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

(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.

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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. (Read more Bob Costas stories.)

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