From Gun Owners of America:
Bob Costas appeared on the O'Reilly Factor Wednesday night in an effort to explain his ill-informed comments about guns that he made over the weekend.
Using one of Sunday's football games as a platform to express his views on guns, Costas (who was quoting a sports writer) said that the Kansas City linebacker who killed himself and his girlfriend this past weekend would still be alive today "if Javon Belcher didn't possess a gun."
... Because Costas' remarks have stoked a nation-wide controversy, O'Reilly invited Costas onto his show to clear away the "confusion." Taking his cue, Costas led off the interview saying that he knows Americans have a right to bear arms and that he never intended to enter the political debate surrounding this issue.
He emphasized several times that he never used the words "gun control," and that he is not looking to repeal the Second Amendment.
But rather than set the record straight, Costas only made things worse with several bone-headed or factually inaccurate statements. Rather than clear up the matter, Costas adopted the talking points of several anti-gun "Brady Bunch" organizations by saying Americans are worse off owning guns, that they don't typically use them in self-defense, and that Americans need to do something about our dangerous "gun culture."
Here are just some of most egregious examples...
1. Guns do more harm than good.
"Even if one has the right to have the gun -- you got this many guns out there -- far more often, bad things happen (including unintentional things) than things where the presence of a gun diminishes or averts danger." – Bob Costas to Bill O'Reilly
Not true. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year -- or about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. (1)
Even anti-gun researchers have conceded that guns are used 1.5 million times annually for self-defense. According to the Clinton Justice Department, there were as many as 1.5 million cases of self-defense with a firearm every year. The National Institute of Justice published this figure in 1997 as part of "Guns in America" -- a study which was authored by noted anti-gun criminologists Philip Cook and Jens Ludwig. (2)
So where does the guns-are-more-likely-to-harm-you theory come from?
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