Here’s Why Bob Costas & Jason Whitlock Are So Wrong
I’m sure most of you have heard about the complete fool NBC’s Bob Costas made of himself on Sunday Night Football when he conducted his own gun control infomercial at halftime. For those of you that didn’t see it, here he is quoting, promoting, and agreeing with an anti-2nd Amendment article from Jason Whitlock:
Costas: 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.
Those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports, would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective. You want some actual perspective on this? Well a bit of it comes from the Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock, with whom I do not always agree, but, who today, said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.
“Our current gun culture,” Whitlock wrote, “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. 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. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? 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.”
Of course the Whitlock article which Costas was promoting has even more projection than the nonsensical argument that handguns “exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.” that Costas was spewing. Whitlock’s personal opinion is, of course, that had Belcher not owned a gun, none of this would have happened.
First off, you’ll notice that neither Whitlock or Costas actually proposed any actual solutions. Do either one of them have any specific remedies for the vague ‘gun culture’ they describe? Do they want extremely tough gun laws? They want all handguns banned? What do they want?
Like most anti-Second Amendment, they describe a problem only as they see it, project that blame onto others, and then attempt to pin the actions of few on everyone else.
You can see it in what Whitlock wrote and Costas was more than happy to repeat it for him. Who exactly are these people they’re talking about? Who are these people that handguns tempt into escalating arguments? Who are these people who handguns lead into confrontation? Who are they? Who is this ‘us’ he keeps referring to? Anyone know?
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out this giant nugget of fail from Whitlock regarding whether or not we’d focus on his belief that, had Belcher not owned a gun, none of this happens:
But we won’t. We’ll watch Sunday’s game and comfort ourselves with the false belief we’re incapable of the wickedness that exploded inside Jovan Belcher Saturday morning.
The entire argument put forth by these two really boils down to the fact that because some folks commit crimes and do stupid things with guns, they should outlaw them. They don’t specifically say that, but that’s what they want. They use words like “we’ and “us” because unless they are able to paint every person who possesses a gun with the actions of Jovan Belcher, they know they’re full of it and so does anyone capable of an objective thought.
Oh, and that contention that, had he not had a gun, none of this would have happened? I offer this:
Man Kills Woman, Father Then Self in Bow-and-Arrow Attack
A Vernon resident drove to Casper, Wyo., and fatally stabbed a female college professor outside of her home before shooting his father with a bow and arrow and then killing himself in a Casper College classroom on Friday morning, police said.
Christopher Krumm, 25, who lived at 24 Grove St., Vernon, was the son of computer science instructor James Krumm, 56. Police said Chris Krumm shot his father in the head with an arrow in front of a room of four to six students before stabbing himself with a knife.
Imagine that. Somehow, this guy managed to kill two people and himself without the aid of a handgun. Would Whitlock and Costas like knives and bow and arrows banned as well? Did those items cause this man to ‘embrace conflict’ or ‘exacerbate his flaws?’ What else do we need to ban? Where does it end?
Look, if Jason Whitlock and Bob Costas feel like guns might make them ‘embrace conflict’ or “escalate confrontations’ maybe they shouldn’t own one? If they think their own personal flaws would be so ‘exacerbated’ by the mere possession of one they’d kill people? Maybe they shouldn’t own one?
As for me, I’ll make that decision for myself. Now, if Mr. Whitlock and Mr. Costas wanna go ahead and try to get that pesky 2nd Amendment repealed? They should give it a go. When they’re done with that? They can then can begin the process of getting them outlawed.