Costas tried to insist he wasn't calling for a gun ban. "Here's where I stand: I do not want to see the Second Amendment repealed ... People should be allowed to own guns for their own protection. Obviously, those who are hunters."
But "access to guns is too easy in some cases. I don't see any reason a citizen should be able to arm himself in some states in ways only police or military should -- to have a virtual militia (bought by) mail order or gun shows."
This has zero relevance to the Belcher case. He was using a legally-owned handgun.
Unsurprisingly, some of MSNBC's liberal stars, past and present, found this political posturing very satisfying. Lawrence O'Donnell announced that he loved the Costas tirade and the Whitlock article, declaring it was the first football article he'd read in 2012. Former MSNBC (and every other network) star Keith Olbermann tweeted that conservative outrage was phony: "Amazing that all those ripping my friend Bob Costas about (the) Second Amendment would, had he taken opposing view, be defending him using the First."
That concept collapses upon itself. If Costas were prone to pompous right-wing halftime commentaries, he wouldn't last five minutes at NBC Sports or NBC Anything Else. Just a few years ago, NBC was airing Olbermann himself as a pre-game and halftime analyst. There is never room for conservative opinion on these shows.
Intoxicated by the attention, Whitlock tried to out-crazy Costas. In an interview on Monday, he insisted, "The NRA is the new KKK," claiming the NRA's work is gun-running and drug-running for black children. The "arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don't have our best interests" at heart, he spewed.
Some liberals are just insufferable bores. Can't they please let us watch football, and not their self-implosion?