Bob Costas: Gun culture in this country is the problem

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 23:32 EDT
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NBC sportscaster Bob Costas blasted the gun culture in the United States on Tuesday night.

Costas had received flak from gun rights advocates after reading portions of an article by Fox Sports.com columnist Jason Whitlock on air after a murder-suicide incident involving Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher.

“What I was talking about here and I’m sorry if that wasn’t clear to everybody, was a gun culture,” he said Tuesday on MSNBC. “I never mentioned the Second Amendment. I never used the words gun control. People inferred that.”

Costas said he believed there should be more regulations on purchasing firearms, but did not believe in prohibiting them altogether or repealing the Second Amendment. However, Costas said no amount of gun control could address the “gun culture” in the United States.

“It demonstrates itself in the wild west, Dirty Harry mentality of people who actually believe that if a number of people were armed in the theater in Aurora, they would have been able to take down this nut job in body armor. In fact, almost every policeman in the country would tell that you that would have only increased the tragedy and added to the carnage,” he explained.

Costas compared gun control to obesity, saying that just because someone pointed out the harmful effects of fast food didn’t mean they wanted to ban it.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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