While appearing on HBO’s “Real Time” with Bill Maher, NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas blasted supporters of the Second Amendment, suggesting that it was unreasonable for one to keep and bear arms for defense against a tyrannical government.
The topic arose while Costas was discussing NFL player Greg Hardy, who was charged with physically abusing his girlfriend in 2014. Costa said Hardy allegedly “threw” his girlfriend “on a couch with loaded shotguns and assault weapons on [it].”
Costas then went on to ask, “Is this what the Founding Fathers had in mind? That Greg Hardy should be armed to the teeth? That private citizens should be able to purchase cop-killer, armor piercing bullets? That you should be able to have a AK-47?”
Under federal law, anyone convicted of domestic abuse is prohibited from owning a firearm. That aside, Costas seems to be conflating an accused domestic abuser with the average law-abiding firearm owner to suggest that Hardy’s behavior is common in the gun community.
Costas said that people who believe that one should be allowed to possess an AK-47 and “cop-killer bullets” should take that line of reasoning to “its logical conclusion,” put another way, “if you are fearful [of] a tyrannical government taking away your rights as citizens then you ought to have a bazooka, you ought to have a tank, you ought to be able have nuclear weapons if you can get them before ISIS can get their hands on them.”
This isn’t the first time Costas has shared his anti-Second Amendment thoughts. Back in 2012, Costas made a series of appearances where he called into question one’s right to own commonly owned and widely popular firearms.
“There are those who believe that denying a semiautomatic weapon or an assault rifle is the first step down a slippery slope in denying an old lady a gun for her own protection,” Costas said while appearing on the Dan Patrick radio show. “There are people who honestly believe that in Aurora if only a dozen or so people there to watch the Batman movie had been packin’, they would have been able to take down the nut job in full body armor with military-type guns.”
“I think any police officer if you told them that would roll their eyes,” said Costas, referencing the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater in July 2012.