Do we really need or want liberal pontificating when we’re trying to watch football? Apparently not judging by the reaction to Bob Costas’ half-time gun control apologia.
Gun control is, of course, a controversial issue, with such rabid belief on both sides that even politicians tend to steer clear of it. And politics are so laden with potential conflict that most sports commentators give anything remotely political a wide berth, as well. So when you’ve got gun control and politics jammed right in the middle of your football game, well, you can see how that might get a few people a touch upset. Social media and comment sections across the Internet boiled over on Sunday night with vitriol both against Costas for his views, and against NBC for permitting any kind of political commentary on its broadcast.
As The American Conservative recently observed, gun control is effectively off the table at the national level. (It’s still a problem at the state and local level in some areas.) And it’s a good thing it is.