Conservative commentator Glenn Beck ridiculed the Sunday night comments to a national television audience by sportscaster Bob Costas about the murder-suicide of NFL player Javon Belcher and its relation to gun control laws
“That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” Beck said on his morning radio show, which is aired online via his website Theblaze.com. “What responsible gun owners are doing that? This is about the culture, for the love of Pete, this is not about guns.”
Costas’ commentary during NBC’s Sunday Night Football half-time show borrowed remarks from a column written by sports reporter Jason Whitlock
“Our current gun culture ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy . . . Handguns do not enhance our safety,” Whitlock wrote and Costas repeated. “They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.”
“If you’re living in a culture that glorifies death or cheapens life, yea then you’re going to get into an argument and you’re gonna be in a Denny’s and you’re going to pound someone’s face on the table for more syrup,” Beck retorted. “ But that’s not about the syrup being there or not being there, that’s the culture … And guns have nothing to do with the culture that we live in.”
Beck then proceeded to mock the reactions from people who said they refused to hold Belcher responsible for his actions.
Belcher committed suicide on Saturday in the parking lot of the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City in front of his coach and general manager. Earlier in the day, Belcher apparently shot to death his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, 22, who was the mother of his child.
According to Kansas City Police, Belcher legally owned the handgun used in the fatal shootings.
Costas' rant sparked outrage
in the media and on social networking sites, with many calling for his job.
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