Recently, NBC football announcer Bob Costas went on an anti-gun rant following the tragic murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, and his 22-year old girlfriend (one of a number, apparently) who as also the mother of his infant child.
Costas, of course, is no stranger to parroting the far-left meme. His quoting of the Fox Sports reporter Kevin Whitlock, he of the “NRA is the KKK”, tells you much of what you might not already have known about Costas and the intellectual rigor he gives his opinions before opening his mouth.
Belcher was drunk the night before the incident, and was at the house of another woman, before the confrontation with his child’s mother, whom he lived with. Personal responsibility on the part of Belcher? Nosiree. No need for that. None of his doing. Costas’ conclusion? The handgun is the problem. Not just Belcher’s handgun, but mine and yours. We shouldn’t have them. For our own safety, of course. Mayhem, don’tcha know.
Well, now there is another tragedy involving an NFL player, and intoxication, and the untimely death of a young person. Seems Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent got good and loaded, along with college and Cowboys teammate linebacker Jerry Brown. Somewhat predictably, Brent crashed the car. The accident killed Brown, aged 25.
So, Bob Costas. Hand over the keys to your cars. Because if Josh Brent didn’t have a car, Jerry Brown would still be alive. Those damned automobiles, using your logic. pose a danger to us all. Sure enough, compared to the fewer than 600 accidental firearms deaths of all types in 2011, there were more than 32,000 highway deaths. You have no business having such a deadly instrument in your possession. Mayhem, don’tcha know.
Of course you won’t turn over those deadly automobiles. Because, well, you are a hypocritical and sanctimonious intellectual dilettante, like so many in the professional journalism business. The rules should be yours to make, but should only apply to we, the great unwashed. The post I was writing before I decided to post about Bill’s gift contained the following paragraph:
One has to wonder what the effect would be if, the next time a professional athlete in a major sport gets arrested for drunk driving (which will happen any minute now), someone came and confiscated all of Costas’ cars. After all, if Ted Kennedy didn’t own a car, Mary Jo Kopechne would still be alive. Or maybe, the next time Costas or any other broadcaster says something stupid, someone will sew Costas’ lips shut.
One can only hope…