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Speak Out: Should Bob Costas Discuss Gun Culture After NFL Tragedy?

The nine-time Sportscaster of the Year has caught tremendous flak following his comments during Sunday Night Football.

Bob Costas, the nine-time Sportscaster of the Year, has found himself in a maelstrom following comments on the country's gun culture during Sunday Night Football on NBC.

Costas, discussing the tragic murder-suicide carried out Saturday by Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher, quoted liberally from Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock about the incident.

In it Whitlock, and by extension Costas, decried the nation's gun culture as being responsible for too many deaths among young people and domestic partners.

Read Whitlock's column HERE.

There was immediate and explosive reaction on Twitter and on the Internet, including this from S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg): "These remarks that Bob Costas made are deplorable and without merit."

What do you think? Should Costas be discussing gun culture or gun rights on national television? Are guns to blame for tragedies like this one over the weekend?

stanley seigler December 10, 2012 at 02:12 PM
re: Turn up the heat on Costas! I did, but email is too long for this venue... would be interested in a short version of your email to NSC... the heat should be turned up on the NRA, for using the gun culture to increase profit of the firearms industry... NRA's straw men (eg, 2nd, people kill) divert the debate from their true motive: firearms profit. gun culture wake up. the NRA uses your membership dues to hoodwink you.
stanley seigler December 10, 2012 at 02:18 PM
CORRECTION NBC (sports group) not NSC
Robert Kelly December 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM
OK, I will write to express my support of journalists taking a stand. Guns do, in fact, kill. I don't get the NRA's inability to deal with that, but I am happy to see a respected sports journalist speak up.
JoSCh December 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM
That you posted this shortly after he spoke out against DUI is funny to me.
John H December 11, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Bob Costas can say whatever he wants. It’s a free country. However, the executives at the dictatorship at which he works may have a different opinion. As far as gun control is concerned, I adhere to the philosophies put forward by the immortal, common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny, perennial presidential candidate, Pat Paulsen. “Guns don’t kill people, bullets do." Therefore I advocate letting people own all the guns they want then make the bullets illegal.”

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