Bob Costas’ anti-gun rant, the fallout
First, here’s the video if you haven’t yet seen it:
Now, here’s what Costas’ spokesman had to say about the criticism Costas received for his bleating douchery, Costas himself apparently being too busy washing the gray out of his hair to comment directly. USA Today:
NBC’s Bob Costas, communicating through a spokesman Monday about on-air comments about guns he made Sunday night, “feels an unfortunate leap was taken that he was advocating taking away Second Amendment rights. He was not.”
Costas declined comment to an interview request from USA TODAY Sports to speak about comments he made during NBC’s NFL coverage Sunday night. But NBC spokesman Greg Hughes says,”In a short (on-air) time period he can cover only one aspect of a complicated issue. So he quoted (columnist Jason Whitlock) about the gun culture and an almost Wild West attitude in parts of this country. He is pro-sensible gun reform and pro-attitude adjustment on guns.”
Got that? It’s a complicated issue, and he only had a short time to cover one aspect of it. Which makes one wonder why he chose to take on such a complicated topic, knowing in advance that he had limited time to do so. Probably just an oversight.
Also, Costas himself is “pro-sensible gun reform.” What that means exactly, no one can say for certain — but were I to judge from his comments yesterday, I’d have to conclude that “pro-sensible gun reform” is some sort of value-free iteration of “ban the fucking things. They give me the creeps.”
By the way, classy move putting it all on Whitlock. As I recall, Costas introduced the quote by saying Whitlock summed things up about as well as they could be summed up, lending the extended quote an explicit endorsement. Until he started taking heat. Then? Scapegoat nation!
In his 90-second on-air comments Sunday that have drawn criticism in cyberspace, Costas discussed Kansas City Chief linebacker Jovan Belcher shooting girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then committing suicide with a gun. Costas’ conclusion: “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”
Monday, NBC spokesman Hughes added that Costas is “in favor of people owning guns to hunt and carrying them in reasonably controlled circumstances.”
Again, what is “reasonably controlled circumstances,” and who gets to decide how our 2nd Amendment rights should be neutered and pruned so that Costas is made to feel comfortable with the fact that guns exist, and that free people of necessity must be permitted to own and carry them?
And then there’s this: how does Costas know that Belcher didn’t own the gun for hunting varmints or some such?
In truth, Costas is one of those people who believes the 2nd Amendment protects only muskets — and that hand guns are a scourge, evidently because certain well-paid athletes misuse them from time to time, which of course means that nobody can be trusted to own them and use them responsibly. Though Costas will allow that you can go out and shoot ducks, if that’s your thing. You stupid rednecks.
All in all, a non-apology apology, and one that I find remarkably unsatisfying. Costas revealed himself. Too bad. Because a football halftime show is no place to do it — particularly when all it does is serve to exploit the tragedy for a shot at some cheap liberal grace.