Target: Bob Costas, NBC News Anchor
Goal: To commend Bob Costas for calling for tougher gun regulations.
During NBC’s recent presentation of Sunday Night Football, anchor Bob Costas used his weekly segment to call for tougher gun regulations in the United States. The case of Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher, who fatally shot his girlfriend before killing himself, was fresh on the minds of NFL fans across the country. Costas used his time during the game’s halftime to argue that the presence of a gun in a domestic setting increases the chance of homicide by two to three times and that two thirds of women shot every year are killed in domestic disputes or cases of domestic abuse.
Since the piece aired, Costas has faced considerable criticism from conservative pundits and gun-owning Americans alike. Some, such as the members of the Fox show Fox & Friends, have argued that it is too soon after the tragedy to bring up such a political issue. However, if this is not the time to discuss such an issue, when is the time? After a year in which 11,000 Americans were murdered by firearms, the conversation must be advanced. The presence of a firearm in the home increases the risk of homicide for women by five times according to studies. These are just two reasons why Bob Costas was correct in using his segment to argue for tougher gun control. We will never know if the absence of a gun would have saved the life of Belcher’s girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. However, the evidence shows that homes with a firearm are more likely to experience acts of violence.
Sign this petition to let Bob Costas know that you stand behind him in saying that gun regulations should be tougher in the United States. By limiting the number of guns allowed in American households, we might be able to limit the number of homicides in the United States and therefore limit the amount of fatal violence committed in cases of domestic abuse. By advancing the national conversation about gun control, Costas has done the nation a great service.
Dear Bob Costas,
Thank you for using your segment during NBC’s Sunday Night Football to call for tougher gun control laws in the United States. Your comments have helped to advance the national conversation on a number of controversial issues. Studies show that homes without a firearm present are much less likely to be involved in acts of violence. By bringing this fact to the national stage, you are challenging American institutions that must be removed.
I understand that your statement has generated a fair amount of negative attention and I would like you to know that I appreciate you bearing the burden of those comments. By advancing the national conversation about gun control and domestic abuse, you have done a great service to our country.
[Your Name Here]
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