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December 5, 2012 - 9:00 am
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What’s behind their restraint, Bob? And what happened with those 65 Colts who raised their hands? Did they all go out and murder their girlfriends before killing themselves?

And why did Dungy even ask his players about their firearms ownership?

And I posed this question. I didn’t have time to pose it Sunday night but I’ll pose it here. Give me one example of an athlete. I know it has happened in society. But give me one example of a professional athlete who by virtue of his having a gun took a dangerous situation and turned it around for the better. I can’t think of a single one. But sadly, I can think of dozens whereby virtue of having a gun, a professional athlete wound up in a tragic situation.

Are you calling for a ban on NFL athletes owning firearms, Bob? Given the demographics of professional sports, that’ll get you a one-way ticket to Racism City. Be careful.

By the way, when was the last time you spoke with your former colleague, Orenthal James Simpson? How’s his ex-wife, Nicole?

Bob Costas could save himself a lot of trouble and get himself closer to the truth by swapping one term with another. Instead of indicting the “gun culture,” which is composed of law-abiding citizens who respect the Constitution, observe firearms safety, obey the law, and want firearms for entirely legitimate reasons, he should instead indict the “thug culture.” In that culture, there is no respect for the law, there is an entitlement mentality, and aggression is seen as manliness while taking adult responsibility is despised and viewed as weak. Jovan Belcher was not a member of the “gun culture.” I don’t know if he was a member of the “thug culture.” But if you’re going to target a culture to blame for the actions of one man, blame one that thrives on flouting the law rather than one that cherishes the law.

One problem, though, is that Costas can’t really do that, can he? Not in his current position as a national sportscaster working for the most left-wing network in America. The “thug culture” powers much of professional sports now, has made Bob Costas very rich, brings billions of dollars to his employer, and has a fan in the White House who recently hosted a known pro-thug athlete for a fundraiser.

Taking on the “thug culture” would require that Bob Costas show two things that have not shown up anywhere in his current behavior: courage, and the ability to think for himself.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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