Skip to comments.Bob Costas is Wrong: Gun Ownership Deters Crime
Posted on 12/06/2012 6:07:23 AM PST by marktwain
Sports broadcaster Bob Costas used his platform at NBCs Sunday Night Football to blame guns for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belchers murder of his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and Belchers subsequent suicide. Costas quoted extensively from a column written by Fox News sportswriter Jason Whitlock, in which Whitlock concludes, without equivocation:
What I believe is, if he [Belcher] didnt possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.
Never mind the fact that their relationship was so troubled that the KC Chiefs team management was providing counseling to them. And never mind the fact that Belcher had a history of violence against women dating back to his college years at the University of Maine, where police were summoned three times due to his behavior. And never mind the fact that, while he earned a degree there, ironically enough, in child development and family relationships, he also joined a group called Male Athletes Against Violence (MAAV). USA Today reports:
As part of MAAV, Belcher would have signed a pledge card, vowing never to commit violence against women and to stand up against those who did. The pledge, among other things, required him to look honestly at my actions in regards to violence and make changes, if necessary.
And also never mind the fact that Belcher had been drinking heavily the night before the shooting and spent part of that night with another woman.
What these accounts make plain is that Belchers personal history was troubled and complicated. He was kind and gentle, by the many accounts linked above, but he also had a violent side that emerged from time to time.
But no, lets ignore all that and instead just blame guns.
Economist and author John Lott, Jr., was a guest on Mark Levins radio show Monday night, discussing his book, More Guns, Less Crime. Lotts research and analysis on crime rates in states with and without stringent gun controls is epic. It demonstrates indisputably that crime decreases as gun possession or the legal rights to it increase. Heartland is a friend of Lott and interviewed him two years ago for this video.
In 1983, Chicago enacted an ordinance banning gun possession in the city. The constitutionality of this ordinance was challenged in court. In 2008, the Supreme Court invalidated that ordinance.
Heartland submitted an amicus brief in that case. We were motivated by the fact that for many years prior to the litigation, it was widely trumpeted that gun murder rates in Chicago declined after Chicago banned gun possession. But this is true if only raw numbers are considered. What matters is the number of such crimes as a percentage of the citys population. Analyzed with U.S. Census data and handgun murder data from the Chicago Police Department, Heartland submitted research in its amicus brief showing that:
the percentage of murders committed with handguns has skyrocketed since 1982 and handgun murder rates per 100,000 population more than doubled in the 1990s over 1982 levels. In 2008, these rates were up more than 60% over 1983.
This research was important, because no one before had ever done it. The Supreme Court quoted and cited Heartlands research in its opinion invalidating the Chicago ordinance: Chicago Police Department statistics, we are told, reveal that the Citys handgun murder rate has actually increased since the ban was enacted.
Lets put into perspective the reason why gun possession deters crime.
Many years ago, I rented a cottage on a lake in Wisconsin as a getaway from Chicago. The cottage was about 10 miles from the nearest town and five miles away from the nearest highway and didnt really have an address.
My lease began on November 1. I arrived that day to spend a week relaxing, I thought. I began unloading the trunk of my car on the road above the cottage. The area was entirely deserted because my neighbors were summer people. But a lone tall and strong man approached me, walking down the road. So youre the lady lawyer from Chicago, he said. Up here all alone, are you? He kept repeating the last part: Up here all alone, are you? Up here all alone, are you?
I was, of course, totally freaking out. As it turned out, he had dementia and was harmless. But at that moment, I didnt know that. Then, two things dawned on me. First, if I called 911 because someone was breaking into my house, the police would never be able to find me in time. Second, I was indeed alone and I needed a gun, just in case.
And so I got one. So should we all.
Tagged as: Bob Costas, Chiefs, crime, gun control, guns, Heartland Institute, Jason Whitlock, John Lott, Jovan Belcher, Kasandra Perkins, Mark Levin, McDonald vs. Chicago, second amendment, Supreme Court
Appleseed shoots are free or nearly so for women.
I think that’s just plain cool of them to do.
I wonder if Bob would have Cialis and Viagra outlawed?
Without erections, rape would never happen.
Bad guys are always going to get guns, regardless of the law. BTW, Fox reported that the KC player had 8 guns that belonged to him. I wonder how many of those guns were registered?
I guess what Costas was saying was that a guy with obvious mental illness and emotional instability like this guy might not have been the best person to entrust with a deadly weapon.
Yeah, because a 300 lb weightlifting linebacker wouldn’t be dangerous if he didn’t have a gun.
“Without erections, rape would never happen”
You haven’t seen enough latenight Women In Prison movies.
They’re on guns like they’re on the race card.
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...
GIVE IT UP AHOLES!
“a guy with obvious mental illness...”
But he believes guns should be banned outright, yes? That’s the gist of what he said, anyway. If the woman had her own gun it might not have mattered how crazy he was.
Also, if he’s willing to commit murder he might be willing to illegally own a gun.
OK, I get all this but who gets his Bentley?
wow, impeccable logic!
“Women having guns is making a big difference. Take a woman shooting and help restore the Constitution.”
I believe pistols were called the great equalizer in the Wild West.
I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment and have had many discussions with my Canadian husband (who has hunting rifles and shotguns). I always argue that I would like our daughter, now 13, to have the right to have a way to protect herself; let’s say she’s in college and has to study late—I want her to be able to keep herself from being raped when she’s walking home.
He doesn’t really have an answer to that. :)
At least Costas is consistent. I remember when the Sandusky story broke Bob was in the forefront of the anti-shower movement.
I asked that same question to my jockhead co-worker yesterday,,, he wasnt amused.
Ask local LEOs who escort him around different venues to disarm?
Why hell NO!
Typical snot-nosed liberal, do as I say, not as I do.
I watched Costas on OReilly last night, and he was a politician with his answers trying to draw some distinction between gun culture and the right to keep and bear arms. Was all for licensing, registration, required training, and probably, checking your weapon in and out of a federal arms room.
It was a waste of time. He sounded like a gun grabber to me.
The bottom line about watching football: I don’t want someone ruining a game by dumping their political views on me. I wouldn’t be watching football if I felt like slumming around in politics. I just want to watch the football.
Costas should concern himself with third and 5 and shut up about anything else.
Virginia gun sales went up 70%, and gun-related crimes went down 23%. Negative correlation.
Missouri has no gun registration.
As in most states, the second amendment is not infringed in Kansas by requiring registration.
Only a small handful of states require firearms registration.
It sounds like he had several domestic violence incidents. My question........was he protected from prosecution by the sports establishment at the university? If yes, they are also responsible. People with domestic violence convictions can’t own guns. Just wondering.
he needs to change his distinction from “gun culture” to “thug culture”
In my state of Ohio gun registration is required at time of purchase. I was denied purchase when I visited home from the military and did not have a current Ohio picture driver’s license with a current Ohio address. (Ohio did not require an updated driver license for residents on active duty.)
I went back after updating the license and still had to go through their records check. It doesn’t take long, but it’s annoying.
I do think that it is not their prerogative to require me to register to exercise what is a right. Driving on their roads is a privilege. I get that. But, being able to defend myself is a right.
I agree with you about “thug culture”, but so long as they are non-convicted criminal, citizens of the USA, I don’t think there should be power on the part of the US/State government to determine if I’m allowed to exercise what is a right.
I don’t need to register a speech with the government (1st amendment)
I should have to register my weapon (2nd amendment.)
Who the hell is Bob Costas, I never heard of him, and what makes him an expert on gun ownership? The Constitution is clear on the matter.