BELLEVUE, WA â€“ After yet another tragic death involving an NFL player over the weekend, there is the appearance of a double standard in media handling of the case, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
â€œA week ago,â€ noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, â€œNBCâ€™s Bob Costas was having fits about a so-called â€˜gun culture,â€™ but what about the culture of big money, flashy cars and alcohol that permeates the NFL? Dallas player Jerry Brown is dead from what appears to be a drunken driving crash involving teammate Josh Brent. Brown is no less dead than Javon Belcher or his girlfriend and Brent faces criminal charges. Costas was alarmed at the number of NFL players with guns, but heâ€™s said virtually nothing about the ones who drink and drive.â€
Costas ignited a firestorm last week, showing a lack of knowledge about firearms, current laws and the so-called â€œgun cultureâ€ when he editorialized about the Belcher case and then had to do damage control for several days.
â€œWhat Bob Costas doesnâ€™t know about guns,â€ Gottlieb said, â€œwould probably fill a library. His remarks about violent crime, gun owners and semiautomatic firearms demonstrated why the firearms community distrusts mainstream press because many, if not most, of the talking heads donâ€™t know what theyâ€™re talking about.
â€œAccording to FBI crime data,â€ he continued, â€œthe number of homicides involving firearms has declined over the past several years. Last year, out of 12,664 homicides, firearms were used in about 8,500 of those crimes, and handguns were used in less than half.
â€œCompare that to more than 10,000 deaths attributed annually to drunk driving,â€ Gottlieb said, â€œyet where is the great discussion about that after Brownâ€™s death?
â€œLast week, Costas asked who â€˜needsâ€™ a semiautomatic firearm,â€ he added. â€œWell, who needs to drive drunk? NFL players certainly have enough money to pay for a cab ride, donâ€™t they?
â€œHow many drunks are on the road every weekend following tailgate parties at NFL games,â€ Gottlieb questioned. â€œWhatâ€™s more dangerous, a citizen with a firearm or an NFL player with a bar tab?â€