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Cox Versus Costas

O

ne of the many reasons I love the National Rifle Association is the smart people
in key positions within the organization. A good example is nra-ila Executive
Director Chris W. Cox, who recently helped guide sportscaster Bob Costas back to
some semblance of reality concerning firearm ownership.
Unable to stay away from the gun issue after clumsily wading into it last year,
Costas recently doubled down on his apparent belief that professional athletes are not
responsible enough to practice their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
"Let's make a bet, you and me," Costas said during a recent appearance on a
late-night talk show. "Let's say over the next five years-we'll do a Google search,
we'll have an independent party monitor it-you keep track of how many good and
constructive things are associated with athletes having a gun, and I'll keep track of all
the tragedies and criminality and folly. And let's see who comes out ahead or behind
as the case may be. These things are directly connected."
The very thought that
The very thought that
Costas believes any segment
of American society should
Costas believes any
be disqualified from a basic
segment of American
constitutionally protected
society should be
right because of occupation
disqualified from a
is stunning. Thankfully,
nra's Cox took the opportunity
basic constitutionally
to set Costas straight.
protected right because
"As one in the business
of occupation is stunning. of broadcasting, he should
know that the vast majority
of 'good and constructive things' associated with athletes, or anyone who owns a
firearm, don't make the news," Cox said. "When a football player and his family
enjoy a day at their local shooting range, it doesn't make the local six o'clock
broadcast. When a baseball player takes his daughter deer hunting, you won't see
Brian Williams talking about it on 'nbc Nightly News.'"
Fact is, the so-called "mainstream" media, of which Costas is a part, are willing
accomplices in the anti-gun movement. As Cox pointed out, you'll likely never see
Diane Sawyer featuring a story on athletes (or anyone, for that matter) defending
themselves and loved ones against violent criminals.
"Let's be clear. The reason you don't see those stories reported isn't because they
don't exist," Cox said. "In fact, they occur thousands upon thousands of times every
year-far more often than the tragedies and criminality and folly of which Costas
speaks. You don't see them reported because they don't drive up ratings."
In the end, you can believe what you want concerning professional athletes
and firearms ownership. As for me, I'll side with Cox, since I believe the
Second Amendment was written for all Americans-not just those personally
approved by Bob Costas.

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