Posted December 03, 2012

Bob Costas: ‘If Jovan Belcher did not possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive’

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NBC sportscaster Bob Costas used his weekly monologue on “Sunday Night Football” to discuss the fallout of the tragedy in Kansas City, urging viewers to move past the cliched coverage of the “perspective” gleaned from the news that linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself Saturday morning.

Costas focused much of his monologue on a column by Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock, which argued that “current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy.” Costas said that although he often doesn’t agree with Whitlock, he found his argument to be spot on this time.

“In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows?” Costas said. “But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe: ‘If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.’”

Costas’ sentiments sparked some heated discussion immediately on Twitter, including from injured Eagles center Jason Kelce:

From NBC, here is video of Costas’ monologue:

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61 comments
RiskyJim
RiskyJim

Why don't you just make murder illegal?  Wait a minute.....it already is illegal.  How long has that law been on the books?  Is it working?  What makes you think other laws would work if you aren't already obeying what is on the books?  Laws only work for the law abiding, criminals don't pay attention to laws especially when they are selectively enforced.  Why do you think we have so many ILLEGAL immigrants?  Enforce the laws on the books and we'll be a better society than one with more foolish laws proposed by lame broadcasters like Bob Costas.

KevinWos
KevinWos

If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns. Those who wish to commit violence will find a way.

BN
BN

Jovan Belcher was a 6'2" 230lb. linebacker in the NFL.  If he wanted to kill his girlfriend he didn't have to have a gun.  He had been out partying, she had been out partying but not together.  They had an argument and probably some sort of fight if she had a gun she might be alive today.  In place of outlawing them we should require everyone to carry them.

antitrader
antitrader

Match the numbers for 2005; 

 

12,252

43,443

16,885

 

Traffic Fatalities Alcohol Related Fatalities (in a car)

Gun Related Deaths (none-suicide)

Traffic Fatalities

 

The answers:

Guns - 12,252

Traffic Fatalities - 43,443

Traffic Fatalities (alcohol related) - 16,885

 

So, that tells me we should ban all cars from being used, because they are driving around killing people.   Oh, wait?  What do you mean cars aren't just driving around killing us?  People drive cars?  Oh, I see...it's the people DRIVING the car that are at fault.  Oh, well in that case....

SeanGolz
SeanGolz

The gun did not kill anybody. Jovan Belcher did. Stop blaming the weopon. Spoons don't make you fat. If he didn't have a gun then it quite probably would have been a much more brutal crime scene and she would have likely suffered much more. Likewise, if she had a gun then it's likely that she would not be dead. If you criminalize guns then only criminals will have guns, and they do prefer unarmed victims.

JeffTheall
JeffTheall

I'm sure for Bob Costas, personal security isn't a big issue.  For those of us who can't afford gated communities, fancy alarms and body guards, we understand when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.  these gun control nuts are just that.  does anyone think guns are going to disappear?  have you been to a gun show?  i feel for the police who have to enter a town in (pick a southern or midwestern state) and start confiscating weapons.  and lets pretend the politicians decide it's the right thing to do and send the army in to do it.  really?  all that turmoil because some idiots can't control their anger?  gun control advocates cried the sky would fall after Virginia eased restrictions.  Between 2006 and 2011 gun sales in Virginia rose 63%.  During the same period gun violence decreased 27%.  Now those are facts.  What Costas stated last night implying Belcher and his murder victim would be alive today is merely a guess.  And quite frankly, not an educated one.  Husbands, boyfriends, and EXes are very capable of killing domestic partners without guns.  ask O.J.  In 2000 as many women were killed in  domestic violence by knives, hammers, hands, etc than guns.  this took me all of five minutes to research.  too bad bob didn't have five minutes to spare.  i'd say the same about whitlock but no one reads him anyway.

BIG K
BIG K

If James Krumm, computer science instructor in Wyoming, would HAVE been carrying a hand gun for protection, he would be alive today.

DANIEL32
DANIEL32

 PEOPLE THAT WANT MORE GUN CONTROLS ARE ALWAYS BLAMING GUNS FOR MOST OF THE MURDERS AND VIOLENCE. DURING ANY FOOTBALL GAME YOU HEAR THE ANNOUNCERS STATE THAT FOOTBALL IS A VIOLENT GAME SO LETS OUTLAW FOOTBALL.

JoeyBagadoughnutz
JoeyBagadoughnutz

this is my rifle , this is my gun, this ones for fighting, this ones for fun

harper626
harper626 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I don't believe OJ used a gun to kill his wife and her boyfriend.   Where there is a will, there is a way.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @harper626 Makes it a lot easier when you have a gun.  Guess that's too difficult for gun zealots to realize.

MichaelNarducci
MichaelNarducci like.author.displayName 1 Like

Bob Costas please don't preach to America. If he didn't have a gun he would have used a criminal's gun. This guy had a mental problem. Law abiding citizens have every right to protect themselves from criminals. As a matter of fact you could say that if his girlfriend had a gun she wouldn't be dead.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

If some criminal wants to rob a 7-11, he doesn't need a gun ... he can do it with a bazooka or a Scud missile.

 

Therefore, let's make it legal for everyone to own bazookas and Scud missiles.

recent customer
recent customer like.author.displayName 1 Like

Costas should stick to field related commentary and leave social commentary to the rest of us.  He is just another in a long line of media people that would gladly advocate to take your civil rights.  If Belcher had no access to a gun and was bent on killing this girl he would have used a rock, a knife, a shovel or his hands.  Opinions like Costas' are poison to a free society and anti American

Difference of Cubes
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Belcher would have probably beat her to death with his hands.....come on.  the gun did not kill anybody.   belcher decided to kill his girlfriend.  period.  end of story.  it is not the guns fault.....it is belchers fault 100%.......people who believe in the second amendment are not rednecks........we are smart people who want to protect self and family.  Bad guys with bad intentions will get guns....so limiting guns to honest/good people is not good.  a very simple concept that gun control "liberals" just dont get.  it is sad

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @Difference of Cubes Yeah, guns never kill anybody!!! So why does the US have such a high murder rate? 

GaryMelilloJr.
GaryMelilloJr.

 @stabmasterarson21  @Difference of Cubes 

So the murder rate would go down if we implement gun control?  You do realize if this country implements gun control only the law abiding citizens will turn in their guns right?  If you do know that than why do you think the murder rate would go down?  Criminals are criminals because they do not abide by the law and by your naive point of view only the cops and criminals will have guns and we all know there are not enough cops to control the rise in murders.  Maybe if all guns are banned we can start using other things like chemicals (cleaning supplies), knives, rocks, Drunk drivers, etc...to start killing people.  Oh wait, that already happens.

Darryl2
Darryl2

 @stabmasterarson21  @GaryMelilloJr.  @Difference of Cubes

 Automatic weapons are already outlawed and most weapons ARE "high powered" in a ballistic sense. Many hunt with hand guns also. I always get a little uncomfortable when people arbitrarily talk about taking away my constitutional rights every time some unbalanced individual goes "over the edge".  When someone decides they're going to commit mayhem they'll find a way whether there's a projectile weapon convenient or not.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @GaryMelilloJr.  @Difference of Cubes It's easy if you come down hard on those who have them when they are outlawed.  We'll never outlaw rifles because people hunt but there is no reason to allow high-power and automatic weaponry.  Pistols are easy to conceal thus reason why so many criminals use them to rob, loot, rape, etc.  Countries that have strict gun control don't have anywhere near our crime rate.

gmag39
gmag39 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Simple ftruth

People with guns in the home are WAY more likely to be killed or injured by said gun than to use it against a

perpetrator.  That is an absolute, unvarnished  FACT.  

That said, I am not saying people should not have the right to own guns.

I would say that the way people are allowed to get guns/ammo in U.S. bears some new, intelligent scrutiny.  

Now, all of you rednecks that will misrepresent what I have said, BLAST AWAY!  

 

 

 

BarneyFranken
BarneyFranken

 @gmag39 Your statement of 'fact' is irrelevant to this case- we arent talking about accidents.

 

He shot her 9 times for God's sake. 

 

 

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @gmag39 It's not just rednecks who are gun proponents.  99% of Republicans probably own 10 guns each!

stcentrader
stcentrader like.author.displayName 1 Like

Those are the wisest words ever to come out of Bob Costa's mouth.  He's so right about the fact that a gun is too deadly a weapon to just have lying around.  VOTE YES TO GUN CONTROL!  Nationwide.  

Difference of Cubes
Difference of Cubes

 @stcentrader cool man if i was a thief, rapist, murderer and overall bad guy.  I WOULD TARGET YOUR HOME/FAMILY.....how are you going to protect ur family?  call the police...by then it will be over..........gun control = stupidity

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @stcentrader So what other civil liberties are you willing to give up????????? 1ST AMENDMENT 4TH AMENDMENT 5TH AMENDMENT????? HITLER THOUGHT GUN CONTROL WAS A GOOD IDEA SO DID CASTRO, STALIN AND MUSSOLINI...

stcentrader
stcentrader like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @davidhudsonone You've been misinformed or you are trying to misinform.  There was no such thing as "Nazi gun control."  But I can tell you that the kind of terrible gun violence witnessed in the U.S. is only seen in other "militarized" countries like in the Middle East and in destabilized regions in Central and South America and in Africa.  In countries where citizens are not allowed to own guns.  I've lived in Taiwan and China for the past 13 years and there's never a problem walking down the streets late at night.  I'm not saying these countries are any better than the U.S. in most respects, but the lack of guns is a very NICE THING!  This is not about the Constitution!  It's about a more peaceful and safe society.  I think gun control is the way to go.  

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @Difference of Cubes  @stcentrader  @davidhudsonone Problem is the criminal element also has guns, often more powerful than your own, and will kill you before you kill them, e.g. Colombine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, CO.  Expect more of these types of mass killings in the future because of all the gun nuts in America who THINK they are going to protect their families....

Difference of Cubes
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 @stcentrader  @davidhudsonone 

where are u living?  there exists a criminal element in every society....generally waiting for an opportunity to steal, rape, kill, vandelize, and hurt.........we have the right to protect ourselves and our families.........what will you do if u are victimized in ur peaceful society?  please do some research, soul searching, and alanysis of the facts regarding firemarms.  firearms make the world safer.  period.

stcentrader
stcentrader like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @davidhudsonone  I believe you are.  I see that you are attempting to show that Hitler did support gun control and I don't argue that he like the idea, but gun control was not initiated by the Nazis nor was it imposed in law by the Nazis on their own people.  Gun control was initiated by the Weimar government in 1928 to control the extremist groups like the Nazis from destroying the fragile society, post WWI.  Headed by Hitler, the Nazis were the "gun fanatics" that eventually dragged Germany through WWII.  Yes, I'm afraid to say that you are misinformed.  Don't try to tell me that guns are a way to keep the peace.  

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

@stcentrader

The Night of the Broken Glass (Kristallnacht)--the infamous Nazi rampage against Germany's Jews--took place in November 1938. It was preceded by the confiscation of firearms from the Jewish victims. On Nov. 8, the New York Times reported from Berlin, "Berlin Police Head Announces 'Disarming' of Jews," explaining:

The Berlin Police President, Count Wolf Heinrich von Helldorf, announced that as a result of a police activity in the last few weeks the entire Jewish population of Berlin had been "disarmed" with the confiscation of 2,569 hand weapons, 1,702 firearms and 20,000 rounds of ammunition. Any Jews still found in possession of weapons without valid licenses are threatened with the severest punishment.1

On the evening of Nov. 9, Adolf Hitler, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, and other Nazi chiefs planned the attack. Orders went out to Nazi security forces: "All Jewish stores are to be destroyed immediately . . . . Jewish synagogues are to be set on fire . . . . The Führer wishes that the police does not intervene. . . . All Jews are to be disarmed. In the event of resistance they are to be shot immediately."2

 

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

 @stcentrader Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA — ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the state.” - Heinrich Himmler.

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

 @stcentrader “All military type firearms are to be handed in immediately...The SS, SA and Stahlhelm give every responsible opportunity of campaigning with them. Therefore anyone who does not belong to one of the above-named organizations and who unjustifiably nevertheless keeps his weapon...must be regarded as an enemy of the national government.” — SA Oberfuhrer of Bad Tolz, March, 1933.

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

 @stcentrader “This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilised nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!” Adolf Hitler

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

 @stcentrader On November 11, 1938, the Minister of the Interior, Wilhelm Frick, passed Regulations Against Jews' Possession of Weapons. This regulation effectively deprived all Jews of the right to possess firearms or other weapons. STUDY HISTORY MORE. THOSE WHO FORGET THE PAST ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT!!!!!!!!!

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

@stcentrader

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing."

- Adolf Hitler

YOU ARE SERIOUSLY MISINFORMED BECAUSE ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HITLER DID WAS REGISTER ALL GUNS THEN CONFISCATED THEM! SO HE COULD ERADICATE THE JEWS AND THEIR ART AND WEALTH AS WELL. IF YOU WANT TO TAKE PEOPLES GUNS AWAY THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO DO IT AND THAT IS VIA THE AMENDMENT  PROCESS, JUST REPEAL THE 2ND AMENDMENT THEN ALL OF US RIGHT WING NUT BAGS COULD NOT COMPLAIN IT IS NOT CONSTITUTIONAL. YOU KNOW THAT CANNOT HAPPEN BECAUSE IT REQUIRES 2/3RD MAJORITY IN BOTH HOUSES A PRESIDENTIAL SIGNATURE AND RATIFICATION BY 3/4THS OF THE STATE HOUSES.

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @stcentrader 28 times more civilans own guns than do law enforcement yet you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a policeman. Since 1935 governments have slaughtered 200 million of their own people!!!!! If you really think gun control is so great put a big sing in your front yard proclaiming how proud you are that your home is gun free!!!

Z28blazerjeep
Z28blazerjeep

I watched bob ask Michael Jordan if the woman with him after a championship was his mother... It was michael's wife. He is a tool. And he is wrong about the handgun... belcher could have beaten stabbed strangled or drowned his girlfriend easily,just off the top of my head.. If he had run her over would bob be telling us we should ban cars? Bob, if you and Jason Whitlock don't want guns, don't own them. But stop with the politics... More gun owners never kill than do, and your attitude would make you an easy mark, except you likely ave security and they are armed, right? Keep your thoughtless opinions to yourself

stcentrader
stcentrader like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Z28blazerjeep  I would pit my chances against being beaten, stabbed, strangled or run over by a car compared to a bullet travelling at 1400 feet/ second before it tears through my body.  There's no chance for the victim to react or the gunslinger to think about his actions before he delivers the fatal blow.   Think about it dude!

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

 @stcentrader  @Z28blazerjeep While tragic this is just a price we pay to be free. Just as pornography is the price we pay for a free press!!! IF WE ARE GOING TO HAVE GUN CONTROL LAWS LETS JUST MAKES SURE THAT THEY TARGET CRIMINALS!