Costas comments epitomize acceptable social bigotry against guns

by DAVE WORKMAN, Examiner.com  |  published on December 4, 2012

Sunday evening’s halftime anti-gun rant by announcer Bob Costas has ignited a fury among viewers and gun rights advocates in the wake of Saturday’s bizarre murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher.

They’re talking about it at length on the Northwest Firearms and Gun Rights Media forums, and no doubt the discussion will spread to other gun rights forums. His remarks are already going viral on YouTube.

Belcher killed girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their 3-month-old daughter, then drove to the Chiefs’ facility, talked to the coach briefly and then took his own life. And who gets the blame? Essentially, the Second Amendment is being blamed; the right of the people to keep and bear arms, affirmed by the 2008 Heller and 2010 McDonald rulings by the Supreme Court.

Why didn’t NBC immediately pull Costas off the air? The short answer is because social bigotry against firearms and the people who own them is still acceptable in this country by the media elite. Sports columnist Jason Whitlock kicked it off with a diatribe denouncing handguns, asserting, “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.”

Costas caught that ball and many believe he ran off at the mouth with it. All he really did was quote Whitlock, but the question is whether Whitlock’s remarks deserved exposure during the halftime program on national television.

It’s not just Whitlock and Costas. Look at perennial anti-gun Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), a gun hater extraordinaire, who is currently laboring to prevent some disabled military veterans who, by the way, suffered their disabilities while defending the Constitution that includes the Second Amendment. Schumer is blocking an amendment to a bill that would prevent the Veterans Affairs Department from submitting names of vets they consider unable to handle their personal finances into the NICS system, barring them from buying firearms.

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