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John Lott: Bob Costas' gun 'rant' 'misplaced


Wherever there's an issue of gun control (which is to say wherever there's a gun that went off, accidentally or otherwise) you can find John Lott, economist and the go-to gun rights enthusiast of the right.

Following NBC sportscaster Bob Costas' now infamous gun control commentary during a Sunday night football game, Lott has a op-ed with his two cents:

Apparently some think that Saturday's murder-suicide tragedy in Kansas City wouldn't have happened if he hadn't had a firearm. Amazingly, during halftime on NBC’s "Sunday Night Football," Bob Costas told viewers he believed: “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.” ...

Whether people like Costas like it or not the facts speak for themselves: Murder rates consistently rise when guns are banned.This is not just a US phenomenon in places such as Washington, DC and Chicago, but has been observed worldwide. When guns are banned, even in island nations such as the UK, Ireland, and Jamaica, the pattern has been the same. The problem is that gun bans disarm law-abiding good people, not criminals. With disarmed victims, crime is easier to commit. ...

Bob Costas’ emotional reaction to the deaths of Belcher and Perkins is understandable, even if a rant on gun control during a football game is misplaced. But hopefully cooler heads will prevail before we enact laws that will unintentionally lead to more deaths.

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