NBC's go to sportscaster, Bob Costas, decided to take a little detour from the usual sports ramblings during Sunday Night Football on the network last night.
And his comments have served to stir the debate on gun control following the shocking murder-suicide that rocked the NFL over the weekend, when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend and then committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager.
During a down portion of the game, Costas said the following: (you can see the video here)
"Writer Jason Whitlock, with whom I do not always agree but today said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.
Our current gun culture, Whitlock wrote, ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.
Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.
In the coming days, Jovan Belcherâ??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 didnâ??t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."
Writer Jason Whitlock added to the debate in an interview with CNN's Roland Martin...going so far as to compare the NRA to the Ku Klux Klan:
"You know, I did not go as far as Iâ??d like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and Americaâ??s gun culture â?? I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously donâ??t have our best interests."
Whitlock added: "You know, kids listening to some loud music, you donâ??t like itâ?¦ you go home and complain to your wife. But when you have a gun, you open fire, potentially, and take the life of a child."
Should Bob Costas have used Sunday Night Football as a forum to promote gun-control? And what do you think of Jason Whitlock's comparison of the NRA to the KKK?