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Douche of the Week: Bob Costas
By RU Contributor Mad Medic
On Saturday, a “tragedy” struck the Kansas City Chiefs when their linebacker Jovan Belcher Killed his girlfriend, then drove to Arrowhead stadium where he waited until the General Manager, Scott Pioli, and head coach Romeo Crennel showed up. He thanked them for a chance in the NFL and proceeded to spread his brains all over the pavement. Everyone seemed really sad about this, completely forgetting that the guy killed his girlfriend before he did himself in. KC fans shed tears, held up signs about how sad they were that their linebacker was gone, and everyone felt the need to comment on how tragic this whole affair was.
One of those people was Bob Costas. During a halftime segment—with God Bless America playing in the background, no less—Bob decided he would use his microphone and national air time on NBC to plug the fact that America has a severe case of ADD and needs to get serious about gun control. He went on to quote a sports writer out of KC that pretty much says “if you get a handgun people die.” The segment was only 90 seconds long and ol’ Bob wasted no time in bedouching himself. At the end of the segment, still quoting the sports writer, he suggests that if Belcher did not have a gun, he and his girlfriend, Susan Perkins, would still be alive today.
Ok Bob, first off you weren’t even original enough to use your own words. You had to choose some nobody sports writer that no one outside the world of sports commentating knows to plug the fact that we’re all incapable of acting responsibly with firearms? You couldn’t say, maybe, “I don’t agree with this writer on everything, here’s what he said, here’s what I have to say.” No, if there’s any blow-back for the way you worded your argument it’ll fall on him; not you, right? What really gets me is that he probably had some poor researcher going through Sunday papers looking for this little tidbit. If you were serious about it you could at least have the courage to use your own words and not hide behind the words of a guy who is way outside his lane.
Worse than that, though, Costas’ display of mental midgitry was somehow perfectly acceptable to the Brass at NBC. You can tell he was reading off a teleprompter, which means that his producers gave him the ok. Now, apparently, everybody that owns a handgun is going to go kill their girlfriend and then themselves, and young people everywhere will be dead in the streets because we are not rational enough not to pull out a gun and start blasting away every time we have an argument.
Bull Freaking Shit! I carried around a scary looking “Assault Weapon” for nearly 2 years of my life in a combat zone. I used that weapon to protect myself, my platoon, and my patients (even if they weren’t American or had just tried to kill me and mine). I got in disagreements all the time but never used my weapon in anger.
As an NRA certified instructor in Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol, and Muzzle Loader, I can tell you if you follow three really basic rules, no one will get hurt, ever. Even if you’re not following two out of the three, the third will save you every time. I can also tell you that if you take guns seriously and stop treating them like props in your effort to look more bad ass, you will able to safely use them to defend you and yours. It’s not Pistols, it’s not Shotguns, it’s not Rifles, or “Assault Weapons” that are killing people—it’s people. More often than not, people don’t respect guns in the first place, and have never bothered to get the training required to use them properly. But I’m sure Bob has never fired a gun in his life. He probably falls into that “guns are scary death machines” crowd, which is why he felt that this little blurb was perfectly ok.
There’s a lot of things I could ask Bob. For instance, England has almost totally banned personal gun use, and yet their crime rate is out of control; why do you think that is? If you compare the violent crime rate in Texas to the violent crime rate in California, California beats Texas hands down. Yet the People’s Republic of California has incredibly strict gun laws, whereas Texas, as long as you know your own name you can get pretty much any type of gun you want. Why do you think that is? This isn’t some piece of pro-gun propaganda. The stats are there, and they make the truth painfully hard to ignore. So why do you think that is, Bob? Maybe if you have the belief that everyone is armed, and if you act the fool, you’re going to get an overdose of lead might encourage people not to act the fool? Nah, couldn’t be that.
Better yet, people get stabbed all the time, people burn to death and tire irons are used to cause blunt force trauma. Do you think that we should remove knives, tire irons, and fire from people’s ability to acquire? Perhaps we should also ban cars because they cause thousands of deaths every year (much more than guns I might add)? Or should we ban the sun, because it causes skin cancer? Hey, let’s ban spoons because they make people fat. Now there is a perfectly valid argument as to why you should maybe prevent the average person from owning an M-60, but COME ON BOB! The 2nd Amendment, thankfully, protects our right to protect ourselves, and is also thankfully not subject to the whims of douchebags.
The Law gives me the right to own a firearm and to discharge that firearm if I feel my life is in danger (unless you’re in Michigan, California, and New York, to name a few). But here’s a more important question for Bob. Why do you think the Framers felt that it was such an important part of the fundamental rights of “We the People,” that they made the right to bear arms the 2nd amendment? Why put it in the Bill of Rights at all? We have Police, National Guard, and all those folks to protect us, right? Well look at the average police response times of 15 minutes. That’s usually 14 minutes and 30 seconds too late. And I’m just spit-balling here Bob, but what if the United States Government were to somehow become oppressive towards the fundamental rights of the individual? You’d be hollering for those guns, wouldn’t you? More than that, why don’t you think anyone has been stupid enough to try to invade America since 1814? Here’s a thought Bob, instead of trying to ban guns completely, what if we made sure people got the proper training so that people knew how to use them correctly, and to respect them? You think that might be more effective at deterring gun violence?
Mr. Costas, you’re not even that good at sports commentating. You should probably stay in your lane and leave the social commentary to others who don’t suck at it. If you truly believed what you said last night, then you would have used your own words not someone else’s. Belcher made his choices in life; he made the choice to kill his girlfriend, and then he made the choice not to face the music. We don’t know what caused him to shoot her, but it’s just as likely if he was dead set on killing her, he would have found a way. You have beclowned yourself by your half-assed attempt to put a spin on the issues facing us. It’s painfully clear that you have OD’d on Vitamin Douche, and you need to shut your pie hole before you hurt yourself with your own stupidity.