Bob Costas made the unpardonable mistake of telling the truth: we live in a gun culture and two people would likely be alive today were it not for a gun. But he is now being demonized. He’s being accused of attacking the Constitution, and there are calls for a sponsor boycott and for his firing. As Eric Wemple put it:
…radio commentator Lars Larson declared that NBC’s Bob Costas should be fired for his comments during halftime of last night’s broadcast of “Sunday Night Football.”
…Here’s how Larson framed his argument: “Bob Costas, based on the standards of our society and our profession, deserves to be fired for these remarks.” The true offense of the Costas on-air editorial, said Larson, was that he was essentially advocating the denial of civil rights to Americans. That is, Larson asked, what would have happened to Costas if he’d advocated stripping the rights of African Americans to vote?
So there’s the equivalency that Larson is advancing: The rights of people to own a gun versus the rights of a minority group to vote. Allow this columnist to slip way out on a civic limb here and say that debate over legitimate restraints on gun ownership is a fine thing and a debate over stripping the voting rights of African Americans is not.