Much hullabaloo has been made since Bob Costas made an ill-advised political statement during Sunday Night Football. I’d not seen it; I’m not a football fan.
As I understand it he said both the NFL football player who killed his girlfriend, and she would still be with us, if it weren’t for the tool used – a gun.
Tell that to Nicole Brown Simpson.
A good friend of mine passed suddenly, almost a year ago. While his wife and I were never close, I check in with her from time-to-time, to make certain she’s ‘okay’. At least, doing as best as she can. Holidays are always tough for such folks. I know.
Mark loved guns, and loved shooting. I was proud to have him for a student and a friend. But his wife just never understood the appeal of firearms. They frightened her, and she had no desire to educate herself to work through her fear. After his passing, she gave Mark’s guns and gun stuff to her gunnie son-in-law. A good choice, except, of course, now she has none.
Both Mr. Costas and Mark’s wife have the right to their opinions, as we do to ours. The ability to have differing opinions is one of the things which makes our Nation great. It’s too bad neither person took the opportunity to educate themselves past their fears.
I fear for Mark’s wife, living alone in a large house, with no protection at all. Their ridgeback died a couple years ago. I’ve no such fears for Mr. Costas – the network probably provides him with armed security, so he’ll be alright.