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Bob Costas And Jason Whitlock Trash The 2nd Amendment


What was it Thomas Mann said?

“There is nothing that is not political. Everything is politics.”

Most of us would prefer that not to be true. Most of us seek a refuge from politics. Some find it in religion. Others, in gardening. Still others in the theater or at the ballet.

For some of us it’s sports. And football, in particular.

Which is why we find it so offensive and nauseating when our attempts to retreat from politics with non-political pastimes are intruded upon by those who fail to recognize their place.

This weekend, it became clear that neither NBC’s Bob Costas and the Kansas City Star’s Jason Whitlock know their places. Both were too interested in abusing the attention of sports fans to carry a political agenda to recognize they’re not paid to bloviate on such subjects.

The counter-argument, of course, being that Costas and Whitlock were topical. Because on Saturday morning Jovon Belcher, a 25-year old linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, decided to resolve an argument with the 22-year old woman with whom he fathered a child out of wedlock by slaughtering her in front of his mother and their child with a handgun. He shot her several times, and as she lay dying, he drove to the Chiefs’ practice facility, crashed through the gates and ultimately shot himself in the head in front of general manager Scott Paioli and head coach Romeo Crennel after thanking them for the opportunity to play for the club.

Belcher’s actions were bizarre. They are indicative of a failure in character so pronounced as to be unrecognizable by decent people. And of course we’re now being told that he was a “good, good person” who “took genuine pleasure in bringing happiness to others” and so forth.

And perhaps those comments reflected the actual experiences of those who knew Belcher before he journeyed to the dark side.

But decent men don’t murder the mothers of their children. They don’t do it in front of their own mothers. And they certainly don’t force their peers and superiors to serve as eyewitnesses to their suicides.

Belcher’s horrific character meltdown was a tragedy. A senseless tragedy, in fact. This is something we should all recognize. And as a senseless tragedy it was most definitely not a political event.

At least, not until Whitlock and Costas determined to use it as a “teachable moment” to push a leftist assault on the rights of the 300 million-plus Americans who aren’t a danger to our loved ones.

Whitlock was first. In a Kansas City Star column Sunday, he insulted those of his readers who lawfully own firearms by suggesting that because of Belcher’s actions their 2nd Amendment rights should be forfeit…

I would argue that your rationalizations speak to how numb we are in this society to gun violence and murder. We’ve come to accept our insanity. We’d prefer to avoid seriously reflecting upon the absurdity of the prevailing notion that the second amendment somehow enhances our liberty rather than threatens it.

How many young people have to die senselessly? How many lives have to be ruined before we realize the right to bear arms doesn’t protect us from a government equipped with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks and nuclear weapons?

Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.

In the coming days, Belcher’s actions will be analyzed through the lens of concussions and head injuries. Who knows? Maybe brain damage triggered his violent overreaction to a fight with his girlfriend. What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.

That is the message I wish Chiefs players, professional athletes and all of us would focus on Sunday and moving forward. 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.

This wildly irresponsible display of ignorance shows why Whitlock should stick to sports, where he is possessed with a modicum of expertise, and refrain from social commentary. It’s clear he understands nothing of constitutional law and not much more of public policy.

But drivel such as that offered by Whitlock in the morning paper was bound to be parroted in the evening broadcast once NBC’s Bob Costas, perhaps the most flagrantly leftist sportscaster on the air now that Keith Olberman has been put to pasture, latched onto it…

The shameless politicization of the Belcher case is offensive enough for its opportunism and preachy arrogance. That might be bearable if either of these blowhards had the faintest clue what they were talking about. But of course, that isn’t the case.

Do these self-appointed criminology experts think there was no gun violence in the 18th century when the Founders insisted on protecting the individual right to bear arms?

Of course there was. But the greatest political philosophers in the history of the world, the designers of the most successful society in the history of the world, recognized that the right of individual self-defense against both abusive governmental power and that of criminals is more important.

Ben Franklin said it best…

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

And what of the places in this country where that right is restricted?

Washington, DC and Chicago have two of the most restrictive gun control regimes in America. Has the sacrifice of liberty produced any safety there?

It has not. Those are two of the most dangerous cities in the country in which to live. And the murderers there are just as prone to use guns as their weapons of choice – or are more so – as murderers anywhere else.

Interestingly enough, criminals who would use guns to kill their fellow man aren’t all that impressed with what the law says they can have.

But to Costas and Whitlock, the facts are inconvenient and irrelevant. What’s important is that because they want to appear to have serious and meaningful opinions about serious and meaningful issues rather than be satisfied with their roles as sports commentators, our enjoyment of a respite from politics had to be disturbed and we had to be told that the God-given right to self-defense enshrined in the Constitution by far greater men than Whitlock and Costas is no longer operable.

And that if Jovon Belcher hadn’t had a gun neither he nor his girlfriend would be lying on slabs, which is entirely not in evidence. She was shot multiple times – he couldn’t have taken a hammer to her? A nine-iron? A steak knife?

Jovon Belcher and his girlfriend are dead because of his character flaws, not his gun. And certainly not our fundamental right to bear arms.

So the next time Whitlock and Costas feel the need to pretend they have something valuable to say about society, we’d consider it a favor if they could at least lay off our constitutional rights.

Not that we expect any favors.


11 Comments

  1. James Savik says:

    This is what happens when jock-talkers try to address anything more difficult than 3rd down conversions. They say stupid shit.

  2. It cannot agree more: if this guy didn't own a gun he would not have shot his girlfriend and then himself. He could have used a knife as has been witnessed several times lately as nuts have tried carving their un-born babies from the womb. Then he could have jumped off of the top of the stadium and killed himself.
    Therefore, I suggest we institute, immediate CUTLERY AND BASE DIVING CONTROLS. This will stop suicide by Base Jumping and Homicide by Stabbing and Cutting. No knife may be sold without a background check and a three day waiting period. Immediate purchase of butter knives will prohibited for the brutality shown when hammering a person to death with a blunt, bladed object. Additionally, all building must be subterranean and allow for nobody to have a straight wall with an angle of 90 degrees and over six inches high so people may leap to their deaths. We must have government controls with Homeland Security conducting warrantless searches or at least" knock and go" forced entries conducted at meal times so as to increase the chances of catching criminals with illicitly possessed butter and steak knifes. Everybody knows butter knives are gateway objects leading to the abuse of Bread Knives, Carving Sets and the dreaded "Butcher" Knife. (OOOOOOOO, the terror that title strikes in the layman's heart). This is absurd and Bob Costas and the weinie from the newspaper are idiots. They need to work on their presentations in their fields. Constitutional scholars they aren't.

  3. Kevin Poteet says:

    Can someone remind me what caliber weapon OJ used on Nicole and Ron Goldman?

  4. From the same broadcaster and network that intentionally edited out segments of the interview with child predator Sandusky so that the viewers couldn't see and hear just how evil the guy was, right?

    • Deryl Bryant says:

      Yes, "selective outrage" by hypocrits….Let us also not forget that "Cost us" is a product of Michael Gartner, former President of NBC News, forced to resigned for fabricating the crisis of Chev. P.U. sidemount gas tanks….of course, Gartner went to work for USA TODAY the very next day…..Gartner was very public about his campaign to repeal the 2d Amendment and he carefully hired cohorts like Bryant Gumbel, Katie Couric, Costas, Matthews and the rest of the scumbags at NBC.

    • Deryl Bryant says:

      ….which is why I have not watched NBC News for MANY YEARS

  5. William M Edelmann says:

    Memo to NFL franchise owners, television producers & product advertisers -

    Bob Costas is just a Matt Lauer or Chris Matthews wannabe, and already approaching Keith Olberman's ignorance & arrogance. Bob Costas is just another reason why I do not often watch NFL-football and when I do, we don't have volume on, particularly when aired on NBC, CBS, ABC & FOX networks which pretend to be sports programming between their primary roles as political cheerleaders for one side or the other.

    Even in the respite of our living rooms, we are subjected by these clowns like Costas of their political ignorance & arrogance when they invade our homes, our private domains with their weak theories & feeble thoughts, laced by ill conceived & poorly researched messages. Enough of Costas. Enough of politics in our entertainment programming.

    Memo to NFL advertisers – are you listening?

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  7. Hey Bob. Time to hang up the jockstrap and the microphone. In the one case ya ain't got anything left to hold, and in the other, the "mike" is causing ya to say stupid things outside your area of expertise. Ya sorta went off script, like Ovomit without a teleprompter.

  8. Kevin Poteet says:

    Boob Costas? Suck my dark star.

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