12.05.2012 20

Bob Costas, Jason Whitlock: Ready, Fire, Aim

Source: NBC Sports

By Rick Manning — The human tragedy that occurred in the stadium parking lot, where a professional football player killed his girlfriend and mother of his child, and himself became magnified into a gun control debate when columnist Jason Whitlock and television sports commentator Bob Costas chose to turn their media platforms into a national debate on gun control.

Whitlock’s written rant contains the following statement, “A gun turns some kids listening to music into a murder scene. And uh, you know, if you don’t have a gun, you drive home. You know, kids listening to some loud music, you don’t like it, 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.”

In emotionally exercising his First Amendment right, Whitlock makes some incendiary charges that he undoubtedly felt were important and ground breaking.

If either he or Costas had bothered to look at fairly recent history, each of them could have found out what happens when law-abiding Americans become unencumbered by restrictive gun laws.

In the early 1980s in Florida, it was a time of Miami Vice with a drug culture out of control, and the homicide rate skyrocketing.  From the early 1940s to the early 1960s, the homicide rate was steadily just above three homicides per 100,000 persons in the state.  Yet after a steady rise through the 60s and 70s, Florida found itself with double the number of homicides on a per capita basis.

Jim Crow law remnants left the ability to legally carry a concealed handgun up to the local county sheriffs, most of whom routinely denied virtually every applicant just because they could.

A brutal three-year legislative battle ensued between gun rights advocates and fear mongerers who issued dire predictions that blood would be running in the streets if law-abiding Floridians were allowed to carry handguns concealed in public.

Jason Whitlock’s predictions and assumptions about the presence of a firearm being a primary cause of violent behavior ran amok among the media and other elites.  The state’s newspapers and broadcasts were awash in frightening predictions about the coming escalation of violence that would occur should concealed carry legislation become law.

Finally, against heavy odds, in 1987, the people were given a non-arbitrary process to legally carry concealed handguns, which went into effect in January, 1988.

If Whitlock, Costa and others of their ilk from 20 years ago were correct, homicides should have spiked and Don Johnson’s television show should have had another decade to run as Miami became the center of violence in America.

But that is not what happened.  In fact, over the course of a few years, the homicide rate receded back to its historic levels of the early 1960s.

It got so bad for criminals seeking to avoid armed citizens that they took to targeting vehicles with rental car license plates because they knew out of state visitors did not have a gun on their possession.

Those who believed that the mere possession of a handgun led to increased homicides in the 1980s had an excuse of not knowing better.  Whitlock and Costas don’t have that excuse.

In Florida, every year approximately 400 additional people are alive because the homicide rate was driven down by allowing law-abiding citizens to carry guns.  In 20-plus years, that adds up to 8,000 people who were not murdered.  We don’t know their names, haven’t seen their faces, and they don’t even know who they are.  Yet, we know they exist.

There was a human tragedy that occurred in Kansas City, where a man committed a murder-suicide.  It is a shame that commentators like Whitlock and Costas chose the intellectually easy and factually wrong cultural phenomenon to blame.

In the wake of their embarrassing pronouncements, perhaps someone should start clamoring for a seven-day waiting period before the media elite can use their First Amendment rights to advocate the destruction of other freedoms.  Of course, why would the self-righteous want to actually have facts before subjecting their readers and listeners to their emotional reactions?

Rick Manning (@rmanning957) is the communications director of Americans for Limited Government.  In the mid-1980s, he was a National Rifle Association lobbyist involved in the passage of Florida’s life saving concealed carry law.

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  • TrapRat

    I’ve been televising sporting events for 35 years and Costas is the most repulsive POS
    to work with let alone watch. He can cause excessive vomiting!

  • Men like Costas and Whitlock don’t operate by means of logic. They act on their feelings. And they intend the government to which they lobby to enforce those feelings at the point of a legislative gun.

  • I once respected Costas . . . not any more.

  • pduffy

    More than 50,000 Americans die on the highways each year due to the ‘misuse’ of an automobile – far more than all ‘gun’ deaths combined. So then, let’s ban cars, then nobody will die. Then, let’s ban booze, so nobody can get drunk and kill on the highways (opps we already tried that, failed miserably), oh, but I have another idea! Let’s ban bottles, then nobody can transport the booze, so nobody can get drunk kill on the highways. And then LETS BAN LIBERALISM, which is the real root cause of this mess!

  • zook7576

    L—-ive to spew
    I—–gnorat opinions and

  • HadEnuf

    That metro-weinie, sycophant Costa can kiss my arse! People wake up. The new Hitler’s reach is overwhelming and growing by the day! He has the STATE-RUN media and “Hollowwood” by the balls! They all know that their lavish lifestyles, unlike the rest of AMERIKA will continue as long as they spew the propaganda from their sewer mouths! These elitist useful idiots are smug and cocky because of the reason that I have just given! The stupid sheeple had better come to grips and understand what is actually going down…down…down – our freedom and way of live is being wrested from us by this Muslim-Marxist, his communist minions and their Fifth Column, STATE-RUN media, Costas is but just an example! Until the lazy, stupid, undisciplined, recreational/pleasure seeking fools wake up out of their stupor and start taking action, such as BOYCOTTING using airlines and sporting events and entertainment events to send a message that we are not going to take anymore TYRANNY being REIGNED down on us PEONS and SERFS, your ass is theirs – beleive me!

  • LRob

    This piece of shlt, Costas, should be fired. But NBC is Obama’s watercarrying bunch of buttboys. One has to wonder if they were all members of Man’s Country in Chicago together. Beginning to think so.

  • Remington 870

    The libs are doubling down against the NRA. Anything these white/negros don’t like, they catagorize it with the KKK. Obama has released this race war of words, but the race war with weapons is waiting.

  • bobmann101

    As far as I am concerned assault weapon is an oxymoron. Any instrument/object can be used as a weapon when it used to cause physical harm.

    Any weapon when used is an assult weapon. Any instrument/object can be used to assault a being. Sound can be used to assault.

    There were weapons, murders and killings long before there were guns. According to some people if you shoot an animal it is a rifle. If you shoot a person it is a weapon.

  • WhiteFalcon

    He is there because of what he is, and NBC, (Nothing But Crap), is the same thing.

  • topeka


    the liberals are trying to ban cars… that’s why they love choo choo trains and buses…

  • vevaqus

    “Gun control”, through the UN or from one’s own government, is not the answer. Criminals and mentally ill individuals will always find ways to keep or procure guns!
    Australia was one of the last nations to ban guns, spending $500 million to do so. But then homicides went up 3.2 percent, assaults up 8.6 percent Australia-wide, armed robberies up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent) In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns! Defenseless people rounded up/exterminated in 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana

    Feel free to copy and distribute as often as you want.

  • Here is another blog post that talks about how Costas and Whitlock are clearly wrong.


  • TrapRat
    I’ve heard from several individuals that he is the most arrogant, self-centered AH you could possibly imagine but then look at Napoleon…..although I think Napoleon was taller than Kostcus…..just a typical liberal spewing his personal agenda and believing we care what he thinks. I was never impressed with his commentary and will not watch him anymore. Say…why don’t we get up a petition, just like the libs did with Trump and Macey’s and ask NBC to fire him or give equal time to the NRA or someone that had to shot an intruder to save their own life? Just a thought.

  • He has opened his mouth and proven his lack of intelligence. He seems to be trying to say more, which is proving the level of his intelligence is even lower. Too bad he can’t deal with facts, but then if you repeat the lies about guns enough they become believed by the uninformed.

  • regulus30

    AMERICA HAS DESCENDED INTO AN ABYSS controlled by the liberal pop-culture morons;;Jon Stewart, Bill Maher;Conan, David Letterman, Jimmi Kimmel, Steve Colbert, rappers, hollywierds,NBC,CBS,ABC,CNN, MSNBC, Al Franken, low life dependent minded trash all too ignorant to see they are merely pawns to be used in the destruction of the society that has given the fools the right to be worthless. they are too stupid to know they are BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS THEM;;a cultural revolution is required as well a political one.The muslim radicals judge all Americans as infidels, but in reality the very ones [socialists/libs] supporting sharia would be the first to loose their heads………is there a place on earth where we the people could resettle and leave the socialists to their own demise /adjusting to sharia?????I am afraid my answer is NO; that is why the rapture is near…….

  • liberals are idiots

  • Brabado

    Bob Costas is getting old… and is afraid, of losing his gig to a younger face, therefore, he has to jump on a “controversial bandwagon”, ASAP, so other idiots, keep remembering him…

    Pay no attention,to him!


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