On Wednesday Bob Costas decided to flaunt his anti-gun views by challenging any pro gun supporters to a little wager. NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox decided to accept this bet on Friday.
So here is the bet. Costas has long been an outspoken critic of gun ownership, especially with athletes. He bet that if someone were to track defensive gun uses versus gun related violent incidents within athletic circles that the negative stories would out number the positive.
Here are the exact words Costas used when talking with Late Night host Seth Myers,
“Here’s what I would say to anybody who any time they hear the word guns automatically goes off, like, ‘Oh, they’re going to repeal the Second Amendment,’” Costas said. “Let’s make a bet, you and me. Let’s say over the next five years we’ll do a Google search. We’ll have an independent party monitor it. You keep track of how many good and constructive things are associated with athletes having a gun, and I’ll keep track of all the tragedies and criminality and folly. And let’s see who comes out ahead or behind as the case may be.”
Here is video of the interview with Costas:
NRA’s Chris Cox knows how ignorant Costas really is on the real statistics with defensive gun uses so he decided to take Bob up on his bet.
Cox explained in an article on the Daily Caller that most defensive gun uses never make the news. After all, media outlets only report the news that gives them ratings and that’s general the bad news. Even if a gun is used to scare off a potential threat without ever being fired it’s just not as exciting for a leftist media machine.
In the Article Cox explained,
“The reason you don’t see those stories reported isn’t because they don’t exist. In fact, they occur thousands upon thousands of times every year – far more often than the tragedies and criminality and folly of which Costas speaks. You don’t see them reported because they don’t drive up ratings.”
In light of the statistics we already have from the CDC Cox really has an unfair advantage against Costas, even though Costas doesn’t know it yet. The numbers are overwhelmingly in favor of defensive gun uses versus violent crimes with guns. Of course, if Costas wants to use such an “official” source as Google to get his numbers for such a bold claim, there will be many ways to spin his results.
Chances are if a famous athlete grabs his gun when he hears a noise outside in the middle of the night and a potential intruder runs off you won’t hear about it in the news, if the athlete even reports the incident.
However the 2013 CDC study concluded that,
“Defensive uses of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed. Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.”
Even in cases where guns are used for violence, when there is a concealed carrier or good guy with a gun on the scene to stop the robber or intruder the injury rates for the innocent plummets.
It has yet to be seen if Costas will acknowledge his bet being taken up by the NRA director, but if real stats are used it will be an easy win for Cox. Cox has stated that if he wins this bet he wants Costas to get rid of all armed security at his events for a year. Sounds reasonable.