Bob Costas, Charles Barkley and John McEnroe Discuss Gun Control on “Costas Tonight” (Video)

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On Sunday night, venerable NBC sportscaster Bob Costas touched off a firestorm of criticism when he used his weekly one-minute commentary during halftime of Sunday Night Football to bring up the hot-button issue of gun control.

Obviously, this was a response to the horrible murder-suicide by Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher on Saturday. At halftime, Costas quoted sportswriter Jason Whitlock, who apparently wrote that “our current gun culture ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy…If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would still be alive today.”

Here is the entire Costas spiel from Sunday:

Now, I’m just a sports blogger, so I obviously have no idea what I’m talking about. However, I will say that it certainly seems like Costas wanted to say something bold on the topic of gun control, but he also wanted a safety net of “plausible deniability” for when the you-know-what hit the proverbial fan. For that reason, he decided to quote somebody else rather than make his own argument. “Oh, no, angry internet people. Those weren’t my sentiments. I was just telling you what that other guy said.”

Of course, with Costas being a real sports journalist (unlike me), he decided to tackle the controversy surrounding the so-called “tirade” against guns by having a longer, more in-depth discussion of the issue on his NBC Sports talk show, Costas Tonight. And obviously, since he really wanted to have an enlightened, rational debate about the issue, he invited probably the two most rational, level-headed, thoughtful people in the history of pro sports to join his panel: John McEnroe and Charles Barkley.

I guess Shaquille O’Neal and Kurt Busch were unavailable.

Anyway, Costas kicked off the discussion by reminding everyone that the stuff he said on Sunday night wasn’t his opinion, then he thew it over to Charles Barkley, who announced to the world that he pretty much has a gun on him at all times.

Take a look:

I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel more enlightened now.

“I feel safer with a gun.”

“I don’t.”

“I do.”

Great stuff, guys. You really covered all the bases. Still, I wonder what the ladies over at The View have to say about all this?

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