Appearing on MSNBC Tuesday night, Bob Costas attempted to clarify his remarks on gun control, but ended up causing even more controversy when he mentioned the Aurora theater shooting and what he called America’s “gun culture” while advocating for “sensible” gun control.
According to the Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering, Costas was “defensive about his brief discussion of guns in the Sunday Night Football broadcast where he read aloud a portion of a controversial column by sportswriter Jason Whitlock about gun control.”
Costas claimed he wasn’t speaking about the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, but insisted he was speaking of the “gun culture” in America.
“What I was talking about here – and I’m sorry if that wasn’t clear to everybody – was a gun culture,” he told Lawrence O’Donnell.
“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 nutjob in body armor and military style artillery,” he said.
Breitbart’s John Nolte shredded Costa’s argument, offering three points in rebuttal.
“Point 1: My guess is that if that ‘nutjob’ thought for a moment a few people in that movie theatre might be armed, there’s a good chance he never would’ve committed the crime,” Nolte wrote.
“Point 2: Costas is apparently okay with the fact that everyone in that theatre was a sitting duck; that no one was armed and able to defend themselves. By his way of thinking, that’s one of the pluses to come out of that tragedy,” he added.
“Point 3: You think if Costas had been in that theatre, he would’ve been thinking, ‘Thank God only the madman is armed!'”
Costas told O’Donnell he never used the phrase “gun control” or “Second Amendment” in his Sunday night commentary, but said he does support “comprehensive and sensible” gun control.
“I never mentioned the Second Amendment. I never used the words gun control. People inferred that. Now, do I believe that we need more comprehensive and sensible gun control? Yes I do. That doesn’t mean repeal the Second Amendment. That doesn’t mean a prohibition on somebody having a gun to protect their home and their family. It means sensible and more comprehensive gun control legislation,” he said.
Earlier, Costas claimed he didn’t have enough time to “flesh out” his remarks in a short commentary.
“My mistake is I left it open for too much miscommunication,” he said on the Dan Patrick Show.
Twitchy reported Tuesday that Costas’ remarks angered a number of people on Twitter.
“By admitting he made a ‘mistake’ in trying to cram a gun-control sermon into a 90-second segment, though, Costas has managed to raise the hackles of his supporters as well,” Twitchy said.
Nolte advised Costas to “stop digging.”
“Your heartless ignorance is destroying your brand,” he concluded.
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