I understand that when someone famous says something publicaly that is so ignorant, so wrong and so dangerous it is natural to want to call names and point out in colorful fashion the error of his ways, but I wonder if that is the most constructive way to response.
The top people in this country want to take our guns and they don’t care about truth or what is right. They do not care about the Constitution, the rule of law or common decency. They want power and control, but of course we are not yet a dictatorship, so they can’t, at this time, just walk in and disarm us. What they need is the people or most of the people on their side. If they can convince enough folks that guns are bad and citizens do not need them then they can pass laws and make major changes. Guess how they do that? They use people with a voice.
This sports announcer made a statement on Sunday Night football and it went viral in about half a second. I would say most people hearing his words now don’t really care. Don’t have an opinion, but they are reading and watching. What do you think when they see a bunch “crazed” gunners spewing hate and name calling? It feeds right into the antis portrayal of us.
Sure we can say who cares, they won’t silence me, I don’t give a crap. That’s fine, but I want to keep my guns. I am truly concerned about keeping my guns. I don’t want to be forced to walk around without having some ability to tip the scales in my favor. I know people say “from my cold dead hands” and if it comes to that, I guess we all have a choice to make, but to be honest with you, I would prefer not to have to die in order to secure my rights to carry a gun.
The truth is people who are willing to kill themselves or others are deeply disturbed and will commit their evil crime regardless of the tools available. In addition no amount of control will eliminate guns. Especially for a person with power, influence and money such as a pro football player.
As a society we will never ever eliminate all bad guys or eliminate their desire and ability to to harm. No amount of hugging, self esteem workshops or hours of watching Dr. Phil will create a perfectly safe world. In the end the best we can do is find ways to limit the amount of harm those evil doers do. My choices are fairly limited and disarming me cuts my chances of survival dramatically.
Unfortunately, I have personal experience on both sides of this issue. My brother abused his wife and then took his own life.I loved my brother or I tried to. Lots of us did, but truth be told he was a mess. He was selfish and mean. He was self destructive and destructive to others long before he pulled the trigger to end his life. He had reasons. Valid reasons why he would be off. Our childhood was beyond violent and abusive, but all along the way he had choices to make. He was not mentally ill. He didn’t have a psychiatric disease. He knew he was hurtful and he chose to deal with it by making excuses until he no longer could. Sure he was in real pain and he truly struggled, but at the end of the day he made choice after choice that was in favor of destruction and harm. For whatever reason he decided the only way to end his pain was to end his life. He was determined to do so. Gun or no gun he was going to end his life. No amount of gun control, knife control or rope control was going to stop him. He broke many laws and breaking one more to get his hands on a gun wouldn’t have mattered one bit to him.
Conversely, I am law abiding. I don’t break the law. I don’t carry where I am not legally allowed too, but in order to be law abiding I am putting my fate in the hands of a bad guy. I have been in the hands of a bad guy and with every fiber of my being I do not want to be at his mercy again. There is no mercy to be found there.
If I had a chance to speak with Mr. Costas, that is what I would say.