Speaking Power to Truth

Telling it Like It Is?

Enough Is Enough?

The NFL games played on December 2nd featured some amazing stories; the Indianapolis Colts winning ther game on the final play, the Pittsburgh Steelers with their 3rd string Quarterback defeating the Baltimore Ravens, and perhaps the most amazing was the Kansas City Chiefs, a day after one of their players shot first his wife and then, in front of his coach at the teams training facility, himself, winning their game.

Bob Costas, NBC Sports personality, took an opportunity to use the tragedy in Kansas City, to speak out against the American gun culture. He referenced a commentary from Kansas City sportswriter and occasional cultural critic Jason Whitlock.

He found himself making the talk show rounds; he appeared on both NBC's cable news channel MSNBC, and FOX News. The absolutist groups that make up so much of the American Gun Lobby rallied their followers, and I was honestly expecting NBC to fire or relive Costas of his role with Sunday Night Football.

But to the Coalition To Stop Gun Violence, Costas articulated what many Americans may think. They are just too afraid to say it, they are tired of hearing of the latest mass shooting. From Tucson, to Trayvon Martin, to Aurora Colorado, to their own hometown, people are becoming aware of the consquences of the American culture of guns.

But why did it take a sportscaster to light this fire? Probably the audience he can reach; Sunday Night Football is usually one of the most watched, if not the most-watched show of that week.

But there's still the matter of what to do with this momentum. That will be up to the viewers, will we see pressure on legislators to pass laws that will make our gun policies more like the industrial nations of Europe? Or will the agenda of fear and mob rule ideas of the NRA, etc continue to advance?


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

Gabrielle Gifford's husband spoke out too. I can understand how groups with such power cause fear...NRA, and others. In fact, I just watched Bulworth yesterday....great movie. And, in the end, this politician who decided to do the right thing, stop the corruption. even things out, was gunned down (sort of hinted that is was the insurance industry)

But really--enough is enough. And in this culture, it does take people like Costas to speakup...and keep it up!

Americans are deluded if they think they can out-gun the gvt anyway....in this day and age....no way.

What only happens is that guns are turned on their fellow citizens. And we other citizens have No voice, and No protection from this vigilanti mind-set. "You like Obama?".....bang. This is what I see coming. Not the gvt comin after us, but people out there who hate us coming after us...with their ak47's. and Fox and hate-talk egg it on.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

And who is egging those types on?


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

Rupert Murdock, Inc.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Among others, and who is he acting as an echo chamber and mouthpiece for?


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

crap, my search engines are infected.....I bet if you google Murdoch and Clear Channell, you will see how it works in the American version.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Love:

Check out http://www.fair.org.

PS. Clear the cache and run a virus scan. . .


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

just one of millions to contemplate.......

"Rupert Murdoch Mind Contols Rural America Through Clear Channel.

www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1927862/pg1

Rural America is bombarded with Rush Limbaugh through a scheme where Clear Channel gives the show away free in some Markets and makes it Mandatory that .."


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

take away your guns socialist shariah law hates white people terrorist water the tree of liberty angry angry ANGRY!!!!!!!!!

SOMEone needs to PAY!..........Liberals......sneer spit crush

Arm yourselves....it is coming. Obama is coming after your guns. Ergo, an Obama supporter needs to be silenced.

Subterfuge subliminal messaging.

Oh, and rich people help you, while poor people suck the life out of America.

OK, I'm done, Thank you TPC.....over and out


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Of course, people in many rural areas lack any independent media, save for NPR.

Perhaps another reason why the Right always has NPR and PBS in their sights


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junkseller 4 years ago from Michigan

The NRA has effectively built a machine gun nest on the balcony of Congress. I just don't see any way gun control has a chance at all. A 100 armed men could storm a sports stadium, gun down 30,000 people, and we'd still be talking about how the problem was that not enough people in the stands were carrying concealed weapons.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA

The NRA has bought Congress- I am so happy that Costas spoke out! I have no hopes, however, that the NRA will back down---They are more powerful than Congress, apparently!

It is sad to think that people in high places are afraid of the NRA---I am a gun owner- I have a little 38 that holds 5 bullets....when I was a teen, we lived in the country and I killed many a rattlesnake and mountain lion with a single shot 22. That was enough then, and the gun I own now sits in a drawer, locked up- no carry permit necessary---too dangerous for people to be carrying guns everywhere!

As for hunters, they have a right to own guns designed for hunting animals---not guns designed to hunt people!


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

I did a piece that suggested that a shooting in or outside a stadium may be what it will take for people to truly stand up to the NRA


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

I have no problem with people having guns to hunt, to target shoot or even to protect themselves. I just think that no right is absolute. Do folks need AR-15s, etc?


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA

Agreed- Absolutely! But who needs a gun like those used in Colorado and Arizona? No one! It is just ludicrous, and not something that should be tolerated in this country. I don't believe that the 2nd amendment gives us the right to have assault weapons- Why not tanks then, too? They are guns, also- just mounted on an armored vehicle....I mean, if people are that paranoid, why not? I am sure the NRA could try to justify that, too!

The guns shows must be regulated to the same extent that gun stores are- When I bought my little 38, I was young and traveling alone all over Washington state as a realtor. Some of the areas I went to were quite back woods- every pickup in the state had a gun-rack and each gun-rack was full--it was also the time when there was the "Real Estate Rapist" in Washington state. My broker was worried about my safety and said, "Do you know how to handle a gun?" Told him yes and he said, "Get one- Don't be foolish-" I did, but went to a gun shop, went through a DOJ check and a waiting period----then I went out and learned how to use the small pistol. Since I came back to Ca., the gun has been in the drawer....

Maybe we should all get tanks, what do you think?


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Good for him! I thought his comments were completely reasonable - considering the context they were given in! I'm proud of him for not backing down, although - these 2nd amendment freaks will make his life miserable, me thinks...they think the founding fathers meant oozies and sub-machine guns...oh, yeah!

How and WHY is the NRA so powerful - it's agenda needs to be examined closely! They're not about protecting the people...clearly..


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

America averages 32,300 gun deaths annually. That’s like having TEN 9/11 terrorist attacks every year. ADVOCATE GUN SANITY. #StopTheViolence

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