Conservatives are attacking Bob Costas over his “gun culture” comment in the wake of the Jovan Belcher-Kasandra Perkins murder-suicide. While discussing the tragedy, Bob Costas quoted Fox Sports writer Jason Whitlock:
How many young people have to die senselessly? How many lives have to be ruined before we realize the right to bear arms doesn’t protect us from a government equipped with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks and nuclear weapons?
Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.
In the coming days, Belcher’s actions will be analyzed through the lens of concussions and head injuries. Who knows? Maybe brain damage triggered his violent overreaction to a fight with his girlfriend. What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today…
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.
I’m sorry, but don’t we have a problem with lax gun control in this country? How many more teenagers, young children, women and men have to be murdered in this country before something is done? It is true that had Jovan Belcher not owned a gun, he could have never shot Kasandra Perkins. Yes, he could have found another way to kill her, but a gun in the home increases the likelihood of homicide and suicide. In 2011, 30,000 Americans lost their lives to firearms (11,000 in homicides), according to the Centers for Disease Control. Approximately 1,800 women were killed, with 5,000 more sustaining injury. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence found that “firearms present a public health threat to American women, in particular from suicide and domestic violence.” The reality is that we cannot continue to sweep this “gun culture” under a rug. It is a real problem that deserves real solutions and not continually being hijacked by the NRA.
Bob Costas talking about “gun culture:”