A Millionaire’s Game, a Fantasy World and Bob Costas’ Imbecility

Written by Steve Sheldon on December 3, 2012

If there’s anything I hate more than listening to Barack Obama or looking at Rachel Maddow, it’s the moron sports commentators before, during, or after any given sporting event.  Bob Costas proved no exception Sunday when he made his idiotic statements about gun control in the aftermath of a tragic murder suicide involving Chiefs player, Jovan Belcher who ended his life after murdering his girlfriend.

First, Costas was speaking during the singing of God Bless America in the background.  For that alone, he should be reprimanded or fired as should the producer who allowed it.  But I digress.

Costas blathers, “Something like this really puts it all in perspective … 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.”

How about this, Bob:  People whose lives revolve around and are consumed with sports are the ones who need to get a perspective.  Maybe this country would be better off if its citizens knew a little more about their government and a little less about how many yards so and so gained or who is leading their fantasy whatever team.  Here’s some perspective for you, Bob:  This country is going off a cliff and all you and people like you care about is your precious sports.  Sorry your game got interrupted by a senseless tragedy.

News flash to Bob Costas:  Tragedy happens every day.  It’s a tough world.  Mankind is sinful.  It’s been going on for awhile.  For further reference, read the Bible.

Quoting extensively from a column by Jason Whitlock Costas repeats,

Our current gun culture would ensure 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, Javon Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed.  Who knows?  But here is what I believe:  If Javon Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.

If you believe that then you might also believe that the KC Chiefs will win Superbowl this year.

Bob, you and those like you truly live in a fantasy world where mankind would be perfect if it weren’t for those pesky guns.  Never mind the murders and suicides that occur with the aid of all kinds of other inanimate objects including automobiles, garden hoses, ropes, knives, blunt instruments, drugs (legal and illegal), alcohol, bridges, cliffs, buildings and the list goes on.

I could spend the next twenty pages refuting every stupid argument for gun control, but that’s already been done.  Check out the bumper stickers at the next gun show.  Someone as thick and uninformed as Bob Costas wouldn’t ever get it anyway because they live in a bubble.  The NBC logo on the microphone should have been a dead giveaway.  Suffice it to say that millions of handguns every day protect their owners and their family members from rape, robbery, assault, murder and more.

Thomas Jefferson said it best, “A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.”

A couple last things, Bob:  There are far fewer accidental injuries from guns than sports in any given year.  Look it up.  Arguing that intentional injuries and deaths would be less if handguns were banned is like arguing that taking away microphones from sportscasters would prevent them from saying stupid things.  As for deaths where guns have been banned look no further than Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Red China, Cambodia and Rwanda for starters.

Maybe Javon Belcher would be alive today if it weren’t for the pressures of professional football or the crappy Kansas City Chiefs team that he was on.  Maybe he would be alive if it wasn’t for the head injury he received from playing such a violent game.  Maybe he would be alive today if he had a father figure in his life he could respect and admire who would have taught him right from wrong.  Maybe he would be alive if our culture respected the sanctity of marriage and frowned upon premarital sex and out of wedlock births.  Maybe he would be alive if he attended church every Sunday instead of playing football.  Then again, maybe nothing would have prevented this outcome.  We will never know.

Blaming inanimate objects for sin and its manifestations is not the answer.  But then again, what should one expect from someone who gets paid to comment on a game played by millionaires?

Bob, get back to football commentary and your fantasy world and leave the intelligent discussions for the rest of us.

Steve Sheldon is a lifelong outdoorsman, hunter, gun-rights enthusiast and widely published author. Steve spent a dozen years in private industry as an investment broker and owner of multiple businesses. He served the National Rifle Association almost ten years in various capacities before moving to Americans for Prosperity in his current role of External Affairs Officer. Steve has held various church leadership roles over the years and served in a jail ministry.