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The Costas Anti-Gun Lecture Series
Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2012 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 12/05/2012 7:22:28 AM PST by Kaslin

We know the news flash: On Saturday morning, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and shot himself in the head in the parking lot in front of his coaches. To liberals like NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, this was not just a crisis. It was also an opportunity.

During the halftime of the Dec. 2 Sunday night game between Dallas and Philadelphia, Costas unfurled a wholly unexpected and condescending lecture about how gun owners who harm America with their "gun culture" never learn.

He began by saying he didn't want to hear "mindless" cliches about how this crime puts sports in perspective. Then Costas turned to Kansas City-based sports columnist Jason Whitlock, quoting how he found that our "gun culture" inevitably leads to senseless and violent confrontations. It is apparently alien to these pundits that a gun can save a life or defend a home. They only serve evil ends.

"Handguns do not enhance our safety," Costas quoted from Whitlock. "They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher's actions, and their possible connection to football, will be analyzed ... If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and (girlfriend) Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

Right off the bat, a couple of observations:

1. Does the name O.J. Simpson ring a bell?

2. Had Nicole Simpson been carrying a gun, might she be alive today? Ditto Kasandra Perkins.

Two more observations:

3. Why do so many in the entertainment world believe they are qualified as polemicists?

4. Why can't we just watch football?

Really, who asked Bob Costas to offer his very one-sided "perspective"? When liberals get arrogant like this, they assume they speak for all humanity. It is not surprising that there was an uproar in response. People are fed up with liberal pontificating.

Costas on Tuesday replied it was a "mistake" to mention gun control on air Sunday because his choice of words "left it open for too much miscommunication." That alone was bad enough, because there was no miscommunication. What followed was a doubling down on arrogance.

He quickly snapped back at critics. "Sometimes the quality of those who oppose you speaks for itself," Costas said. "I was told -- I didn't see it -- that someone compared (the halftime segment) to blatantly racist comments."

Whoa. Rewind. Is this man a journalist? Who compared this lecture to racism?

Costas tried to insist he wasn't calling for a gun ban. "Here's where I stand: I do not want to see the Second Amendment repealed ... People should be allowed to own guns for their own protection. Obviously, those who are hunters."

But "access to guns is too easy in some cases. I don't see any reason a citizen should be able to arm himself in some states in ways only police or military should -- to have a virtual militia (bought by) mail order or gun shows."

This has zero relevance to the Belcher case. He was using a legally-owned handgun.

Unsurprisingly, some of MSNBC's liberal stars, past and present, found this political posturing very satisfying. Lawrence O'Donnell announced that he loved the Costas tirade and the Whitlock article, declaring it was the first football article he'd read in 2012. Former MSNBC (and every other network) star Keith Olbermann tweeted that conservative outrage was phony: "Amazing that all those ripping my friend Bob Costas about (the) Second Amendment would, had he taken opposing view, be defending him using the First."

That concept collapses upon itself. If Costas were prone to pompous right-wing halftime commentaries, he wouldn't last five minutes at NBC Sports or NBC Anything Else. Just a few years ago, NBC was airing Olbermann himself as a pre-game and halftime analyst. There is never room for conservative opinion on these shows.

Intoxicated by the attention, Whitlock tried to out-crazy Costas. In an interview on Monday, he insisted, "The NRA is the new KKK," claiming the NRA's work is gun-running and drug-running for black children. The "arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don't have our best interests" at heart, he spewed.

Some liberals are just insufferable bores. Can't they please let us watch football, and not their self-implosion?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: banglist; footballsunday; liberalbias; nbc; secondamendment

1 posted on 12/05/2012 7:22:44 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
"Here's where I stand: I do not want to see the Second Amendment repealed ... People should be allowed to own guns for their own protection. Obviously, those who are hunters."

But "access to guns is too easy in some cases. I don't see any reason a citizen should be able to arm himself in some states in ways only police or military should -- to have a virtual militia (bought by) mail order or gun shows."

In the immortal words of Inigo Montoya, "The 2nd Amendment...I do not think it means what you think it means..."

2 posted on 12/05/2012 7:37:28 AM PST by TADSLOS (No need to watch the movie "Idiocracy". We're living it.)
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To: Kaslin

Example after example is convincing me that you are born Liberal, or not. It’s just in the DNA. I can think back on friends I’ve known since pre-school and give examples of how they were always Liberal or not in their mind-set.

One thing to look for if you’re curious if you were a born Liberal (or not) is:

Are you able to perform your non-political job without making public statements that specifically call for removing or limiting the Constitutional rights of your neighbors based solely on your anecdotal experiences and knowledge?

If you cannot restrain yourself, then you may have a liberal bent.


Bonus question:

Do you think that there is only a certain or specific amount of money and that if your neighbor makes a bunch of cash then that means there is less cash for you?

Yeah, then you’re a lib.


3 posted on 12/05/2012 7:38:09 AM PST by Noamie
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To: Kaslin
Some liberals are just insufferable bores. Can't they please let us watch football, and not their self-implosion?

No. Little Bobby knows what's best for us. Listen to Little Bobby. Watch Little Bobby. Pay Little Bobby.

4 posted on 12/05/2012 7:40:29 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Kaslin

Would someone please show Costas the entire criminal history of Jovan?

He apparently has been unable to control his temper for many years. He has a rap sheet with such temper incidents from back in his teen years.

Meanwhile—will Costas be at my residence when I need some assistance from the feral children of our society...? Some of those feral children are now over 50 and they still are feral.

I love the ideal conditions that Liberals live in- they carry a perpetual cocoon around them.


5 posted on 12/05/2012 7:54:58 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Kaslin

“Sometimes the quality of people who oppose you speaks for itself”, says Costas.

Geeee—Seems to me that works both ways, Costas.

Get yourself a clearer mirror.


6 posted on 12/05/2012 7:57:37 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Kaslin

If belcher hadn’t had a gun, he would have stabbed, strangled or beat this woman to death.

no matter, I’m sure by the time it’s over Costas will get an emmy, a pulitzer and a nobel peace prize for his stupid unsupportable rant.


7 posted on 12/05/2012 8:18:19 AM PST by Cubs Fan (If the republican party wants to be the democrat lite party then they don't need my vote)
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To: Kaslin

If belcher hadn’t had a gun, he would have stabbed, strangled or beat this woman to death.

no matter, I’m sure by the time it’s over Costas will get an emmy, a pulitzer and a nobel peace prize for his stupid unsupportable rant.


8 posted on 12/05/2012 8:18:19 AM PST by Cubs Fan (If the republican party wants to be the democrat lite party then they don't need my vote)
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To: Kaslin
Costas Lecture Series?

Pardon me while i put the kettle on and lay in some extra ammo ...

9 posted on 12/05/2012 8:18:56 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Cubs Fan

Costas will get a show on MSNBC.


10 posted on 12/05/2012 8:21:57 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Noamie
to have a virtual militia (bought by) mail order or gun shows

Newsflash for Bob Costas....the militia is NOT the National Guard. The National Guard would a standing army.

11 posted on 12/05/2012 8:28:10 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Kaslin

Who is Keith Olbermann?


12 posted on 12/05/2012 8:40:01 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Kaslin

I want this fool gone, NOW! No reason for me to EVER watch NBC Football again until that happens.


13 posted on 12/05/2012 8:40:28 AM PST by The Toll
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To: Noamie
I love your new game!!
“You might have been born a liberal if. . .”.
Maybe that should be a thread of its own?
I'm not doing it because it is your baby but man I wished I had thought of it!
I fully support that semi-vanity post idea and will back you up a 100% should you post one.
And let me know too in case I miss it..
In the time being I will try to think f my own questions.
14 posted on 12/05/2012 8:44:56 AM PST by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Noamie

Liberalism TRULY is a mental (ie genetic) disorder.

That they themselves realize this is a fact is shown by their hard work trying to “prove” (a la Globull Warming) that the opposite in fact is the “real” truth.

There have been a spate of “research” results lately claiming to prove that the Conservative brain is somehow challenged when compared to the Liberal mind, when in fact just the opposite is true.

Typical Alinsky/Marx/Nazi truth management techniques.


15 posted on 12/05/2012 9:01:53 AM PST by CanuckYank
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To: Kaslin
Interesting that Costas and Olbermann can voice their opinions on Sunday Night Football but Limbaugh and Hank Williams Jr are fired for voicing their opinions on Monday Night Football.
Different policies on different networks? Or different political views?
16 posted on 12/05/2012 9:03:55 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: TADSLOS
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Brilliant Costas!!!
17 posted on 12/05/2012 9:05:32 AM PST by BillM (.)
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To: Kaslin
Hey! Douche Bag Costas!...Keep your mind on the X's and O's...If I HAD wanted an editorial on guns at halftime I sure as hell don't want it from you! Go pound sand, Dumbass!
18 posted on 12/05/2012 9:05:36 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Kaslin
Intoxicated by the attention, Whitlock tried to out-crazy Costas. In an interview on Monday, he insisted, "The NRA is the new KKK,"

I HEREBY COIN

LAZ'S LAW: As any argument with a liberal grows longer, the probability of being called a racist approaches 1.

19 posted on 12/05/2012 9:13:32 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz
That's racist!


20 posted on 12/05/2012 9:25:27 AM PST by WVKayaker ("Hang in there, America. Fight for what is right." - Sarah Palin 11/7/12)
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To: Kaslin
The "arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don't have our best interests" at heart, he spewed...

Ah, the old "CIA invented crack/invented AIDS in a laboratory, to kill black chillun" canard again.

Hearing that one again tells me instantly that Whitlock is an aggrieved NABJ member who can't wait for Barky to HE'P the PEOPLE by stepping on all those evil crackas.

21 posted on 12/05/2012 9:33:57 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Noamie; Kaslin
There is never room for conservative opinion on these shows.

Rush Limbo comes to mind, hmmm!

22 posted on 12/05/2012 10:11:03 AM PST by danamco (-)
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To: Kaslin
"Sometimes the quality of those who oppose you speaks for itself," Costas said.

It does. We're much smarter than you, Costas.

23 posted on 12/05/2012 10:13:58 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: TADSLOS

Maybe Belcher and his ilk were black mysoginist racists? No, can’t talk about that cover up, this is why this idiot is allowed to spew this stuff, because the powers that be have decided it was not their fault.


24 posted on 12/05/2012 10:39:59 AM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: ridesthemiles
He apparently has been unable to control his temper for many years. He has a rap sheet with such temper incidents from back in his teen years.

Out of curiosity, where did you see this? I'm not saying that you're wrong, I would legitimately like to find this info, because I tried doing a little research but most of the media seems to not be talking much about his life and background, and that alone makes me kind of suspicious.

25 posted on 12/05/2012 11:32:27 AM PST by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: Kaslin

I am not enamored with football, as I used to be in my foolish youth. The fact is that it is just a business, and that many of its (over-paid and over-hyped) workers are the antithesis of what I’d like my kids to be like when they grow up. Nonetheless, I still like to watch a good game (or at least one that is supposed to be good).

Too bad for NBC that I will henceforth not watch any football games (or ANYTHING, for that matter) on its network. No, they couldn’t control what he said at the time, but such a massive insult to the intelligence, dignity and liberties of the American public should have resulted in immediate dismissal for cause.

FUNBC!


26 posted on 12/05/2012 11:38:07 AM PST by Ancesthntr (FReeper (and under NSA surveillance) since 2000.)
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