Commentary | Bob Costas is not backing down on comments he made about the safety of guns after the murder-suicide deaths of NFL player Jovan Belcher and mother of his now-orphaned baby daughter, a young woman named Kasandra Perkins.
What Costas is not backing down on is a simple and factual assessment of the indisputable details of the case — that Belcher was easily able to murder this young woman and kill himself after a domestic disagreement. In the media since the shocking deaths, several reasons have been given for the disagreement.
Perkins, mother of an infant who had spent an evening out with her friends, has been lambasted by friends of the Kansas City Chiefs player for her own “role” in being gunned down (a level of victim blaming that is nearly nausea-inducing), but somehow Costas is the bad dude for saying what is right there in front of our faces — as a sports commentator, as an American, somehow the mere fact he expressed this opinion is offensive to some.
Ready for the offensive comments Bob Costas isn’t “backing down” from? Prepare to be horrified and shocked to your apple-pie leaking cores, people. Here’s the raging liberal, anti-gun rant quoted and agreed with by Costas:
“In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? ….. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”
At one point, Costas added:
“In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, that most mindless of sports clichés was heard yet again, ‘Something like this really puts it all in perspective.’ Well if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games. Please.”
Yep. that’s it. And for that, Costas is being lambasted by Second Amendment rights proponents who have somehow been so eager to embrace number two they’ve skipped over number one.
In America nowadays, we’ve seemingly embraced this idea that merely by invoking the specter of truth, we somehow threaten an ideal. As a big fan of civil liberties myself and an American who feels that if you want to own a gun, you should be able, don’t (sorry) shoot the messenger here for saying what we all know to be true: Bob Costas isn’t backing down because you cannot untie the truth of his statement from factual reality. Arguing otherwise is a form of magical thinking that anyone over the age of four should be utterly ashamed to embrace.