Bob Costas Shoots His Mouth Off,,, Again

By Chris W. Cox

Bob Costas Shoots His Mouth Off,,, Again
Bob Costas Shoots His Mouth Off,,, Again
NRA-ILA's Chris W. Cox
NRA-ILA's Chris W. Cox

FAIRFAX, Va. –-( It’s always awkward when sportscasters stray from their field of expertise and pontificate on political and social issues.

Bob Costas, building on his previous efforts in this regard, recently took this awkwardness to a whole new level.

Costas recently challenged Second Amendment supporters, saying:

“Let’s make a bet, you and me. Let’s say over the next five years – we’ll do a Google search, we’ll have an independent party monitor it – you keep track of how many good and constructive things are associated with athletes having a gun, and I’ll keep track of all the tragedies and criminality and folly. And let’s see who comes out ahead or behind as the case may be. These things are directly connected.”

If we are to take his words at face value, Costas believes that athletes are naturally predisposed to “tragedies, criminality and folly”. That athletes as a group, including former NFL star Dave Butz and former NBA star Karl Malone – both members of the NRA’s Board of Directors – aren’t smart enough or responsible enough to be trusted with their fundamental Second Amendment rights.

As one in the business of broadcasting, he should know that the vast majority of “good and constructive things” associated with athletes, or anyone who owns a firearm, don’t make the news.

When a football player and his family enjoy a day at their local shooting range, it doesn’t make the local six o’clock broadcast. When a baseball player takes his daughter deer hunting, you won’t see Brian Williams talking about it on NBC Nightly News.

Nor will you see Diane Sawyer featuring a story about a basketball player, golfer, or hockey star who used a firearm to defend themselves and their loved ones against a violent criminal attack.

Let’s be clear. The reason you don’t see those stories reported isn’t because they don’t exist. In fact, they occur thousands upon thousands of times every year – far more often than the tragedies and criminality and folly of which Costas speaks. You don’t see them reported because they don’t drive up ratings.

So, Bob, I’ll accept your bet – provided that we compare real statistics, not misleading news reports. And when you lose, you have to turn down armed security at your events for an entire year. As you say, these things are directly connected.

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  • 6 thoughts on “Bob Costas Shoots His Mouth Off,,, Again

    1. Seems like Costas is trying to fill Piers Morgan’s shoes. If that’s the case, maybe he should move to England and change his citizenship? I’m convinced the Brits still want the “Colonies” back.

    2. Isn’t there some way to get rid of Bob Costas like we get rid of pests in the South? – A spray or something of that nature?

    3. Bob costas need to keep his big mouth out of thing he knows nothing about. One of these days he is either going to say something or do something that is going to land him in a world of very hot water. He has 24 hour security service so if he thinks guns are so bad and evil then he needs to fire his security staff because one them might cause an injury., just by looking at the weapon. Bob is just a little boy man that is afraid of his own shadow.

    4. It would seem that the NRA’s Chris Cox is asking NBC’s Bob Costas to put his money where his mouth is and the bet is leading by example. You know that’s not going to happen any more than you would expect anti-gun Governor Cuomo, Senator Schumer, Senator Diane Feinstein, etc. to go about their duties without armed body guards otherwise known as “the chauffeur,” Federal Protective Service, etc. It seems unfair to ask those elected to abide by the wishes and same laws of their constituents. Leading by example seems to fit into that unfair request. It’s kinda like asking the President and Congress to suffer the same indignities and expenses of Obamacare as the rest of the population instead of having their own special benefits. Isn’t that unfair? You can bet your butt it will never be changed in our lifetime.

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