute to Belcher and come together to honor his memory.

Pat also pointed out that some are wondering if concussions caused some kind of brain injury or mental illness, which could lead to attacks on football and the NFL. Both he and Glenn pointed out that again the immediate blame is being placed on guns.

Costas explained:

Writer Jason Whitlock, with whom I do not always agree but 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.

Stu decided to play a game of Mad Libs to show how ridiculous it was to ban guns because some people die from them. Using the example of pools, Stu pointed out no one bans swimming when people drown. Nor do they blame dishwashers when people slip and fall and land on knives that are pointed up (seriously, this happens).

  • Anonymous

    Bob, the Grecian should be running out of your ears any day now.. Speaking out in ignorance, is one of the first signs that you have dumped the male beauty product on much more than the directions call for. 

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Bob Costas is only using this matter to push his own agenda, and that of the left for the elimination of all rights for gun ownership.

    Now how long will it be until the left blames the tea party for this murder and suicide?

    My prayers go to the families and the little child left behind.

  • Anonymous

    Would Costas have his bodyguards, who flank his every move in public, relinquish their deadly side-arms – I seriously doubt it. 

  • http://youtu.be/ff8jDkOHp3U Sam Fisher

    Things that we should also ban out of knee jerk reactions.
    Buses
    trains
    trucks
    Gold and other shiny things
    Cars
    Knifes
    ladders
    Matches
    Plastic bags
    Boats
    Airplanes
    Pins
    Pencils
    Bleach
    Bicycles
    Food of any kind because you could choke
    Pools
    Anything that has water sharp edges or electricity.
    Cartoons
    anything heavy

    Sad thing that the idiots that want to ban guns fail to understand that if you ban guns than aholes like Jovan Belcher will just use something else. Why is anyone hero worshiping this monster? It like the morons in Penn State the threw a riot because the filth running their football team got caught with little boys. I just love how the idiots that want gun control never blame the shooter but the second amendment. These nuts just have to turn death of people and a mad man into political ammo to use against our rights.

  • Draxx

    Glenn, can you guys post the link to the 2nd Amendment Rights of Americans pages.  I found that the information was very well done.  Also, those that try to ban guns NEVER mention how many people are responsible with firearms.  They only mention the Gang-Banger Culture of get one on the opposite gang before they get us, and our turf…

    They never mention things like when I was activated to do Security with the National Guard, they gave us 40 rounds of ammo in two clips.  Because, the Skinheads/Nazi wannabees were burning the American Flag (which I totally disagree with).  I was asked before receiving the rounds, “If ordered are you willing to shoot into the crowd of teenagers and twenty somethings?” I asked a very basic question, “Are they shooting at people or are we being ordered to shoot into a group of unarmed kids that are doing something you do not agree with?”  The Major in charge asked me what’s the difference, and I responded “Are you serious? Because one of those options violates Constitutional Rights!  If someone is shooting at others/me then I have no problem firing a weapon at them, even if I might accidentally hit an innocent bystander.  But, to outright shoot into a crowd for the burning the flag, I Don’t Think So…”  They immediately pointed 4-6 firearms at me and took my weapon, then they handcuffed me and put me into a Squad Car for about four hours during this stupid demonstration against Bush for taking us into Iraq the first time. *Note: the order to fire was never given that night.  So based on a hypethetical question/situation, they were going to try and prosecute me (Article 15) for Failure to follow a direct order.  It failed, but ultimately caused me so much disdain that I left the Army Nat’l Guard after serving 7 1/2 years (and a pretty successful career up until then).  This all happened back in 1993 and I left the Military in 1995.  I have always held the Constitution before general duties (as all soldiers are Supposed to be doing). 

    They have been willing to sacrifice the commoner for the greater good for a long time…

    And now it is getting increasingly more apparent to the general public, but most are turning their backs because they do not want to Believe what the Gov’t is capable of doing domestically!!!

  • Anonymous

    No, what’s

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.koger.3 Randy Koger

    Hank got in trouble for voicing his opinion and look were it
    landed him. Why does this man still got a job? That was way over the line!

  • Anonymous

    actually, it was not over the line. It was very relavent to the days news in the sport that he was covering.

  • Anonymous

    As usual your emotions do your talking for you.  Now you know what Costas larger agenda is? Please spare us your outlandish accusations based off of a guy’s opinion on one topic matter.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.pickart John Pickart

    I don’t go to the convenience store to shoot someone, I go to get beer or pop.   Dua Bob.

  • mudslide

    To be fair – he didn’t ‘interrupt’ the game – it was halftime.

    On another note, I didn’t hear any ranting about the 25 YO that fatally shot his father with a bow & arrow??
    Newsflash for Whitlock – if someone wanted to kill another person, gun laws will not be an issue.
    Stop with the whiny tirade. 

  • Anonymous

    sounds like bob costas jumped the gun

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1218032892 Roger Gardner

    If you dont like guns move to the u.k. we like are 2 amendment here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.pickart John Pickart

    How smart are these liberals-I have a gun, they don’t want one and they are trying to take mine away…. Bring it guys.  See how that works for you!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerome.ennis Jerome Ennis

    Maybe his Body Guards ought to go on Strike and leave this sorry, gutless SOB on his own and see how long he survives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerome.ennis Jerome Ennis

    Cars, Cliffs, Rocks, Stairs, Water.  Anything can kill you if you are reckless enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.burket.79 Brian Burket

    People are killed everyday by cars, knives, guns, shovels, medication etc…ok so here is the answer, lets just outlaw “everything”…I like Costas…but him and those like him don’t see the big picture. I can lay my gun on the coffee table everyday, fully loaded and it doesn’t hurt anyone…people kill…weapons do not. If he didn’t have a gun he would have found another way that’s it. This is a tragic thing and it has no place in sports…this is not a sports topic folks.

  • Anonymous

    Costas must be fired for taking advantage of the rest of us for watching a sport and him using this as a political platform, we do not want this to ever happen again!

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure he would change his tune after about four or five assaults on his person – anybody else, that is, those who realize the dangerous world we live in, the people that think ahead and are prepared, but for the mindless liberal ilk who continue to fight for this nonsense – it usually takes getting the crap kicked out of them before something even resembling rational thought cross’s the senses.

  • Anonymous

    Costas seems to think that if handguns were eliminated, both of these young people would still be alive.  I take this even further, but opposite.  “If his girlfriend would have had a handgun to protect herself, MAYBE, SHE’D STILL BE ALIVE!

  • Anonymous

    What a load…Does he think the gun makes the drug cartel and the gang members murder people as well..I’ve never seen a gun do that before..I don’t ever see the stories being told of good good people who wouldn’t be here today, if it wasn’t for the person carrying, who saved everyone in their family. Like the 11 year old girl..

    This guy said it best and he lost someone to a nut with a gun..

    http://patriotpost.us/pages/188

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F7XVS5DOHZ3CNW2TTX6JWILOVI Evan

    My gah…  As much as I like Glenn.  He just had a knee jerk reaction.   Glenn mentions the culture we live in. Well guess what.  A Gun is a tool. A tool that is good at killing things.  Instead of punching someone in the face.  You are going to go grab that gun and use it.   BOB COSTAS NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT BANNING GUNS!!!!  All he was doing is quoting someone else who mentioned that our culture is knee jerk reaction. Not to keep clam and talk it out. 

    But good going Glenn for missing that key bit.  For someone who says the “The Truth Lives Here.”  You missed the truth on that one. 

    Yes there are responsible people who own guns.   But there is also many people who think that owning a gun is a way to say “Don’t mess with me.”  When in fact that is not what a gun is for.  A gun is for last resort when all else fails.   Not when someone has their music very loud.  Wait… that is exactly what Bob Costas said.

  • http://youtu.be/ff8jDkOHp3U Sam Fisher

    Dude if we did gun control every time some nut decided to shoot someone then eventually it will lead to banning all guns. If a madman used a handgun now then later it would be a hunting rifle and now we got to ban those then they use shotguns then you guys want to ban that. Then someone will stab someone else then there goes the butter knives. It what you gun control nuts do when someone gets killed you want to ban that gun. The only thing that solves is that weapon not be used in murder but still does not solve how to stop a murder like this from happening. These foolish knee jerk ban reactions solve nothing.

  • Anonymous

    What a joke. The libs want to nickel a dime the populous to being defenseless and unable to resist their destruction of our constitutional God given rights.

  • Lynn

     Bravo for your courage and Constitutional understanding.  I hope others with you at the time understood a little more clearly than before.  Thank you for standing up!

  • Anonymous

    Costas: “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”  

    Soo, @james2826, you’re saying this is Bob simply pointing out the ill effects of guns??  I guess@james2826:twitter you’re saying he’s only against certain types of people having guns, like large football players??  Did he know something about Belcher we didn’t.. like a prior criminal record or history of domestic violence?  No of course not.. it’s a pretty straightforward anti-gun blanket statement if I’ve ever heard one, which is a VERY good reason to ‘bent out of shape’.  God forbid people get upset when a sportscaster rants his personal views on a topic (and right) held dearly by millions and millions of his viewers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G75RVM5S3L2G2BHBHGAXG6X5PI Jim

    1.  There were not 2 victims.  There was one victim and one perpetrator.
    2.  He could very well have used a butter knife.
    3.  Belcher didn’t have enough respect for himself or Kasandra, to marry the mother of his child.
    4.  Belcher perpetuated the vision of an absent father in the black family.
    5.  Kasandra Perkins didn’t have any objections to having sex with someone she was not married to.
    6.  There is a culture here that says it’s OK to shoot somebody with whom you have a disagreement.
    7.  The movies, TV, magazines, Music, etc. perpetuate the violence and show people that it’s somehow “cool” to beat someone senseless, shoot them, stab them, blow them up, etc.
    8.  OJ got away with it, so it must be alright.
    9.  Belcher thought it would be OK to share his violent death with his coaches.
    10. Belcher had NO history of any concussions.
    11. Belcher has left behind a daughter who may never be right.  Someday she will find out about the incident from a classmate, or read it in a magazine.
    12. The game Sunday was “dedicated” to Belcher as though he was some sort of hero. Nothing could be further from the truth.  He was a coward who would have a baby with his girlfriend, kill her in a fit of rage (or just because he felt like it), kill himself in front of his coaches for them to witness, and leave behind a daughter to suffer the rest of her life.
    13. And Bob Costas blames the gun.

  • Danco30

    No, Evan, you missed the facts here.

    From Bob Costas:  “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.”

    If you think Bob didn’t attack the 2nd amendment, you really missed it.

  • Anonymous

    We live in a culture that has been stripped of faith based values.  Millions of unborn babies are murdered every year (at my expense) and we watch crocodile tears from those who bemoan the results of living in a society with no absolute rules, accountability, no legislative integrity, no Constitutional respect and no semblance of virtue. How could we have fallen so low in the midst of those who believe that they have been annointed with superiority?

  • Anonymous

    What else would you call it, James.  The second amendment gives all Americans the right to keep and bare arms.  The o, and others want to take the guns away from the honest person.  Of course, the thugs will still have theirs. 

    You do realize that in places where there are open carry laws – any one can carry as long as they do not have a felony background – there is less crime than in places such as New York and California where there is some of the tightest gun laws in the world.  In the town in Florida where their laws require everyone over 21 to carry a gun, they have a crime rate of zero.  Would you rob the local 7-11 if you know for a fact the clerk is armed?  Would you beat your girlfriend/wife is she had a gun and knew how to use it?  I think not.

    As for this whole situation – I feel like he would have found a way to kill his girlfriend regardless.  This was not a case of some illiterate finding a gun and saying, “I wonder what will happen it I point this at my girlfriend and pull the trigger.”  This is a case of a calculated murder.  To bad he didn’t turn the gun on himself first.  But, I do give him credit, he saved the taxpayers a bunch of money by that single action.  Probably the only decent thing he did in his useless life.

    Prayers going up to the familys.   

  • Anonymous

    We should be appalled at the degree of sympathy being shown towards the player who WAS a MURDERER !!! The VICTUM should be the one we are talking about and the little girl not the Killer

  • Anonymous

    Costas was emotional .  If he wants elimination of rights for gun ownership, he picked the wrong forum to spout his view.  There is an innocent child now with no parents, and that to me is more important than the issue of gun control especially after the horror of this murder, suicide.
    And Costas had no right to spout on national tv, his views .  He should have started a college fund for their child and kept the gun issue out of it.

  • Paul Helger

    Costas has had more plastic surgery than Barbie; not even a man anymore. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XT7VFEL7LT5GGTPXCOOLFUCV64 james

    Bob costas is a douche, I am done with pro sports all together.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone involved were victims. Obviously the shooter had the greatest issues, but it’s counter productive and insensitive to not have sympathy for everyone involved. 

  • Anonymous

    Nor do they ban automobiles that kill thousands of people every year!

  • Anonymous

    How about looking at the culture of violence that is the NFL?  These players, beginning at the college level and above, are coached in extreme violence to the point of permanent injury or death.  Everyone involved in the game demands it of them, their coaches, their sponsors, the rabid fans all demand extreme violence.  They solve problems on the field with violence and are rewarded with extreme money and adulation.  Why wouldn’t they assume they could solve their problems off the field with violence?  If you create a culture of violence, shouldn’t you be responsible for monitoring that culture?  The gun was just a tool, not the reason this thing happened.  Sad deal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erik-Osbun/100001215333702 Erik Osbun

    It’s about Jovan Belcher’s crime, nothing more, nothing less. 

  • Anonymous

    OMG, what a fool. And he is so wrong.  Guns save far more lives every year than they “take.” I’m not just bloviating – I’m stating a fact and I’ll show the exact number and give source and other stats in a moment but first… I don’t like the way Beck’s comment or is it the article author’s comment “…as if he couldn’t have committed the murder with a knife” immediately jumps to the assumption that gun laws will have any impact on incidents like this.  That ASSumes that making guns illegal would get them out of the hands of people like this.  It won’t. Just like drug laws don’t keep drugs out of athletes hands.  Wake up.  Gun laws take guns away from law-abiding people who need them to defend themselves.  

    Now, for the facts… since Jan 1 2012
    from The World Wide Web Gun Defense Clock…
    Accidental Gun Deaths  594
    Gun Homicides 11,839
    Gun Suicides 15,623
    Poison Deaths 34,497
    Traffic Deaths 42,113
    Suffocation Deaths 13,181
    Falling deaths  19,276
    Guns used in self-defense 2,244,994

    According to the National Self Defense Survey conducted by Florida State University criminologists in 1994, the rate of Defensive Gun Uses can be projected nationwide to approximately 2.5 million per year — one Defensive Gun Use every 13 seconds.Among 15.7% of gun defenders interviewed nationwide during The National Self Defense Survey, the defender believed that someone “almost certainly” would have died had the gun not been used for protection — a life saved by a privately held gun about once every 1.3 minutes. (In another 14.2% cases, the defender believed someone “probably” would have died if the gun hadn’t been used in defense.)
    In 83.5% of these successful gun defenses, the attacker either threatened or used force first — disproving the myth that having a gun available for defense wouldn’t make any difference.
    In 91.7% of these incidents the defensive use of a gun did not wound or kill the criminal attacker (and the gun defense wouldn’t be called “newsworthy” by newspaper or TV news editors). In 64.2% of these gun-defense cases, the police learned of the defense, which means that the media could also find out and report on them if they chose to.
    In 73.4% of these gun-defense incidents, the attacker was a stranger to the intended victim. (Defenses against a family member or intimate were rare — well under 10%.) This disproves the myth that a gun kept for defense will most likely be used against a family member or someone you love.
    In over half of these gun defense incidents, the defender was facing two or more attackers — and three or more attackers in over a quarter of these cases. (No means of defense other than a firearm — martial arts, pepper spray, or stun guns — gives a potential victim a decent chance of getting away uninjured when facing multiple attackers.)
    In 79.7% of these gun defenses, the defender used a concealable handgun. A quarter of the gun defenses occured in places away from the defender’s home.Source: “Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun,” by Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz, in The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Northwestern University School of Law, Volume 86, Number 1, Fall, 1995

  • Anonymous

    How many innocent people die each year/day from drunk drivers? Way more than at the hands of guns. Why haven’t they banned booze? Gun control will not stop the crime. Even banning guns outright will not control crime.

  • Anonymous

    Bob  Costas  is   a  world class A$$HOLE   ,,,,,,,,,,

  • Anonymous

    Dont these people realize when you ban guns and take them from decent citizens that use them for what they target shooting or hunting, they wont be getting the guns that were stolen or other unregistered guns that are out there. Theres always going to be someone with an illegal gun out killing and robbing because they know we cant defend ourselves against them.

  • 4violet25

    Trying to recall his commentary when OJ killed his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman with a knife, also cutting his own finger(s) during the attack but then didn’t OJ say
    he couldn’t remember.  Its pathetic, now they’ll try to say anyone with head injury somehow has
    a streak for violence, not always the case and its the extreme.  Domestic violence isn’t limited to head injury, guns or anything in particular just the acts of many men who choose to  be controlling and violent due to the personality of the individual.

  • ZoeOlivia

    sorry, i didn’t mean to “like” your comment.  this man is a reporter.  he should report and not comment.  his beliefs have no place on the air.  if he insists on sharing his feelings and thoughts then he should become a commentator.  he was there to report on the game.  not comment on what happened.  report it, buy stating the facts and that’s all.  all these reporters are sharing their beliefs and no longer are they reporting the news.  so many who just accept these feelings and beliefs as facts just suck it all up, and don’t stop and think for themselves.  to think all would still be alive if it were not for the gun is pure foolishness.  he has a car, muscles, knives, probably a pool.  there are countless ways he could of done it, were it not for the gun.  people want the easy answer instead of doing some deep thinking about the many things that could of put this man in this place, that he did this horrible thing.  no, to really take time to try and figure this out takes too much effort.  it’s much easier to blame the gun.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P4IPMKSPZAEXEC6JXCWLX2OXIE Joe

    How about bow and arrows.  Didn’t a son kill his father over the weekend.  Forced his way into a classroom of college kids and shot his father in the head with a bow and arrow.  The father died, but before he did tackled his son so the kids could get away.  Unfortunately the dad died. Prior to killing his father, he killed his dad’s live in girl  friend.  Eerily similar to the Kansas City Chief situation.  Killed his girl friend, then himself.  People kill, a gun is only one of a multitude of ways to complete the act.  Costas stick to football.

  • http://www.facebook.com/catherine.peace.94 Catherine Peace

    coastas is a Anti God, anti country, STUPID left wing liberal loser  who doesn’t know his A** from a hole in the ground…..GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE,,,PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE WITH KNIVES, BASEBALL BATS, THEIR OWN FIST, CORD FROM LAMPS ETC, DO THE STUPID LIBERALS WANT TO BAN THOSE????? get real bob, you’re an IDIOT………..

  • Anonymous

    Glenn,

    I hope one of your staff checks out the story of the 25 year old man who shot his father with a compound bow in his classroom in a montana college last week after stabbing his fathers Girlfriend to death in front of their house.  The father fought with his son to allow the students time to leave then the son stabbed him to death as well then took his own life.  The sole purpose of the progressives in trying to get gun control is to control the population… not ensure the safety of citizens.  States without CCW have more vioent gun crime that states with CCW. Hmmm… 

  • Doc Hudson

    I wish Costas would stick to his area of expertise during a sportscast. Bottom line, there was one victim and one vile perpetrator.

  • 4violet25

    Too bad no one can explain why there is so much violence then in the inner cities and suburbs in relationship with ‘gangs’ irregardless of ‘race’ but still haven’t heard those big mouths who’ve always got opinions regarding ‘race’ comment on this story, guns, knives, etc., runs rampant with the gang culture,  innocents of every race  including babies and children die daily so what is their excuse, politicians don’t address it, law enforcement and communities are left to ‘deal’ with it and I don’t recall every ‘gang’ member having played in the NFL giving them ‘excuse’ of why they have narcissistic sociopathic tendencies related to severe head injury.  Unbelievable.

  • ZoeOlivia

    it has been proven in other countries that when they banned guns crime skyrocketed.  it  won’t make a difference to anyone and anything but the government.  once the guns are removed from the vast majority of its citizens, then it has complete control.

  • http://twitter.com/ABUTOM ABUTOM

    A GOOD MOSLEM FINDING OUT HIS DAUGHTER WAS DRESSING LIKE KIM KARDASHIAN RAN HER OVER WITH HIS TRUCK KILLING HER. A GOOD MOSLEM STUDENT OPPOSING THE WAR AGAINST ISLAM RAN OVER 9 STUDENTS IN A UNIVERSITY KILLING  SOME. HIT AND RUN DRIVERS KILL HELPLESS PEOPLE EVERYDAY. DWI KILLS EVERYDAY. IT IS TIME TO BAN CARS. THERE IS NO AMMENDMENT TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO HAVE A CAR. THINK OF ALL THE CARBON CREDITS YOU CAN EARN AND USE THEM TO BUY TRANSCRIPTS OF COMMUNIST SPEECHES.
    NBC NOTHING BUT COMMUNISTS NOW USES HALF TIME TO BRAINWASH CAPTIVE AMERICANS. HOW IS THE BENGHAZI COVER UP WORKING?
    MORE TEA ANYBODY?
    http://WWW.MEDIACRAPMATTERS.US
    YOU TUBE COPY OF BENGHAZI 911 CALL.

  • Anonymous

    If guns kill people, I have 2 that are defective.  A criminal’s paradise is an America without law abiding citizens having guns! 

    As far as this particular situation is concerned; maybe we should start the ban with steroids. These guys pump themselves full of crap in order to compete and make the coin. These are serious mood altering chemicals that have proved to be lethal to people around them.  I don’t know this is the case here….but makes at least as much sense as taking away guns. This guy could have beat that girl to death with a frying pan and then ran his Bently off a bridge. Glen is right, it’s a cultural problem…not a gun problem.  Take a way the influence of God and morals, and anything goes.

  • http://twitter.com/Tedjts Ted

    Yes he was James.  He and his ilk in California have just about done it.  In CA, you can’t carry even an unloaded handgun, nor a UNLOADED rifle in public.  Bottom line, you can’t carry a gun anywhere in public in the Peoples Republic of Californication, but you can run naked in a San Fransicko
    parade and smoke dope.   Yes James, they want to rid Americans of their guns.  Watch what Obama trys in the UN this term.

  • Anonymous

    I RATHER THINK IT HAS MORE TO DO WITH STEROIDS CAUSING ROID RAGE AND BRAIN TUMORS….REMEMBER POOR LYLE ALZADO WHO TRIED TO WARN US OF THIS DURING HIS LAST DAYS. 

    IF YOU’RE GOING TO BLAME THE GUNS, YOU MIGHT AS WELL BLAME THE AIR, BECAUSE IF HE HADN’T BEEN BREATHING, THEN SHE WOULD STILL BE ALIVE.  COSTAS IS ANOTHER KOOK!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=686788019 Mark Benninger

    But that is the culture.   One that cheapens life.  Change the culture and you can have all the guns you want without the epidemic of violence perpetrated against our fellow man.  

  • Anonymous

    Gee Mr. Costas.  Jovan Belcher had to pick up the gun and fire it, it didn’t fire itself…Do ya think maybe Mr. Belcher needed psychological help to sort things out…instead of blaming it on the firearm…These people are all part of George Soros network to ban our protections!

  • Anonymous

    The fact is that all these people who want to disarm everyone…would not give up their protections or their body guards…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.w.johnson.54 Ryan Wallace Johnson

    bob costas needs to shut tha fuck up! along with jason whitlock’s punk ass!! kc didn’t want his bitch ass any more!!

  • Anonymous

    Actually Bob Costas is a sports commentator, and he was commenting/reporting on the biggest SPORTS related issue of the day.  So as far as I’m concerned, there was relavance to him speaking up on the matter.  And you are making lot’s of generalizations and speculations by suggesting that everyone is sucking it all in, and not thinking for themselves.  Actually, if Costas would have just reported on the game, on the eve after a member of the NFL died, he would have been doing exactly what you are complaining about: not thinking for himself, and just acting like “it’s business as usual”.  When in fact, it was not just another day in the NFL, someone died.  That’s pretty rare, especially the way the murderer did so. 

    Lastly, Costas is actually trying to help the general populous think, by pointing out the harmful effects that guns have sometimes.  There are tons of different implications that we can INFER from hims commentrary, but one thing that he definintely did not outright say, was that the U.S. needs to ban guns.  Like I said, banning guns, aka, the second amendment, is alot different than perhaps imposing harsher restrictions and or making it difficult, for CERTAIN PEOPLE to have them.  Big difference.  So its ridiculous to castigate Costas as so many of you are doing, when he didn’t OUTRIGHT SAY anything even close to “let’s get rid of guns”.

  • danielwilliams2362

    I would rather be shot dead by a maniac than sliced and diced by one while I am still alive. But better yet, I would rather have a gun of my own and defend myself from said maniac! I don’t know any Christians, of which I’m one, who glorifies death or cheapens life. Life itself is a gift from God and we need to put that gift to good use, but we also need to protect it.

  • BentGhazi

    Another brain washed left wing media personality speaks out about something he has no background or intelligence on. I’d rather trust the janitor at the hospital to advise me on investing  my money than listen to another lefty loon-a-tic scream about guns after an obviously deranged person shoots someone and/or himself. 

    It’s the brain behind the gun, not the gun. When are these morons going to figure this out?

    Let’s ban the NFL because of the brain damage caused by 285 pound men slamming into each other at full speed. That would be more effective. Of course we could ban the alcohol he had been swilling, but wait, we tried that and as I recall it did more harm than good because idiots will kill each other over it whether it is legal to drink or not.

  • BentGhazi

    Meanwhile, their more evil factions are dancing with glee as they get one more step closer to disarming the people. 

  • Anonymous

    I knew this guy was a turd, that clip just proved I was right!

  • BentGhazi

    James, stop making a fool of yourself – you are pulling a Costas!

  • Anonymous

    The Left didn’t react this way when conservative Dick Cheney  shot his hunting partner.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t you address the merits of my argument, instead of making juvenile attempt at ridiculing me?  Or better yet find me Costas’s statement, where he without a doubt tells the U.S. public that we need to ban guns?  

  • BentGhazi

    Uh… Okay.

  • Anonymous

    It’s really humorous how most people who are so out-spoken in favor of banning all firearms in the media & high positions of power can afford to hire 10 bodyguards to follow them around everywhere they go!  It’s hilarious!

  • BentGhazi

    When you can get serious and not be a knee-jerk reactionary liberal fool, and when you can put forth a rational argument, then we can have a discussion. Until then, you do not deserve any kind of regard or consideration.

  • http://twitter.com/ki7re Bob Ratliff

     I have great Gun Control: A nice tight 3 shot group!!

  • Anonymous

    It’s impossible to know if Belcher did not have a gun whether or not he and his gf would be alive today.  That is without a doubt true.  I don’t agree with Costas unequivocal statement.  I agree, it makes it seem as though Costas had some insider knowledge, which he probablly didn’t.  So personally, I didn’t like that particular part of his statement. Yet, the overall message in my opinion, was not him trying to tell everyone that we need to ban guns.  Rather, that guns are dangerous, and it’s okay to have an honest conversation about how when they fall into the wrong peoples hands, they have obvious dedadly consequences.  YOu make an excellent point about Costas making a blanket statement.  Yet,  isn’t your argument a bit of a stretch?  You are telling me that based off of this statement- Costas: “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”  That Costas is preaching to ban guns completely?  OR what exactly do you think Costas is trying to say?    

  • Orion

    He should be fired for it

  • Anonymous

    Great post – and if the Do-Gooder-Left is so concerned for the sanctity of life, wheres the outcry within our nation,   over the obsession of killing the helpless-inocent-unborn

  • Anonymous

    Since ‘Button’ batteries that are used to Power up the ‘Hearing Aids’ that some of us use are being ingested little children causing their deaths; maybe we should ban ‘Hearing Aids’ because they are inherently dangereous to our young children. HHHMMMM, sounds more like stupidity on the part of those that leave these batteries laying around.

  • Sandie

    If guns are banned, the killing won’t stop. OJ didn’t use a gun.
    Last Friday, a Connecticut man (Chris Krumm) went to Wyoming where he killed his father’s girlfriend with a knife, then went to the college where his father was teaching and in front of the class killed his father with a bow and arrow, after which he took his own life by stabbing himself to death with a knife. If guns were ever outlawed, the people who shouldn’t have them – the criminal element, will still have them.

  • Anonymous

    It’s called an unstated premise. His argument would have been a logical syllogism if he had not left out the premise “A ban on guns would have prevented him from having a gun”.
    *
    This is called an enthymeme – an unstated premise, that must be true, in order for a syllogism to be true.

  • Anonymous

    “car, muscles, knives, probably a pool, there are countless ways he could of done it”  And you accuse *other* people of not thinking!  Is a car a weapon?  Is a swimming pool?  Give us a break.  Would you say a man is just as likely to kill his girlfriend if he owns an orange peeler but no handgun?  A correlation between *weapons* and violence is hardly surprising, nor is it difficult to imagine how, on the whole, violence would diminish with fewer freaking weapons.  

  • Anonymous

    Hahaha, I would bloviate nonsensical responses too, if i had nothing interesting to say also. Homie, keep it real. Go back and look at my posts, I haven’t offended anyone. You on the other hand are clearly intentionally letting your emtions get the best of you, which is evident by your angry knee jerk responses. Briging up janitors, and calling people looney bc they stand to the left of you. Or ridiculing 200 pound football players. Seriously, be honest without yourself, if anyone is expressing knee jerk reactions, its you.

  • Anonymous

     …and we would still have the horrific history of the “Boston Strangler”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Hughes/1188672904 Brian Hughes

    LOL, great comparison guys! Found this article, 
    Op-ed piece on swimming pools vs. guns as the most dangerous weapon
    http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2001/07/27/levittpoolsvsguns/

  • Sandie

     Once Obama and the UN get all our guns in their registry (of course the criminals who have them won’t be listed) it will make it much easier for the next stage – confiscation.

  • Anonymous

    Notice how Costa the Coward chose not to use his own words he used someone else’s? This way if there is too much heat he can blame the author and not take any accountability for the statement itself.  

    Maybe the liberals want to ban people then there would be no violence?

  • Anonymous

    Call me an idiot, fine.  You just made a list of 20 things, only one one of which (knife) is actually a weapon, and apparently expect us to believe they’re all of equal danger to society.  A gun, unlike everything else on your list, is specifically designed to kill people, and does so more effectively than just about any other tool (which is why cops and violent criminals both carry them).  You’d have us believe that a world with more killing tools will have the same amount of killing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Judy-Hines/1092616766 Judy Hines

    research shows the exact opposite actually happens. When guns are taken away violence increases, when guns are given back violent crimes decrease. Read before you speak and try something new- checking facts!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZOBNH3WNPY6KPPAYWD2IDXKFV4 Gary

    No, what’s sad is people giving up freedom for safety.  The Second Amendment clearly states that “the right of the people to bear arms shall no be infringed”.  Whether you want to admit it or not james, the ultimate aim of the people for gun control is the banning of guns.  All anyone with any sense has to do is look at how gun laws have progressed in the last 60 or so years.  We’ve come all the way from having the only restrictions on guns were common sense and whether Dad thought you were responsible enough to have one, to age restrictions and the types of people who can have guns, to gun registration, to gun licensing, to restrictions on the types of guns and other miscellaneous parts and pieces, to waiting periods, to areas in the country where outright bans in fact do exist.  So get off your high horse and don’t tell me that gun bans are not the goal.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7KBRQCZKACEPZOATIBBESHXVVU Tod

    God bless the family and the child, tragic.
    COSTAS IS A MORON PROGRESSIVE PEDALING THE NETWORK AGENDA.
    Guns don’t kill people you idiot, people kill people.
    Costas should be fired for politicizing this anti Constitutional leftist fallacy.
    If Hank Williams, Jr. gets fired for his opinion of Obozo, then Costas should be terminated immediately for his lame brained viewpoint.
    I WILL NOT WATCH SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL UNTIL COSTAS IS REMOVED.

  • Anonymous

    “Research shows?”  Okay, is that all research or just the research you prefer to cite?  Try presenting some facts if you want to be persuasive.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not on any high horrse. I just genuinely disagree with you.  I don’t believe that the ultimate goal is banning the second amendment. I don’t see a problem with age restrictions nor waiting periods. 

  • Anonymous

    Maybe if his victim had a gun she could have defended herself.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7KBRQCZKACEPZOATIBBESHXVVU Tod

    Duplicitowse-
    Move to Chicago, the murder capital of the US, they don’t allow citizens their 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms and defend themselves and their families..
    You’ll be safer there right, you can just call the police while you and yours are being attacked, raped or murdered.
    Wake up.
    My gun and 90 million more killed NO ONE today, leave it the hell alone and put the blame where it belongs, its called personal responsibility.
    GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE.

  • Anonymous

    But, isn’t that the way it already is, and has been for the last 35 years or so?

  • Anonymous

    What is exactly?

  • Anonymous

    The real question is, what do people kill people *with*? The answer is, guns:
    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004888.html

  • Sandie

    Yes, maybe we better ban nylon stockings too.

  • Anonymous

    Kasandra Perkins may still be alive if she had purchased and learned how to use a hand gun!  May her soul be at peace!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MWAAFFBVKAROICVSLJNTZJPMBA HELEN

    Gun control does not stop crime.

    Ask Mexicans in fear for their lives who would like to be able to defend themselves and families fm the cartels and the corrupt policia.  Ask Rwandans if you need guns to kill on an industrial scale.Clearly this football player was disturbed and wanting to do somebody in. Guns are not the problem, human flaws are.

  • Anonymous

    Hands are the number one killers in the world. Hands could use any weapon imaginable, or they themselves can be used as weapons. They must be banned since they really can’t be controlled. Everyone’s hands must be cut off of their bodies. As ridiculous this may sound, I want to see those who support control or banning guns try to refute this argument.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, like the Nazis had it, take the guns away and the people will load themselves onto the boxcars. 
    I’ll keep mine, I can’t afford to pay a bodyguard like the “elites” do. I actually believe the lives of my family and mine are at least as valuable as theirs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MWAAFFBVKAROICVSLJNTZJPMBA HELEN

    Aye, beating her to death would have been much harder to accomplish w/bullets in him.

    Most domestic violence does not involve guns.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MWAAFFBVKAROICVSLJNTZJPMBA HELEN

    Don’t confuse a gun control advocate w/the facts.

  • Anonymous

    …and rope…well..then again-maybe not, we both know rope is a product of hemp so that will never happen.

  • Ciaran

    I know tons of gun owners. I’ve known gun owners since childhood. Not ONE of the hundreds of people I know has ever done anything like this, no matter how angry they’ve gotten. Ya’ll need ot understand which demographic commits the VAST majority of violent crimes, in proportion to their population numbers. Guns are not the problem. Guns are not what needs to be banned.

  • Anonymous

    Aye aye…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MWAAFFBVKAROICVSLJNTZJPMBA HELEN

    When someone decides to kill him/herself and uses a gun, they were not “crying for attention.”  They were quite serious about ending it all.  Those folks also are prone to using really lethal means like guns, hanging, crashing the car into bridge abutments, etc.  They typically do not use “softer” reversible means like pills or cutting.

    When combined w/homicide, the problem is often murkier.  It could be that he did not intend to kill the mother of his child.  When she did die as a result of his direct actions, perhaps he was unable to face up to the consequences and simply killed himself.  It is interesting that he did NOT kill the child, so I’m betting he did not initially intend to kill the “wife” either.

    The M.E. hopefully does a full psychological post mortem as well to unravel what did happen inside his brain that day.  One bad thing led to another.  The gun was incidental to the real problem.

  • Anonymous

    Obligatory Nazi reference brings light to any debate… Frankly, I’d support legislating away your right to own a handgun, and it’s nothing against you or your family.  I happen to think society in general will be safer — and by extension, your family — if none of us own handguns.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    I thought about that too.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Exactly, nearly anything can be used in one form or another to kill a fellow human.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    If a reporter gives his opinion on a article of news, he/she should clearly state at the end, “In my opinion…” or even ‘In the opinion of this reporter…”

    It should be clearly stated that it is their personal opinion before they give it. Otherwise most will assume it to be part of the story.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Bob, maybe next week you can discuss the deadly use of Abortion Clinics, and how they kill and maim, untold millions of innocent victims across this nation each and every year…many I suppose…who would have become professional NFL players…………Hypocrites All

  • Anonymous

    @duplicitowse:disqus , hands and feet are weapons too. If all 7 billion people in the world got their arms and legs removed from their bodies, then your statement would ring true that violence would diminish with fewer weapons.
    Weapons are only tools and nothing more. They are literally incapable of committing any crime on their own. Violence is an act. It requires a thought process before the action can be committed. People choose to be violent or not, not guns!
    Your argument is weak. I have common sense, science and intelligence to back my argument. What do you have?

  • Anonymous

    Hi Z
    I think the hair dye has poisoned his brain…..what a dope. That’s assuming he has any!

  • Anonymous

    When was the last time a criminal obeyed the law? Criminals will get guns no matter what. Criminals always purchase guns on the black market. You choose to punish the law abiding citizen and not the criminal. Your thinking is very scary and sickening.

  • Anonymous

     They could have my gun once they pry it from my cold dead hand.

  • Anonymous

    I think Bob Costas should not be allowed to give any opinions on television.  He should pay for the add if he wants to give his two cents worth.  I think he should keep his opinions to himself. If this man wanted to kill his girlfriend and himself wouldn’t make any difference what he had to do it, he would have found a way.  A gun was quicker unfortunately, but then so would have been a knife.  Will they try to ban those next?  The left should just ban, tax and change our whole country all at once instead of doing it little by little.  Just do it and get it over with!!!

  • Anonymous

    When the loons get the gun restrictions they think they want( remember having is never the same as wanting something) we become the 4th reich, the new nazi germany. Once disarmed what used to pass for a free people are now serfs (or slaves) to the despot running the asylum. You will obey or else, so the useful idiots will obey to insure a steady stream of freebies to keep them compliant and pacified.  Welcome to the NWO.

  • Anonymous

    send him on assignment to caponeland on a Saturday night without the bodyguards. He’ll last a minute 30 on a slow night

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002303555244 Susan Mathews

    duplicitowse so when someone is attacked with knives, poison, strangled with rope, hit over the head with an object, drowned in the bathtub or a dozen other ways that doesn’t kill people. Wow wonder if that works as a defense in court?

  • Anonymous

    knighttemplar01

    Well said.

  • Anonymous

    Bob Costas is a smart guy when it comes to the NFL… not politics.

  • Anonymous

    Costas has cost us precious time that should have been spent on more important issues rather than his moronic comments….  

  • http://youtu.be/ff8jDkOHp3U Sam Fisher

    Yes you are an idiot. Even if you ban every gun people can still kill other people. Clubs ever heard of them idiot. See it just a stick and you bash someone’s brains out with it. What are you going to do ban trees next? Oh and cars have been known to use in murder lets ban that. Let ban socks because you can choke someone with that and what about dogs they been used in war and should not be owned by anyone. I know let’s kill man’s best friend because they are dangerous weapons of war. Oh no some stab me with safety scissors let’s band that to. Let’s ban arms and hands because a man can choke someone to death. Let’s cut legs off so we can’t kick anyone to death. Better idea let’s get everyone a padded room so we can have no human contact. Make sure you get you strait jacket on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/buckie.smith.1 Buckie Smith

    you crossed the line Costas, running your mouth when you don’t know what you are talking about.

  • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    Let see, cities were all the citizens are allow to care firearms does
    have as many killings as those towns that restrict firearms. cities like
    ; Washington DC, New York, Detroit, and LA. Isn’t it funny that those
    towns are run by Democrats! Now, what are the democrats doing to stop
    the killings, well there the posters in the subways, there are radio
    commercials, brochures left in the areas and attempts to restrict guns. 
    The interesting part is the gun is the instrument of death, the
    individual  pulling the trigger is the problem.  We have lost our
    respect for Human life! There is no emotion because our academia has
    successfully made violence the tool to get revenge, get even or
    eliminate a nuisance. Our moral being is erased and society has gone cold. Costas  rant was so far off base and misdirected it was pathetic! Stick to sports not the Democrat agenda! 

  • Sandie

     Perzactly! I wonder, if his girlfriend had a gun and he knew she could and would use it, would he have ever gone to her place with a gun to shoot her? Maybe he would knowing he had the element of surprise, but maybe not. If he had no gun I am sure he would have done the same as OJ did.      

  • Anonymous

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    Notice the word ,”infringed”.

  • Anonymous

    You’re raising a Straw Man argument, that guns would shoot themselves.  But no one claims that.  Weapons may only be tools, but the effectiveness of a weapon affects how many people can be killed by it.  Will a gatling gun kill more people than a cap gun?  Will a handgun kill more people than arms and legs?  Yes, on the average, they will.  Assuming violent people will always exist, violent people will kill more people with effective tools than with ineffective tools.  

  • Anonymous

    Yeah Sandie, I think you’re onto something.  Individuals should be able to own nuclear weapons, that should be enough of a deterrent, don’t you think?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, now for the “Slippery Slope” fallacy of logic.  So many fallacies in this thread.

  • Anonymous

    You really refuse to acknowledge the argument you’re faced with, don’t you?  Of course people will always be killed.  The argument is that *fewer* people will be killed.  You refuse to acknowledge an argument  you can’t refute, so instead will make up silly stuff about socks and call other people idiots.

  • Anonymous

    There are many ways to harm, main, and kill besides using a gun. Running car in the garage, poison,knife,strangulation, etc. Costas should stick to sportscasting and leave a Constitutional right alone. 

  • Sandie

    Were you born stupid or do you just practice a lot?

    Do individuals own nuclear weapons? I don’t think the Nuclear Regulatory Commission allows for that. Ever heard of them?

  • Anonymous

     duplicitowes

    When someone says, “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a GUN, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”; then the gun is being blamed and not the person. You are the one with the straw man argument. Stop blaming the gun for the killing and blame Belcher. Until you can prove that these two individuals wouldn’t be dead if he DID NOT POSSESS A GUN, then your argument and Costas’ doesn’t hold any merit.

    Mao Tse Sung is the biggest mass murderer in the world. He killed 70 million of his own people in peace time. Most of them, if not all, died by starvation and over labor than by any gun. If these people had guns, would the death count have been so high? The answer to this question would be NO.

    Adolf Hitler took the exact same approach as you. The government will keep you safe. You don’t need to own guns. Government will give you everything. People like you bought into it, and over 10 million people were killed (Jews are counted in this number). Those who lived through the massacre lived in government made ghettos.

    I suggest you study your history before flapping your lips.

  • Eric Ferguson

    I was reading everyone comments in my head until I got to yours. Because of the capitol letters I screamed out every word at the top of my lungs. Now the kids think the wife and I are fighting and the dogs wont come near me. 

  • Anonymous

    Ask Bob Costas if he would recommend preventing people from owning a rope after hearing
    that a man hung himself ?? It is the same mind set that applies to guns . I cannot understand
    how someone can come up with this philosophy . Sorry Bob but where is your common sense.

  • Anonymous

     I see by the stats you refer to that murder has fallen steadily since say 2003, as there are more guns sold each year and more citizens owning guns. It looks like your position is WRONG. More guns means less murder. It’s OK to  be wrong, we who own guns deter folks from taking advantage of your calling in life.

  • Anonymous

    Y’all should check this out… It’ll make you toss your cookies once you see it for what it is…http://www.ryanholiday.net/

  • Anonymous

    If you murder someone you should die. A gun was used to execute a murder. Good. The world is a safer place without this animal. He is not a “Good guy” who murders his wife and the mother of his child. He is a murderer. If the wife had that gun she could have done the job and the child would have at least the non murderous parent alive. Bob costas and his sanctimonious friends in their gated communities with their armed body guards and studios is happy to take guns away from others.. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MWAAFFBVKAROICVSLJNTZJPMBA HELEN

    Or the dude who killed his dad and dad’s lover w/a compound bow last week.

  • Guest

    Time to ban wood, string, plastic and fiberglass…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MWAAFFBVKAROICVSLJNTZJPMBA HELEN

    LOL — and hands, too!  Let’s just ban everything!  LOL — silly people.  It was the same mentality that landed us in the bloodbath known as World War I.  Simplistic thinking and the pipe dream that people are better now than in the past.

  • Guest
  • http://www.facebook.com/xhrider Dennis Johnson

    Outlawing guns because people are killed by them is idiotic logic ie. (moronic) logic.
    We must outlaw electric cords on all lights etc because people are strangled by them by criminals. Cars gotta go because people run over others with them. This could go on and on until someone teaches these idiots we can’t ban something just because it is used to kill someone. Sorry about the rant, but come on people use the grey matter between your ears.

  • Sandie

    In the U.K.:

    Following the Dunblane massacre, the government passed the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997, banning private ownership of handguns almost completely.

    The number of crimes involving firearms in England and Wales increased from 13,874 in 1998/99 to 24,070 in 2002/03.

    Official figures showed that gun-related killings and injuries recorded by police had risen more than fourfold since 1998.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_the_United_Kingdom

    By Kaiser: 2009;  fire arms  death rate per 100,000:USA  10.1
    Puerto Rico 21.6
    Guam 50.7

    Another study::
    The Small Arms Survey  from 2007 collates civilian gun ownership rates for 178 countries around the world,

    The US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world – an average of
    88 per 100 people. That puts it first in the world for gun ownership –
    and even the number two country, Yemen, has significantly fewer – 54.8
    per 100 people
    • But the US does not have the worst firearm murder rate – that prize belongs to Honduras, El Salvador and Jamaica. In fact, the US has a rate of 2.97 per 100,000 people for a rank of 28th.
    • Puerto
    Rico tops the world’s table for firearms murders as a percentage of all
    homicides – 94.8%. It’s followed by Sierra Leone in Africa and Saint
    Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/jul/22/gun-homicides-ownership-world-list

    See machete deaths here:http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/mor_con_wit_kni_swo_or_dag-mortality-contact-knife-sword-daggerAccording to the latest available data, those who use guns in violent crimes rarely purchase
    them directly from licensed dealers; most guns used in crime have been stolen or transferred
    between individuals after the original purchase.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MWAAFFBVKAROICVSLJNTZJPMBA HELEN

    Nice blog, Ryan.  Concur w/you abt Cato.  He was a rare man of principle and courage.  Cicero and Scipio Africanus and Cincinnatus are all worthy Romans.

  • Anonymous

    Not my blog, found it by accident… The book is awesome. It’s an insider story about the world of blogs. It’ll make you toss your cookies if you read it…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MWAAFFBVKAROICVSLJNTZJPMBA HELEN

    Guest — I think I’ll pass.  The news is nauseating enough!

    Today is as it was in the days of Noah.  That did not work out particularly well for the majority of humanity then, nor will it now.

  • http://twitter.com/paoligarcy Paolina

    Naw, if he got assaulted with a gun he’d blame the gun instead of the person using it. Typical liberal mindset: people are inherently “good”, (not the sinful creatures we are), they just need the proper “education”, i.e. elites brainwashing them.

     Nevermind that the wicked people amongst us (and even a few good ones!) would just buy guns on the black market. In fact many already do!

    If we can’t control the smuggling of illegal immigrants and illegal drugs across the border, I think it’s safe to say we couldn’t stop illegal gun running.

    Some guns are TINY and dogs can’t sniff them out like people or drugs! It would just blend in with the metal vehicle it’s transported in.

    And worse, if you outlaw guns, the same way with drugs, it just means one more revenue source for gangs, mafias, and cartels,  and one LESS revenue source for law abiding corporations and their employees! (which is also why I favor ending drug prohibition as it would mean the cartels would lose their revenue, we’d save billions in court costs, and we could tax it like alcohol/cigs and use that money for border patrol/law enforcement to stop terrorists and REAL threats).

  • Guest

    Your call, but it’s not the news that makes the news nauseating – which is his point… He gives you the skinny on how the blogs have destroyed what was left of the media and journalism. I don’t blame you for not wanting to “know”. You can never “unknow it”.

  • http://twitter.com/sbaxter927 Steve Baxter

    Again, you are another example of using the blame game to shift where the problem truly lies.

    Fewer “freaking weapons” would NOT alleviate the problems we are facing.  Someone else has posted this here already and it has been proven time and again…  It’s the lack of value of life that is so rampant that is the problem!  It’s seen in so many forms, one is senseless murders such as this one, another more popular method would be legalized murder (also known as abortion).

    Stop blaming the spoon because you are fat, stop blaming the fast food industry for your 2nd heart attack, stop blaming a political party for the downward spiral this country has gotten into.  Let’s start taking ownership of our problems that we have all gotten into as a whole country.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FTL54AO6XGP4VW3FNIWQNOHDOA Robyn

    So, the 12 year old girl in Oklahoma who shot an intruder trying to get to her in her mother’s room would be better off raped or dead?

  • Sandie

    This source has loads of  interesting info:
    Myths About Gun Control
    National Center for Policy Analysis

    http://jpfo.org/pdf03/gun-control-myths-92.pdf

    Switzerland has one of the lowest murder rates in the world in the world – it requires men age 20 – 50 to have a military issued automatic weapon at home.
    In the US, 88% of violent crimes do NOT involve firearms.

  • http://twitter.com/paoligarcy Paolina

     @rileytownsend:disqus : I’m pro-gun because I’m pro-freedom. However, more or less guns generally doesn’t change things. Law abiding ownership does. More responsible gun owners deters criminals.

    But generally crime statistics have to do with homogenous cultures.

    Japan for example has a homogenous culture and bans guns, but has the lowest murder rate. Switzerland comes in at #2 for lowest murder rate in the world, but REQUIRES every male to own and keep a gun in their house.

    So the real motto if you want lower crime is to cut down on diversity. Sad, but true. Enforce English as the official language, require assimilation to the culture, etc. Both Switzerland and Japan have the lowest murder rate despite completely opposite gun laws, but they are consistently known as amongst the most “xenophobic” nations. Apparently, their xenophobia must have some basis in truth as it results in the safest societies on Earth.

    There is indeed much to fear from other human beings, and statistics show when a society is made up of people who look like each other, speak like each other, and think (religion) like each other, they tend not to commit crimes. Theft in such a society feels like stealing from your own family.

    Hence why the homogenous Scandinavian societies, despite having the most generous welfare states, have very few people using that welfare because they feel it’s like stealing from their own “national family”. Though the flood of recent immigrants to those countries have no such reservations.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW6ALM3N2YFTOT6TN3GZGAHQG4 Frank Balcer

    Our founding Fathers gave us the the second amendment right for a reason, that is to protect ourselves & each other. I can not think of a single gun law that is not an infringement on that right.

    ” the strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in Government”  Thomas Jefferson.

  • Anonymous

    What about the compound bow used in the Wyoming murder?

  • landofaahs

    I am shocked that the folks on this site could not diagnose the real problem here.  I understand why Boob Costass would not know, he’s a libturd.  Mr. Belcher made $1.927 million a year.  That makes him rich.  He was demonized by his govt. and democrats, especially his brother of the hood obama.  Facing his increased taxation and lack of esteem for being a scapegoat just because he was successful can easily drive a mentally unstable person like that over the edge.
    The solution based on costass logic would be to get rid of taxation by the federal govt.  Even the IRS is getting such a bad reputation that they are considering changing their name from the IRS to OURS. 

  • Sandie

    When the UK banned gun ownership, gun crimes increased. So did crimes involving knives. That is pretty telling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/StGeorge2011 Robert Manwiller

    That little fairy-boy Costas is a liberal media gun-grabbing shill. When the revolution starts he’ll be one of the first to get two in the back of the head.

  • Duane

     Ha Ha…Irony sugarcoated by idiotic blasphemy.  Wow…Some peoples kids!

  • Anonymous

    ..and The Ultimate Murder Isn’t With Guns, It’s Mothers Killing Their Child WithIn The Womb!HusseinObama calls that AfterBirthAbortion!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW6ALM3N2YFTOT6TN3GZGAHQG4 Frank Balcer

     Blaming guns for killing people is the same as blaming pens & pencils for spelling errors, & forks & spoons for making people fat.
    of course the libtards don’t see it that way.

  • Anonymous

    Ban on guns – how is Chicago and DC working out?  Bob Costas should be fired since he should be reporting on sports and NOT politics.  Remember, both Rush and Hank Williams Jr. were fired.  Most likely won’t happen because of double standard and Costas is a liberal

  • Anonymous

    COSTAS NEEDS TO STICK TO SPORTS! Let’s ban all automoblies–thousands of people of all ages and races are killed by drunk drivers every year Drag racing on pubic streets, hit and run accidents,vehicles in poor mechanical conditon–all cause deaths. Let’s ban power tools–do you know how many people are seriously injured or killed? We should ban matches, electric heaters, propane or anythting that can cause a fire in the home. How many people die in their home due to fires? The list goes on and on—maybe it isn’t the instrutment,the car,the tool, the knife,etc, but the people that are the problem. Man has been killing man long before any of today’s items/inventions were around. People have been dying, being injured,mamed for generations and will continue to do so because of man’s nature, because of hate, pride, greed,jealously, anger, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, —you name it. The problem is in man not — a gun or any other weapon used to kill innocent individuals. Instead of honoring the killing and suicide of 2 people–find out the causes behind those events and investigate that. In so far as how it happened he could have beat her to death then jumped off a bridge. Let me guess Costas doesn’t hunt, own a gun for self defense or believe in the police using deadly force! Do you think he is a conservative Republican ,a Tea Party member or belong to the NRA?
    Where do you think all of this comes from–all the media coverage about gun control?
    LOCK AND LOAD PEOPLE! The next 4 years and beyond under Obama and the Democrats is going to make his first 4 look like a walk in the park. Get ready ’cause you are going to lose more than just your job, your bank account, your stocks, your health plan,your home–he’s just getting started!

  • Anonymous

    Now you’ve got it. Just like in Iran,North Korea,Russia and China –they are such peace loving countries. Hey maybe neighbor gangs,outlaw motorcycle gangs, organized crime families, drug cartels, serial killers, and a few others could all have their own nukes too. You know If they armed everyone that got on a plane–I bet no one would high jack it. You should go spend a week in the ghettos and projects of this country, the low income neighborhoods where the sounds of brother hood and love can be heard every night. The next time somone kicks in the door to your home and vandalizes you–try speaking kind words to them and explain how you are non violent and don’t believe in hurting people–maybe they will apologize and leave. I’m sure they probably won’t have weapons or guns. Good Luck!

  • Sargonarhes

    You can kill a person with anything. As I always say, if you still think it’s safe you just aren’t trying hard enough.

  • Anonymous

    lets ban cars as well since tens of thousand of people die in car accidents each year,he should stick with sports and not inject politics in it,he lost all my respect i had for him

  • Anonymous

    “Do individuals own nuclear weapons? I don’t think the Nuclear Regulatory Commission allows for that. Ever heard of them?”

    Ok, so you’ve established you would regulate the weapons an individual can own.  That’s a start.   Love the insults though, they’re a great substitute for rational argument.

  • Anonymous

    “Until you can prove that these two individuals wouldn’t be dead if he DID NOT POSSESS A GUN, then your argument and Costas’ doesn’t hold any merit.”
    Figure out who you’re arguing with.  I am not Bob Costas.  What I’m saying is that there would be fewer violent deaths in the US if there were fewer handguns.  I don’t know if Jovan Belcher would have done a  murder/suicide without owning a gun, but I think it would be less likely.  I’m not sure exactly how you think Belcher would have quickly killed himself in a parking lot in front of his coaches without a gun, maybe a concealed samurai sword?  

    PS Mao and Hitler had guns.  But really the US is in quite a different position.  No one’s trying to remove the Second Amendment, just regulate the *type* of guns a violent person could own.  That’s not so hard is it?

  • Anonymous

    It’s not a blame game to suggest that handguns lead to gun violence, it’s simple logic.  I’m not changing the subject to your litany of societal problems.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IKPZCVTCMSDWIRLRJ5ZZSBEJOM Nunya Bussiness

    Bob need to be terminmated.

  • http://youtu.be/ff8jDkOHp3U Sam Fisher

    You’re a moron if you believe that. first of just if you think someone is not going to kill because they can’t get a hold of a gun is first of all very illogical argument second what to stop criminals from getting guns that you banned. You think they are just going to follow the law after years of law breaking? Clearly you don’t have the ability to think thing through. Gun banning out of knee jerk reactions like this is so very illogical. First how do we defend ourselves from criminals that still carry guns? What are you planning talking them to deaf on the evils of the second amendment? You never think for yourself do you? Your side arguments have always been illogical. If we all acted like you then we would have no freedom what so ever. Also seeing how in England where they did ban all guns people are still dying by them and that is why your hissy fit that you sick people through every time someone shoots someone else illogical. Truth is murder is going to happen with or without guns and banning guns will do nothing to even slow that down in fact it has never worked like that ask England and other countries that banned many guns.

  • http://youtu.be/ff8jDkOHp3U Sam Fisher

    The take guns away because they kill people are illogical and frankly really devoid of any thought process but nothing new coming from a liberal.

  • Anonymous

    WHERE was Bob Costas’ “rant and rave” when we had four Americans murdered in Benghazi???  Why wasn’t he screaming at the top of his lungs that our government FAILED to protect them from harm after numerous requests?  Where was his outrage when the attack went on for literally HOURS and our military was ordered to “stand down”?  I assume Mr. Costas is a member of the progressive community that has basically said NOTHING!!!

    If I used his analogy, there would be 40,000+ people in Syria who would still be alive if the rebels didn’t have the guns and weapons WE gave them to fight against Assad!!!  I am sure that the children that are being tortured and murdered are grateful to us here in America!  Where is the outrage of the progressive community?

    If I used his analogy, the thousands of guns that were walked across our southern border by OUR program called “Fast and Furious.”   And those very weapons ended up murdering hundreds of Mexican citizens as well as two of our own border agents . . . IF the DoJ and the POTUS had not authorized the weapons to be sold, all those people would be alive today!!!   Does the progressive movement even care?

    So perhaps Mr. Costas should think twice about his choice of venue to vent his spleen for all of America to see!!!  I am sure football fans all across the nation were not impressed with his impromptu rant!!!  Incidentally, does he think that just maybe he has his priorities a little mixed up??

  • Anonymous

    I’m hoping, since about 98% of all the football & baseball players own firearms for self protection from crazies, they will force the sponsors to keep him away from their games. But that’ll only happen if they’re as tough off the field as on the field. Imagine taking away they’re right to firearms. Some basket case ‘groupie’ or even some ‘sore loser’ who lost ‘his’ life savings on a game will be very happy costas opened his mouth making their target easy prey.  

  • europia9

     how we forget same thing happend with Chris Benoit
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Benoit_double_murder_and_suicide

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001884497827 Norbert Stager

    The left’s (socialist) goals are to eliminate the right of the citizens to protect themselves and prevent these same citizens from overthrowing the government when they finish taking power. After guns and free speech are eliminated  they will eliminate private ownership of land. Don’t believe me? Anybody watch how many times they used the race card when somone disagreed with them during the election. They try to destroy anyone that disagrees with them. Why do you think the left wants to push our economy off the cliff? They want to replace it with socialism by grabbing the one thing we have left our private ownership of land.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63M2KSGFVZEDMJQMO2BB7EX47M Gert B Frobe

    Criminals are not stupid across the board.  Some use guns to get wealth and some use “creative accounting” to swindle those out of money.  The point is that you can never keep a criminal from attaining weapons of any kind and you can never just shrink the size of the clip to avoid killing mass people.  Why is it you never hear of a police station shooting or an NRA gathering invoked with a shooting?  That’s because those that hate the NRA and police would never think of going on a shooting rampage in those areas as they would die fairly quickly.  Deterrment is obvious and proves that criminals aren’t stupid but they use poor judgement  Our human nature is to try to control things but that isn’t possible and liberals are too stupid to see that.

  • Anonymous

    duplicitowse

    You absolutely know nothing about history. You sound so ridiculous. Prove to us that there would be fewer people killed if guns were banned/controlled. Where gun control is the strongest is where crime is the highest. Less gun laws means less crime. This is a proven fact. You have openly refused it. When was the last time a criminal obeyed the law?

    You say that Hitler and Sung were different because they had guns. NEWS FLASH!! The federal government also owns guns. Hitler and Sung are using the exact same argument as you. Why would you want to be associated with these people?

    It all comes down to is…, you are a communist. I am willing to bet you don’t even know what communism is. Your ideology coincides with communism by what I have seen so far. Go study what the communists and fascist did with their people. They took the same steps what the federal government is taking now. You wouldn’t know this because you never studied history. You are a mindless drone. You only pass on what ever was told to you.

    I guess it is true. You are a prime example. Stupid can’t be fixed.

     

  • Anonymous

    Our founding fathers fought for their freedom with guns.  They were also aware that the government they set up could one day become oppressive.  ”One tyrant in England or a thousand tyrants over here” was a well understood concept in battle for independence.  So Mr. Costas and other anti-gun advocates are missing the greater purpose of the 2nd Amendment. And if they are not, then they are supportive of an oppressive government in our future.  Either way, they are ignorant.  By the way, this is why assault rifles are important to remain legal.  I really wish the NRA would push the line that gun rights are about keeping our government in fear of the people instead of the people in fear of the government. 

  • Anonymous

    Again, it’s the culture of society today. Blame something or someone for whatever you do – never place responsibility on the person doing the act. Glenn’s right; if this guy shot his girlfriend out of passion (maybe she was breaking up with him),then  he shot himself because he didn’t want to face going to jail. If there were no guns, he would have stabbed her (the passion would still have been there – it wouldn’t have changed because he didn’t have a gun in his hand), and then he would have taken pills to take himself out. So maybe we had better stop the pharmaceutical companies from making narcotics? Shall we stop the companies who make knives? It’s insane!  Liberals do not possess a shred of common sense. Why weren’t they screaming about guns all the years that CROOKS have shot people with them? Oh no, because that might be “picking on the poor or working class, or possibly racist if they were a minority!” Grow a brain you idiots and put the blame where it lies – on the person committing the act! As if this guy was sane enough in the moment he made the decision to kill the girlfriend to say, “oh thank goodness I have a gun otherwise I might not be doing this!” The left are so ludicrous – they don’t even see it themselves any more. So sad what we are becoming…..

  • http://twitter.com/InohuhFreeman M-Theory

    Shut up Bob.  Go get another face lift.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jolleycowgirl Tonya Fortin Jolley

    Great!  Just when I think that I have got the song out of my head, someone says something that crams it right back into my brain. This whole thing now has me singing “Dumb ways to die”  I have nothing more to say because the whole gun control thing is utterly stupid. Bob Costas is just jealous because he never was allowed to be a real man and learn how to use a gun.  People are bad, not guns.  But I don’t have time to comment, I have a gun to clean and a dishwasher to load….with the knives and forks pointing up.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah and as far as the border goes, not only are we talking about the gaping hole(s) allowing for infiltration of illegal-aliens and drugs – but the money from said drugs sold to American users/addicts, fuels the cartels and furthermore, the CIA has known for years now, that Hezbollah operatives strewn throughout the United States pose a grave danger. These agents operate in plain sight and are funded by a 12% kickback in return for their support for the cartels.

    Now, with increasing tensions in the Middle East, due from a growing Iranian influence, these possibly deadly Hezbollah terror-cells are simply waiting for the green-light from the crazed Mullahs back home, if America gets in the way of expanding their power base….so far at least….America has played a vital role in opening many doors for Iran, virtually helping the situation grow out-of-control. From toppling Iraqi leadership, then soon afterward, withdrawing our troops. To knocking out Egyptian and Libyan government and allowing for radical elements in their place, what else could they ask for. Today these Iranian (Hezbollah) sleeper-cells, collect large amounts of funds via the drug deal and have been found soliciting and are raising cash from fund-raising ventures here in the States. (only in America?)

    If Obama were to side with Israel in the near future against Iran, that action may cause the unleashing the hounds and by using the example of the incompetence of this administration,with the last two hurricanes alone (Katrina and Sandy) – the resulting chaos would be more than sufficient to knock us to our knees.

    It looks like the idea of giving up our weapons anytime soon, would be naive thinking at best, probably suicidal.

  • Anonymous

    Our human nature is to try to control things, and that’s why we all want guns.

  • landofaahs

    The only reason I carry a .45 is because they don’t make a .46.

  • landofaahs

    Costass is a cowering turd afraid on his own shadow.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63M2KSGFVZEDMJQMO2BB7EX47M Gert B Frobe

    Human nature is ignored as thought and reason go further when you understand the flaws you battle everyday.  I want a gun to protect and deter those who want to control me.  Not everyone uses reason and thought or this discussion would be moot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Young/100000391441118 Jason Young

    Liberals won’t be content until they control EVERY aspect of our daily lives.  It is the underlying theme of liberal thought that we are ALL far too stupid to make any decision concerning how to live, therefore we should all just acquiesce to the so-called “superiority of the progressive liberal mind.”  This isn’t really about guns, but mainly about who has them.  It’s about who is in control.  Take away our guns, and we are all far easier to manage.  Just think back to Hitler or Stalin and ask yourself one thing….if the majority of all those citizens owned adequate and useful firearms, how could they have been controlled so easily?  Look at the average Israeli citizen, who now has the right to arm themselves.  They do this all from experience garnered from NOT being armed when the goon squads came for them in both Russia and Germany, and now change that situation by just putting a few guns in their hands in 1937, and they may well have had a far better outcome than they did…well, at least for the Jews that got gassed.  Gun control isn’t about controlling the guns, it’s about controlling YOU!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Young/100000391441118 Jason Young

    This is in response to ANYONE that thinks that more stringent gun laws would prevent such events from happening or would reduce gun-involved crime….what makes you think that crazy folks or criminals bent on committing a crime are concerned in any way about breaking a law?  A crazy person will use anything to kill you if that is where their mind is, and a knife (baseball bat, nine iron, helmet, ball point pen, knitting needle,  etc, etc, …)  is just as deadly as a gun in the hands of an unstable athlete or a wild-eyed milk-toast liberal news reporter.  Criminals will find guns when we can’t, and they probably will attain them from the stockpiles of confiiscated weapons that our goobbermint will have after they TAKE our only means of protecting ourselves from those very criminals, all allotted to them by the criminals we elect!  It isn’t about controlling guns, really, it’s about controlling US!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fdavidson8 Forest Davidson

    I could not believe what I was hearing when I was watching
    football Sunday night. The fact that anyone would want to use the tragedy in
    Kansas City as an opportunity to promote gun control that soon after the incident
    is mind blowing. Jason Whitlock, Bob Costas and NBC’s attempt to turn a tragedy
    into some sort of gun control argument bring upon the highest level of
    disrespect for the loved ones and others suffering that I have ever seen from
    the LIBERAL news media. My prayers are with Javon Belcher, his girlfriend and
    their families, but guns do not kill people! To make that statement is
    disrespectful to those people suffering from the incident in KC, not to mention
    idiotic. The acts of domestic violence would have happened one way or another,
    gun involved or not. Without a gun it is safer to say that Ms. Perkins would
    have been beaten to death by an NFL Linebacker and Mr. Belcher would have hung
    himself than to say that both would still be alive. But none the less Bob
    Costas has made his statement, along with NBC, and I expect that these comments
    that were made (in the middle of a football game) should be punished to equal
    or greater extent by the NFL than that of Hank Williams Jr. Remember how Hank
    used to sing the Monday night football opening song, but because he expressed
    some of his political views (NOT in the middle of a football game) he was fired
    and is no longer seen before the Monday Night show. I see no reason that the
    NFL should not fire Bob Costas from ever commentating in another football game;
    along with NBC ever being allowed to air another NFL football game. I’m tired
    of Liberals getting a free pass to say whatever they want in society and every
    time a conservative opens his mouth there is punishment accessed. I feel sorry
    for the loved ones who are suffering from this tragedy and my prayers reside
    with them but I hope some light gets shed on this point of view.

  • americanathlete

    What the hell does this tragedy have to do with me and every other American who is responsible enough to own a gun? I’m so sick ‘n tired of idiots like Costas try and destroy our rights. Has he ever even shot a gun…I mean seriously! I grew up hunting and have done it my whole life. I’ve never shot anybody. Get it right IDIOTS!!!

  • Anonymous

    This fool (Costas) is just one more parrot on the left. The bigger problem is
    the head of the snake (obama and his czars), who would, in a heartbeat, cut the
    2nd amendment from that document we all “knew and loved”. The constitution of
    these United States has been slowly chopped up since the 1940′s and before, in
    1913 with Wilson and his answer to ever growing Gubment, the taxman. Obama is
    just the latest in a long list of progressive “do gooder’s” (mostly just
    busybodies) stripping our freedoms in the name of freedom. A nightmare we WILL
    wake up from, bloodied and bruised, but we WILL wake up. Let’s just hope it’s
    soon.

  • Anonymous

    Botox-filled Obama-loving piece of s h it.

  • Anonymous

    Another Second Amendment-hating POS who probably hires bodyguards who do muse guns to protect his sorry ass.

  • Sandie

    I established nothing with that statement. That is your perception/comprehension problem. As for rational argument, when you presented the statement “Yeah Sandie, I think you’re onto something. Individuals should be able to own nuclear weapons, that should be enough of a deterrent, don’t you think?” did you really expect that to be taken as a ‘rational argument’? because it certainly wasn’t. I saw a stupid comment and called it as such. What did you expect when you broke into a thread with a snide comment of a very different tone than the thread? Heck, you didn’t even tag this comment you just made onto the comment to which it is reacting.

  • Anonymous

    You know Costas would not have offered this diatribe without approval from his bosses and producers. Television announcing is scripted, folks.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW6ALM3N2YFTOT6TN3GZGAHQG4 Frank Balcer

     Rosie O’donnell does the same hypocritical thing.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW6ALM3N2YFTOT6TN3GZGAHQG4 Frank Balcer

    anything can be used as a weapon if used right. WD40 ( or anything in a spray can) can be used a substitute for mace or pepper spray.

  • Anonymous

    “DIXIEGENT”  [ALABAMA-ROLL TIDE ROLL]
     mailto:dixie1gent@hotmail.com
    As a 60+ yr old Southern white male, we Southerners have a totally different view of the SECOND AMENDMENT than most of the country.

    First off, let me clue you left-wingers on a couple of points…NO GUN HAS EVER KILLED ANYONE without someone first pressing the trigger…stated differently, a gun is merely a tool and it will certainly kill if it’s mishandled, but it takes a minimum of trigger-pressure before it will fire.

    Now here’s the real issue about gun violence…most of the gun crimes are comitted by criminals, druggies, thrill-killers or just plain psychopathic/sociopathic nutcases who have no business owning or possessing a firearm in the first place.

    Any law that restricts lawful gunowners ONLY RESTRICTS “LAWFUL-LEGAL” gunowners because criminals will never obey any gunlaws despite the numbers of gunlaws passed…so
    ask yourself this…are more gunlaws the answer to stopping gun violence in this nation? Hardly.

    Those of you who think the military and law-enforcement should be the only folks to be armed in Amerika, think again…cops can’t be everywhere at once, so if you find yourself (along with a loved one) facing an armed intruder, home invader or psycho…whatcha gonna do? Call ghostbusters??

    You better buy a gun, learn gun safety and keep your weapon handy at all times…why? There’s two great pearls of wisdom here in LA (Lower Alabama), one is “it’s better
    to HAVE a gun and not NEED it, THAN to need a gun and not HAVE IT!”…the 2nd is “it’s better to be judged by TWELVE than to be carried by SIX”…it might take a moment or two for this one to sink in.
    I’m eternally thankful to have been raised in the South where we still enjoy a measure of independence from the powers that be…and where the vast majority of gunowners still enjoy freedom of religion…and where the average homeowner has 6.237 firearms in the home!

    Finally, the SECOND AMENDMENT is about just ONE thing…FREEDOM “LIBERTY” from a tyrannical government run amuck (such as the one that’s been created since 1872). In my humble opinion, once we lose our gun rights…none of the other rights will make much difference, because by that time we’ll all be slaves anyway.

    THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: Since the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE guarantees the citizens of the United States the right to “alter OR abolish” that government which becomes destructive of the rights/needs…should the present gov’t be ALTERED OR ABOLISHED??
    IF NOT, then should we be allowed to SECEDE from an out-of-control federal government?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/72DIPKGTOIMLQSW7BO36A3T7SI Steve

    This is it America. Don’t you see where this is leading??

    After the election, right on cue, starts the great US gun debate. This is the start of Obama’s grand plan to disarm the citizens. They have to disarm you if the UN or whatever is to literally take over your government.

    right on cue…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7SDK4TH2HBAMQD4MOS32CO4OI Common Sensei

    Bob, Bob, Bob?!? Stick to what you know. The very same could easily be said for…oh wait. Let me do it in YOUR words…
    SPORTS ”do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.” How many
    people have been killed in the name of SPORTS??? And not by the use of an evil handgun?
    Maybe if his girlfriend had a handgun on her when Belcher went nuts, then mayve she would still be alive and her abusive boyfriend would be the only one killed. But Heaven forbid that
    women protect themselves from abusive boyfriends, husbands, rapists, home intruders, etc.
    Unless Bob the Wise would rather they all have shotguns, semi-automatic rifles, etc., INSTEAD of an evil hand gun.
    I’ve always thought that it was SPORTS that was the true “opiate of the masses” and NOT religion. Bob Costas has just proven me right AGAIN on that!

  • security supervisor

    how many times were you dropped on your head!!! were you
    born stupid, or do you practice at it each day!!! 
    i am a cop have been for over twenty years!!! i know the facts
    i deal with the nuts every day!!! guns are not the problem period.
    more people are killed with base ball bats,and kitchen knives!!!
    there were over 500 people killed with hammers last year!!! 
    175 were killed with hockey sticks!!! 85 were killed with pens!!!
    750 by strangulation!!! 1500 were beaten to death!!! two by fours
    were used over 250 times!!! poison numerous times!!! cars were
    used as a weapon over 2500 times!!! 3500 by arson!!! the different kinds of weapons that are used is endless!!! but you
    never hear about them, and if they do mention the story they
    drop it fast!!! and other countries do have more crime but
    they do not broadcast it like the united states does!!! 
    OVER TWO MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR PROTECT THEM
    SELVES OR SOMEONE ELSE  AND OR STOP A CRIME WITH A FIREARM!!! THAT’S A FACT!!! 
    SO WHEN THOSE SCUM ARE KICKING IN YOUR DOOR, OR
    GETTING READY TO BEAT YOU TO DEATH ON THE STREETS YOU BETTER HOPE SOME GOOD CITIZEN WITH
    A GUN HEARS YOUR SCREAMS!!! BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE!!!