Bob Costas Was Right About Gun Control
'Pathologies' of gun violence, domestic violence need addressing
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2012 11:34 AM CST
This Nov. 17, 2010 file photo shows sports commentator Bob Costas at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

(Newser) – Bob Costas has been heavily criticized for responding to Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide with a call for better gun control during halftime of Sunday's Eagles-Cowboys game. But in a culture awash in gun violence, Costas was clearly in the right, writes Amy Davidson in the New Yorker. She debunks a number of the arguments presented by Costas' critics, among them, that Kasandra Perkins could have survived had she too had a gun. "As if she didn’t already live in a house full of weapons," writes Davidson.

The "pathologies" of gun violence and domestic violence are deeply entwined in America, writes Davidson. She notes that one Justice Department study showed that 92% of murder-suicides happen with a gun, and another showed that in homes with guns, domestic violence incidents are six times more likely to escalate into murder. "Costas performed a service by bringing the issue up," she asserts. "What is so radical, so wrong, about imagining Kasandra Perkins, safe, or at least alive, without a gun in sight?" Click for her full column.

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right2dave
Dec 7, 2012 6:19 AM CST
Bob Costas actually thinks someone anyone give a crap about what he thinks....ha, ha.....
hubble
Dec 7, 2012 5:20 AM CST
This is such a funny argument.....I really can't get my head around how these people think. Here is an example, Murder is illegal but yet people still commit murder. Cars are controlled and registered, but yet people still commit crimes with cars, kill people with cars and even try to evade the police while driving their own cars. Its like the NFA act of 1934 to regulate the firearms used by gangsters, how many gangsters do you think stopped the CRIMES they were committing because their firearms had become illegal?!? Obviously we need laws and regulations, but there are already gun laws and regulations and it does not prevent emotionally driven humans from breaking them anyways. Besides, IT'S ALREADY ILLEGAL TO MURDER SOMEBODY, regardless of the tool used. Anybody who thinks a 6'2" 228lb pro football player needed a gun to kill someone is an idiot, he could have used his hands or any other tool. As a law abiding citizen I think today I will keep my guns, all of them, and anybody who does not like that can just write commentaries about it because that's all they can really do.... ;-)
SilenceDogood
Dec 7, 2012 2:33 AM CST
I have the answer for our soon to be socialist nation; Guns are not the causation of crime, all sociological evidence points to low income environments and poor family structure as the root causes of gun related crimes. So let’s have Obama and Pelosi send $50,000.00 checks to all the poor people and issue a law banning poverty! Then legalize marijuana; same sex marriages; give out free contraceptives and increase welfare payments. It will be like a South Park Show, we can all get stoned, have gay sex in the streets, buy booze with our food stamps and we’ll all be so fecked up we’ll forget about shooting anyone!