Bob Costas: Gun Control Would've Saved Jovan Belcher

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NBC Sports' Bob Costas used his halftime segment during last night's Eagles-Cowboys game to advocate for gun control following the murder-suicide of Jovan Belcher.

The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker killed himself and girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, shocking the NFL world Saturday. Costas weighed in on the tragedy Sunday:

In a segment about 90 seconds long, Costas began by mocking the sports cliche about how "this really puts it all in perspective," then became even more pointed.

He paraphrased and quoted extensively from a piece by Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock:

''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."

The online reaction to Costas' segment was swift, with many people criticizing the longtime broadcaster for expressing his personal views on a program meant for entertainment.

Others praised him for taking a strong stand on the controversial issue and for refusing to gloss over Jovan Belcher's death with lip service and empty platitudes.

What do you think of Costas' comments on gun control?

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Costas is a typical liberal idiot! Especially being in the broadcast/entertainment business. They all think that the public is interested in their opinions on everything. Just do the job you have been hired to do and keep your judgements to yourself. We don't want to hear it from you any more than we do from the cast of the View. I for one will never watch another broadcast which includes Costas.

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So what he's saying is, the house didn't contain knives that he could have stabbed her with like OJ Simpson did? He couldn't have drowned her in the tub like Drew Peterson did? He couldn't have strangled her like Scott Peterson is suspected of doing? He couldn't my have beaten her to death with a baseball bat? Yep, it's all the guns fault!

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As if killing with a knife is any "better!" A murder is a murder. Let's start addressing the true issue here... The lapse in judgement that results in death. A certain amount of responsibility has to be taken when one decides to give in to the mental illness and take another's life! Cops, military, secret service all carry guns. As do women like me who own a gun legally and all permits to carry. I seriously doubt I would've been raped 19 years ago if I had been carrying a gun.

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I'm sure that Bob Costats is another one of those high-paid liberal douchebags that lives within a gated and guarded community and doesn't need to worry about protectiing his family personnally.
Also, many of these ball players are on the roids and suffer from head injuries- this is the problem, not any kind of gun.

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Yes, Bob, sure, Bob, there is no possible way that an NFL linebacker could kill a female less than half his size, without a gun. No possible way. Whatever you say.

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What a moron, frankly I think he should be chastised by the network. Personal opinions on gun control have no place in a football game.

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he's right. and if guns were controlled o.j. would have never shot his wife with that knife either.

Pat shane

This isn't the 1800's anymore. The days of militias are over. While everyone has the constitutional right to 'bear arms' our founding fathers did not have semi-automatic rifles or high powered hand guns in mind when scripting the second amendment. Comparing gun deaths to spoons making people fat is unequivocal and makes any idiot using the comparison instantly lose credit. The facts are simple, America is number one in fire arm deaths out of any other first world country. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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@ Pat Shane

Pat, are you really this brain-washed? Must be the public education you received at the hands of our liberal, socialistic teacher society. Just what makes you think you know the minds of our founding fathers. I would say that they had in mind whatever arms might be possessed by our enemies. Is it your belief they would have us armed with muskets while our enemies possess the semi-automatic rifles or high powered hand guns? Your argument makes absolutely no sense.

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@ Pat Shane

And drunk drivers don't kill people either, the cars they're in do, as well as the recent knife attack in Casper, Wyoming, that wasn't the offender's fault it was the knife's fault so we should outlaw all sharp knives as well. The only reason America has a high shooting rate is because guns are in the wrong hands. Good people aren't allowed to have them so they get shot because the criminals know they can't shoot back.

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@ Pat Shane

Ya right, those guns that were used in the Revolutionary War and the American "Civil" War were not deadly at all. These tools were simply 50 cal. cannons that almost always produced fatal injuries, even by today's firearms standards. Just more liberal claptrap intended to cheat the American people out of one of their most cherished and important civil rights.

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He could have picked up a knife and stabbed her. Are we going to ban our silverware? He could have picked her up and thrown her against a wall. He could have drowned her in the bathtub. Do we all have to get rid of our bath tubs? It is what is IN PEOPLE'S HEARTS that kill, not the weapon itself.

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TO SAY A PERSON WOULDNT KILL IF DIDNT HAVE POSCESSION OF A GUN IN NUTS, THE PERSON WAS VERY DESTURBED AND WOULD HAVE USED HIS OWN HANDS, KNIFE OR MANY OTHER OPTIONS THE PROBLEM IS NOT THE GUNS ITS OUR SICK SOCIETY, THEY TOOK ALCHOL AWAY IN THE 30S DID IT STOP THE DRINKING, NO !!!!