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Bob Costas' Politicizing Of A Football Player's Tragic Act Of Murder/Suicide....

Updated on July 14, 2013

Bob Costas' Politicizing Of A Football Player’s Tragic Act Of Murder/Suicide…

Like many, I was watching the Sunday night football game when during the halftime show, sportscaster, Bob Costas went off the reservation… spewing nonsense that had the professional football player, from Kansas-City-Chiefs, who had earlier in the day shot and murdered his girlfriend and then committed suicide would not have done so had there been more stringent laws against owning hand guns - what is even more grating is that there are those who are supporting that asinine position by Bob Costas. Now, a day after the football player murder/suicide, some loon pushed a fellow New Yorker onto our sub-way tracks where he later died at a nearby hospital; days later, many a New Yorker, like me, took the sub-way trains to and fro... I supposed that, according to Bob Costas’ logic, the authorities should have chop off all of our hands who subsequently took the New York subways… so as to prevent us from pushing one another onto the sub-way tracks.

As I write this blog in my living room, were I to walk a few steps… I would be in my kitchen where there are many knives - I supposed the same can be said of the football player’s home that probably had numerous knives too, all of which could have been used to kill his girlfriend in the same brutal manner. I do not know if this common sense linear thinking would make a difference to Bob Costas and his kind because they are blinded by specious ideology. Yes, it is true that I do not understand owning sub-machines guns in the sub-urbs, but to speak in absolutes on the gun issue is suicide. Years ago, during Hurricane Katrina, many criminals were going around and raping little girls in the Superdome and causing bedlam - one such rapist was gunned down and I am certain that the criminals did not accost those law abiding citizens that were armed like they were. In the same vein, a professional football player was murdered down in Florida a couple of years ago - if I recalled correctly he had a baby with Andy Garcia, the actor’s, niece; I wonder if that football player were carrying a handgun… would he be alive today….

I will attempt to drive the point home how silly Bob Costas’ tirade was on gun control. Some surveys have shown that ten percent or so of our Muslims brothers and sisters believe in Jihad against the West… perhaps to thwart such would-be jihadist terroristic actions, we, in the West, should engage in some form of preemption - I wonder if the Liberal in Bob Costas would go for such a defensive posture… and just how countries used their respective arsenals to prevent encroachment or being attacked… so too some individuals who have guns prevent criminals from attacking their homes or persons. The problem we face is coming to that compromise… whereby both sides - gun owners and those for curtailing gun ownership - can coexist. The great poet/song-writer, Leonard Cohen, wrote and sang, Who By Fire with the apt lyrics:

And who by fire, who by water,
Who in the sunshine, who in the night time,
Who by high ordeal, who by common trial,
Who in your merry merry month of may,
Who by very slow decay,
And who shall I say is calling?

And who in her lonely slip, who by barbiturate,
Who in these realms of love, who by something blunt,
And who by avalanche, who by powder,
Who for his greed, who for his hunger,
And who shall I say is calling?

And who by brave assent, who by accident,
Who in solitude, who in this mirror,
Who by his lady's command, who by his own hand,
Who in mortal chains, who in power,
And who shall I say is calling?

In reading some of those lyrics from Leonard Cohen... think of all the things needed to be eliminated – after all, many of these forms of deaths are brought on by human free will… like that Kansas-City-Chief’s professional football player who chose to murder his girlfriend and leaving a three-month-old-daughter orphaned.


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    • TeaPartyCrasher profile image

      TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I will be doing a Hub on how I think Costas spoke for many Americans who have been too scared by the NRA, etc to speak up.

      From Tucson, to Trayvon (Check out "License To Kill"), to Kansas City. . .

    • Verily Prime profile image

      Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York

      I can add nothing to what has been said so far... Tonight I will be listening for Bob Costas to clarify his statements when he visits Bill O'reilly.

    • Alberic O profile image

      Alberic O 5 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

      People wonder why gun crimes are up and it's not necessarily due to the number of guns. In the US, there is no personal accountability anymore. Shot yourself while cleaning a gun? Don't worry, blame the gun and try to punish all responsible gun owners for your stupidity. Hold the person accountable and punish them instead.

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      Jack Burton 5 years ago from The Midwest

      So teapartycrasher really, really believes in his heart that Bob Costas is right when he said that if this thug football player didn't have a gun there is no way in the world that he could have murdered his wife and then committed suicide.

      This is akin to the mindset of our stone-age ancestors... believing that an inanimate object such as a funny shaped piece of rock, or a carved hunk of wood, or a gourd rattle filled with knuckle bones has so much power over people that it determines their very thoughts and actions.

      tpc guarantees that no one will ever, not once, in the future history of mankind, be murdered with anything other than a gun. This is his "power to truth" eh.

      Not much "power" in it and absolutely no "truth."

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      TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Costas spoke power to truth--IMO

      And has taken the heat from the Absolutists and Insrrectionists that make up the NRA, tec membership well.

      I just hope groups like the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, etc can use this to get the public to stop fearing the NRA and work towards a Gun Policy less like a frontier and more like a 1st-World nation. .

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      Jack Burton 5 years ago from The Midwest

      Costas on firearms is no different than a five year old on a trike commenting on NASCAR race strategy.

    • Alberic O profile image

      Alberic O 5 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

      Don't mind Bob. I actually pity him for his ignorance.