Thread: Bob Costas
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Old December 6, 2012, 10:17 AM   #9
Tom Servo
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The original video of Costas' remarks is here. He was basically quoting Jason Whitlock's blog here.

There has been backlash, and Costas has heard it, as has Whitlock. Piers Anthony made supportive comments on his Twitter feed, and he received a ration of hurt over it as well.

Whitlock's original comment was,

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.
Which is pretty much standard boilerplate: a normal person will turn into a raving lunatic due to the very presence of a handgun. After the controversy blew up, Costas circled his wagons, claiming that young men tended to turn into hooligans, and that if they have handguns, they're going to turn violent.

I can't follow that argument at all, and neither can the guy who wrote it. Whitlock describes football as a game of violence twice in the same paragraph, and he muses that the shooter's actions will be scrutinized through the "lens of concussions and head injuries." You think maybe those things might be the factors in unreasonable and aggressive behavior?

Nah, blame the gun.

As Pax pointed out, the guy's was a football player. If you haven't met one, they're the pinnacle of physical strength. If Belcher hadn't had a gun, he was still more than capable of murder.

ETA: Let's keep this on the subject of guns. We've already had one thread on this, and it got closed for meandering into general NFL and football stuff.
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