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December 3rd, 2012
05:08 PM ET

Opinions and Broadcasting

By quoting another sports reporter during a football broadcast on Sunday night, veteran broadcaster Bob Costas appeared to take a side on the controversial issue of gun control.

Some people think Costas did the right thing by drawing attention to the issue; others say he shouldn't have voiced his opinion or brought up the issue at all.

What's your take on what Costas did?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Please remember to include only your first name when responding to this post.


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  1. Hope

    I think he chose a good time to brodcast because everyone was watching. He did the right thing because people need
    to know about it.

    December 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Cela

      After watching "CNN Student News," I don't think it was a cogent idea to bring up gun control in a sports setting. While the sports cast is going on, nobody knows who is watching. Kids of all ages may be watching this verbose show about sports with their familes and then all of a sudden, the subject changes to gun control. In a child's world, this may be a scary subject for them. Kids younger than 6 probably don't know what a gun is. And when they learn the negatives about them they can become very scared and alarmed.

      December 6, 2012 at 8:14 am |
  2. Kate

    Good idea to share what you support but I think you should wait till the time is right.

    December 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  3. Parth

    I personally think that news and the media in general should be unbiased. Unless it is supposed to be an opinion column, I feel that it is important for the media to stay neutral and just give the facts so the reader or viewer can come up with their own opinion on the issue

    December 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  4. Amanda

    No, there is a code of ethics journalists follow. Isn't one of those the adherence to standards of objectivity? –Amanda

    December 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  5. Jalil

    I think he should have because he didn't do anything wrong just gave his opinion on something that happened thats all

    December 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  6. Cydney

    The reporter might not have picked the most appropriate time but he shouldn't be receiving hate and unkind comments from others. He must have felt strongly about it and others should respect his opinions.

    December 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  7. Andrew

    I think he should of voiced the issue but not at that time because I think the chiefs and everyone else is trying to remember the good times not the bad.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Elizabeth

    I feel equally about both sides. While gun control is an important issue, it wasn't necessary for the reporter to bring it up. Even though this controversial problem needs to be addressed, there are points in time where it is not appropriate to bring it up, such as at halftime.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Miguel

    What I think costa did was not good. i also think that they should take him to jail mostly for evry ones safty.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  10. Matthew

    I think that as long the quote was fairly short, it was absolutely fine that Bob Costas brought up the topic of gun control. We have freedom of speech, right? I understand that the others probably just wanted to focus on the football game that was taking place at the moment, and not start talking about something totally different, but they should let Mr. Costas speak, and then just get back into football.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:06 am |
  11. Alex

    I think Bob Costas should not have taken a side on a controversial issue during a football game. Whether you agree or disagree with what he said, he should have expressed sympathy towards the tragedy – not cause any controversy. After tragedies like these many people feel sensitive. A moment of silence held by the NFL should not have been followed by anything that may be deemed controversial.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  12. Zak

    While it's all right to talk about gun control, as it's a very important subject, talking about it during half time wasn't the best time to do that. People do not want to hear about this stuff during a football game. Don't get me wrong I'm sorry to hear about Mr. Belcher and Ms. Perkins and I wish to offer my condolences, but people didn't watch football to hear about gun control. Mr. Costas could have talked about it at another time.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  13. Joshua

    Bob Costas was quite inappropriate with his mentioning of this controversial issue, because he used this tragic death to talk about guns when in truth, guns had nothing to do with this tragedy. Both of them would most likely still be dead with or without guns, but he exploited this incident to talk about gun control and it was rude and wrong.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:06 am |
  14. Lance

    Gun control is a topic that should be discussed on a sports news program because in this case it involved a professional athlete, but it should not be discussed during a sporting event when people are just trying to enjoy watching their team play.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:22 am |
  15. Cindy

    Costas did the right thing to talk about the dangers of guns right after an example of someone using a gun in the wong way. Since it was at a football game, a lot of people probably listened to his thoughts and warning. Not only was it told to a lot of people, but everybody could see an example of what Costas was talking about. They got to experience what dangerous means and they can believe it, because they saw it. I think that helped teach the people there about the dangers of guns in a way they will never forget, making them more catious and thoughtful about the topic.

    December 4, 2012 at 6:04 am |
  16. Lucy

    It incites people to think about particulary bad sides of gun control like the reporter.
    Gun control is so important enough to attract public attention.
    Actually, I agree the reporter's thinking but he should have to be wary of his speaking on air.

    December 4, 2012 at 6:23 am |
  17. Daniel

    I think it is good that he spoke to the public to address the rudeness of the shooting.

    December 4, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  18. Kiara

    I think what Costas did was completely uncalled for. Everyone is entitled to their own opinons and create chaos for what others say. Saying it on national tv even worse! Plus i do not think he should have even metioned it.

    December 4, 2012 at 7:42 am |
  19. Austin

    Just because some people decided to use guns in a harmful way to other doesn't mean everyone should be punished. Most people use them in the right way.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:00 am |
  20. Emile

    I think it was the right thing to do because us as Americans need to know that there horrible things going on in our world and has been, to many people are buying guns like Jack Holmes for bad reasons. Us as Americans need o be aware of these things as they go on.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  21. Emile

    It was the right thing to do. Americans need to be aware of gun control. We are in a bad time. Guns havs been in hands of the wrong people. We are in a time of war! People can't hide from this violence they have to know about what is going on in America

    December 4, 2012 at 8:06 am |
  22. Brooke

    Bob Costas did the right thing because a lot of people watch the NFL and it is a good way to draw attention to both gun violence and domestic violence. It is also tragic that Jovan Belcher committed suicide.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:07 am |
  23. Nigel

    I think it was right to talk about gun control. It was right because the player shot hi girlfriend and maby his baby. I think he might be on drugs,or he was sick

    December 4, 2012 at 8:12 am |
  24. Austin

    Just because some people decided to use guns in harmful ways, shouldn't punish those who use them responsibly.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:13 am |
  25. Creed

    I think it was a good idea, because there are huge gun issues these days, and deaths

    December 4, 2012 at 8:17 am |
  26. Eldora

    I Think It Was A Good Idea To Bring Up Gun Control. I Think It Was Okay Because A Lot Of People Were There And Not A Lot Of People Talk About Gun Control So Everybody Was Listening.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:19 am |
  27. Shawn

    I think it was aprotpeit at half time because the football's girlfriend got killed and that might mean alot to him because at least he will know someone won't die so easily by a gun agin.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:21 am |
  28. Emile

    It was the correct thing to do. We are in a very tragic and horrible time. The Iran war, the wars in the Middle East, this summer July 20th Jack Holmes killed many. Guns are getting in the hands of the wrong people. Us as Americans need to know this. We can't hide from the violence. We all need to know this

    December 4, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  29. Seth

    Bob costas did say it at the right time it was a football player that murdered his girl friend and also took his life but he didnt know if the people at the footbal game would feel of course most of them just want them to get back to the foot ball game.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  30. Sarah

    I don't think he should have brought up that subject, during a half time show. If someone wants to watch sports they want to watch sports, not gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  31. Anthony

    I don't think that this should be discussed it because thst is for the other people to handle.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:35 am |
  32. samuel

    I do believe that it is important as a nation to discuss important issues such as gun control, especially after a tragedy, but if I decide to watch sports then that's what I want. He should discuss it, just not during the middle of a game.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:35 am |
  33. Hannah

    I think that Bob Costas should not have brought up the subject about gun control because I'm pretty sure nobody will want to hear about gun control at a football game. I mean come on GET TO THE GAME.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  34. Eric

    I don"t think he should have said that in front of everyone because he should have just kept it to his self.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Eric

      I agree with you on that. Even though i have never heard of this perosn before until now.

      December 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
      • riley

        why thank you

        December 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  35. Sylvia

    I think Bob Costas should have spoken about gun control during school instead of at halftime or on the. That just makes the players sad before the last half and should be done at a better time.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  36. Timmy

    yes I agree that it should have been discussed because that way other people should know

    December 4, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  37. Bobby

    I think he shouldn't be able to do that because people turned that channel on to watch football. When I am watching football I like to hear about other highlight plays or how the other games are going. If somebody started talking about gun control when I was watching football I would change the channel. I don't he should ever do that again.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  38. David

    well i think Costas has a reason about gun control but i think he did the speech at the wrong time because people paid to see a football game not gun control assembly

    December 4, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  39. Hunter

    Bob Costas should have done this somewhere else, maybe on Twitter or some other popular website. He ruined a good football game by announcing this. People turned on that channel for a good game of NFL not Bob Costas saying we should have gun control. Because after that everyone that wanted to watch he game initially will be debating over gun control. And besides, we have news channels for that gun control garbage. If we go onto NFL to get away from all that and watch some football, BOOM! There's Costas talking up gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  40. Mary

    I don't think it was necessary for Costas to voice his opinion, surely they can have a moment to remember him, but the people tuned in to watch football, not hear what Costas had to say about the situation. The story is very sad, but his opinion wasn't necessary. On the news, it would be different but people watch football, to see football.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  41. Kaylee

    I think that Bob Costas speech is a good way to draw attention to gun control. However, I do think that there should be some other way to tell people about gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:38 am |
  42. Gabriel

    I think he should have discussed the news because he could tell the tragety strait foward to the people.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:38 am |
  43. Jasmine

    I dont think he should have decused, because why would someone have a gun at a football broadcast or game. but also, he could have decused it at a different time. that was just unnessaery of him. but it still a good idea of him to do it.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:38 am |
  44. Connor

    well. i don't really think he should have said something like that because he was basically humiliating the suicide victim and his family. plus everybody has their own opinion so he could have talked about it on you tube or somewhere else but to call out somebody who committed suicide is kind of ridiculous and rude what he did was not appropriate to be on A HALF TIME SHOW.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:39 am |
  45. Tyler

    No, I think it would've been better to talk about it at another time then in between a football game.Guns and Football have nothing in common he should have talked about it during a news cast not during a game.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:39 am |
  46. Quionee

    I don't think he shoul have talked about gun control because it was during a half time report and you should be talking about football.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  47. Josh

    i think it was a good idea to talk during a halftime show but some people might be getting chips soda etc

    December 4, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  48. Payton

    I do not agree with the fact that they were disscussing gun control on a half time show. I am aware that on of the boys was involed, and that it is a big problem facing americans today, but the viewers tuned in for football. It is one thing to state the facts about the situation, but to state opinions is anouther thing on live TV. If he really wanted to say something like that, he could of posted it on facebook.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:41 am |
  49. Anthony

    I think he did a good job educating us about gun control but what i didn't like is that he added his opinions about the situation.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  50. Kiara

    I think that talking about Coastes was not a good idea. People are at the football game to watch the game not hear opinoins. I think it was a good thought it just wasn't the right time. I believe in that people should be able to hold a gun though. The talk about all this stuff on the news and maybe he should have gotton on the news and talked about it.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  51. Mehdi

    I think that he had the right to talk about the tragedy because it happened in a football game and he is the commentator so therefore I think it was a good choice to broadcast it.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:56 am |
  52. Alison

    I think it was absolutely the right thing for Bob Costas to bring up the subject of gun control during half time of the game. Every time we as a nation experience a tragedy, part of the healing process comes through looking for something good to come out of it. Perhaps this tragedy can lead to a greater awareness of domestic violence, gun control, and even the impact of traumatic brain injury on athletes.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:57 am |
  53. Michael

    I think they could of waited after the game because it intruded the half time and it didn't relate to football.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  54. Grace

    I think that if it is an important topic to discuss, he should discuss it.
    It's his opinion on what he should talk about at half time!

    December 4, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  55. Seth

    I think he was brave to do that on TV. Lots of people were watching and I think it was good to discuss because it was a matter that was about a football player. So when they discussed it on Sports channel all the football player fans would know about this. It would be kind of weird if they did not put that on the channel. They would need so bring up some time.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  56. Billy

    I was watching the game last Sunday and I do not think that that is an appropriate topic for a half time show. I wanted to watch football, not hear some person's opinions on gun control. I do agree that it is a tragedy but I did not think it was a good thing to talk about when people are wanting to hear about other topics.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:02 am |
  57. Dominic

    I support the idea that Bob Costas talked about gun control and that we need to be cautious about it, because if we start arguing and go right for the gun instead of working things out, it will result in violence.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  58. Brittany

    I think that is was the right thing for Bob Costas to bring up. When the football player killed himself I think it got the nation's attention on gun control. Because the U.S. gives citizens the right to bear arms. But I think that when someone has a gun and are in an argument we usually reach for a gun to shoot the person that we are having the argument with.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  59. Nolan

    I think that Bob Costas made the right decision to go on at half time and talk about gun control because it was a big part of the situation. I think that it was good to draw attention to the issue because that wouldn't of happened if the kansas City player didn't have a gun in his possesion.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  60. Lily

    I think that it was the right thing to do, because people should no what the football player did and that having a handgun in the house doesn't make you safer it makes your house more dangerous when you are arguing. I think that what the football player did was wrong and that we should try to make sure that it does happen again. I think that the news reporter did the right thing of bring this subject up during a football game when a lot of people are watching.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:04 am |
  61. Bobby

    I wanted to watch football, not listen to some dudes cheese against gun controlling.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:04 am |
  62. Amanda

    I think that he should haven't interrupted football for the gun control "lesson" and should have done it at a better time like later on the news. I think that the time be for the game when they were giving an acknowledgement was good for that time.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  63. Nathan

    I think what Bob Costas did during Sunday night's game was a really good choice on his part because a lot of people are watching on TV. Even though that would bug me while I was watching a game, it was a smart choice

    December 4, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  64. luke

    I agree with what is going on and dont care.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  65. Mrs. Jackson's class

    We think Bob Costas had a right to state his opinion because of the 1st amendment and he could reach lots of people during the football game. BUT, gun control is not the issue. Guns don't kill; people do. We need to work to help people make good decisions and we do not necessarily need to change gun laws.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:30 am |
  66. Makenna

    Most people already knew about what happened. HIm bringing it up again just made it worse.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:30 am |
  67. Pyper

    I don't believe Bob should have done that because it was a sports program, not a news cast. Sports programs are for talking about sports, and a news cast is for talking about news and politics.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  68. Bev & Aly

    We think that bringing up the issue was a bad idea, because when they had their game it seemed to just take up time and the audience disliked that. We believe that it also was wrong because it is the owners' responsibility to handle a gun, but the Costas just went on and on....
    So overrall Bob shouldn't have brought the issue to attention; the person who should've been talked to was already gone.
    ~~ALY&BEVIEEEEEE~~

    December 4, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  69. Emmaline

    I think it was a good idea to do it during the football. For the reason that a lot of people watch football games and if something is on during your game it's a good way to get word out about stuff like this. Also Bob Costas was talking about a football player which made it a good idea to do the speech during the football game.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  70. Rachel

    I think sure people don't want to be interrupted when they just came to see football but so many deaths or terrible accidents have happened because of the not right gun control that people need to get the message that this problem is serious.
    What better way to do that then a football game were lots of people would be paying attention.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  71. Tabitha

    I think that Costas had a right to talk about gun control because it obviously is an issue among the people of this nation.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  72. Adam

    I think that the issue should be addressed because so many people die of gun violence each day but I also think that he shouldn't have gave his personal opinion because his opinion could have been offensive to some one else with a different opinion.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  73. Mark

    This is a good thing Bob Costas did this. Gun control is a big problem in United States with murders occurring more than it should. A football game is a great way to spread the word.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  74. Margela

    I do not agree. I don't agree because its not for the owners of the mailbox and its not fair to the people that smashed it. The people that smashed the mailbox should pay the owners instead of doing push ups. Next time this happens the officer shouldn't make them do push ups, he should press charges to the people that smashed it.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  75. Skylar

    That it was a bad idea cause the football team lost not only a team mate but a brother.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  76. Alexandria

    I think he did the right thing by addressing the issue, but He should not have done it at a football game because people at the game came to watch football and the people watching football at home are watching football for a reason and not to listen to someone talking at the game. Everyone has their mind on the game so they were probably not paying attention to what Costas was saying.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  77. Logan

    I do not agree with Bob Costas. I do not agree with Bob Costas because he should not have said any thing about at that moment in time. I think he should have approved it in a different way like maybe if they go over game highlights and said we had a tragic gun tragedy. I think it would have been best if he did not say any thing about it because he could be reminding the family's of their lost ones and that is just something you don't do and you could spark ideas into other minds to do the same.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  78. Nathan

    I think that the police officer did a nice job of deciding a punishment but I don't side with saying it will do anything. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say "they will probably do it again". It wasn't very good not to report the vandalization to other authorities. So I say I really didn't like what they did.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  79. Megan

    This should not have been discussed on tv,yes he is entitled to his opinion but on live tv when a lot of people did not know was uncalled for.If people want to talk about it then have a town meeting and discuss it then.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  80. Jason

    I think he did the right thing. By announcing this, a lot of people would hear and pay attention to it. If he didn't, not as many people would hear him. If there is controversy over this I don't see why.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  81. Maddie

    I think that he did the right thing about bringing it up. I say this because people need to hear this so they can remind other people about it too. I also think that is a quick reminder of what the wrong and the right thing was. I know that you shouldn't have done that so, I think that is why he announced it. Lastly, I think that it was the right thing to do because maybe people in the stands can pray for them, and now they know that it is the wrong thing to do.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  82. Erin

    I think that it is important to bring those kind of things up because people need to be aware about what is happening, good or bad. But I think that he should have talked about what we could do to prevent those things instead of encouraging it. So over all I think that was a good thing that he did.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  83. Kevin

    Yes, I think Costas is right about gun control because people don't really need to own a gun. Some people might say it is for self defense but if you shot someone you would might as well end up in jail. People died because of guns each day and other people only use guns for hunting which is only for certain seasons.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  84. Hadil

    I don't agree with the football player because he can go to jail for shooting his girlfriend. His parents would not like to see him go to jail because it is not good to go to jail and you can get suspended from football for doing that.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  85. Sarah

    I think he should've wait to give his opinion. He should've wait till the story was less of a big deal.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • brentt

      i think he should have not interrupted a good football game and with the talk of gun violence people were there to have a happy time not hear some guy lecture on about gun control but it would be okay if he brought up the topic in a rally or gun control campaign :D

      December 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  86. Zuhair

    I think it is good that he brought out his opinion because it could make a difference and show people how bad these weapons can be. So I think that only the police and military should have weapons.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Janessa

      I think that it was the perfect time to voice conserns. Many people watch the sport so it will geared by many people. This issue needs to be addressed.

      December 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  87. Jessy

    I agree with him. I agree with him because gun violence is a very serious thing. Since that happen to one of the team mates I think it should have been spoke of at some point. I think he brought it up because he wanted to warn the players that this is not OK. This is a serious thing it should not be joked about.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:50 am |
  88. Eliza

    I think that Costas was just trying to bring attention to the issue but, I don't agree with his choice to bring it up in the middle of the game. People probably already knew something was going on but, during a game when everyone is having a good time? That brings parents to worry that something like this would happen to their children or someone that's close to them, really soon. People in that town will have heard it on the news anyway. That way people are aware and aren't as frantic as if they were in a good mood.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:50 am |
  89. Justin

    I think that it is good that he brought up the issue of gun control because now people might know more about gun control then they did before. Also the gun control rate should go down after the halftime show. I think that it was good that he gave his personal opinion.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:50 am |
  90. Brandon

    I do not agree with Bob Costas. I do not agree with him because I thought he should have not talked about this topic right away. I think he should have not said anything because it could make family's remember lost ones which will make them sad and because other people might have different opinions so he should have kept his opinion to himself. I also think he should not have spark a idea on gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  91. Adams

    Costas spoke from the heart and one cannot fault him for that.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  92. Angie and Reilly

    I feel that it shouldnt have been brought up on a sports game. People came to watch a sports game! Not a speech about how the whole reason that this happened was because of guns.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  93. Zuhair

    I think it is good that he brought out his opinion and it can show how dangerous these weapons can be. I think that only the police and military should have weapons.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  94. Cornelius

    A reporter needs to report the facts. Opinions should not be given as part of a news report

    December 4, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  95. Kiona

    No, I don't think he should have done that.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  96. Blake

    I don't think that he should've discussed this during half-time. He choose the wrong time to adress this. That was a mistake.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  97. zach

    i think it was wrong beacuse nobody wanted to talk about what happend beacuse it just happend and people are trying to watch football and not talk about gun control he should be punished for doing that.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  98. Shakaya

    I think he should've discussed it , so that people can understand how gun control could be avoided.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  99. Boston

    I think that it was a good idea for Bob Costas to bring up his veiws on gun control during Sunday night football. He knew that more people would tune in to a football game then a 1 hour newscast on a news channel. Knowing this, he made his views, and the issue, more known to people in the US.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  100. Douglas

    I think that it was a good idea to do it during halftime since a lot of people watch football, but i think it was totally off topic and innapropriate

    December 4, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  101. jose

    i think that bob Costas should talk what he was feeling when he killed his girlfriend

    December 4, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  102. Nana

    I think Bob Costas should have disscussed the issue; it's draiwing attetion to the people who watch football shwoing in a football it very considerate and making sure everyone who watches football it aware of gun controll.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  103. Kiona

    No, I don't think he should have done that. I don't think he should have done that becasue it was not his place to talk about that incident.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  104. Lauren

    I think its really good to talk about it because, people shouldnt act like that kind of stuff doesnt happen out there. People watch football and alot of people will now know about gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  105. Kiona

    No, I do not think he should have dont that. I do not think he should have done that, because it was not his place to talk about that information, nor the time.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  106. Lotus

    Well, I know that he was just trying to share his opinion, but he should do that on his own time, instead of doing so when he should have been doing his job. People turned to the channel for football, not for opinions on gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  107. jadon

    yea i think he should have spoke on gun control because poeple need to understand the dangers of a gun because this wouldnt have happen if he diddn't have a gun. and i dont undertsand how poeple could not understand why he shouldnt bring up gun control. becuase thats why poeple are dieing these days.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  108. Marcus

    My opinion is that Bob Costas chose a inappropriate time to speak about gun safety. The whole Chiefs' team was already very emotional that day.. he could've just spoke about it after the whole week 13 ended. Speaking at halftime was not a good choice by Bob Costas.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  109. Amber

    I don't think that he should of brought the topic up at that time because gun control is a whole different topic than football and it could have been talked about later and it probably ruined the rest of the game for some people

    December 4, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  110. theodore

    theres a time and place to mention certain things a football game is not a right place to mention gun control

    December 4, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  111. naila

    I think its alright because that way everyone can pay attention and there would be no distractions.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  112. Samantha

    My opinion is that he shouldn't have said that at the half time show. It might offend the people in the crowd. Also the NFL Players. And the people watching the game, also the family that lost part of there family.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  113. TJ

    i believe this was a little inappropriate for bob costas to bring up gun control during a football game but they did bring up how this football player did kill himself ans some else so it could go either way but i do think they could have not brought up this situation because it wasn't about football

    December 4, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  114. Jake

    Gun control is an issue that Americans need to talk about as a nation, but the middle a football game isn't the time to do it. People had gone to watch a football game, not to get thrown into the middle of a debate.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  115. Megan

    Bob Costas should not have talked about gun control during the halftime show. It was not the right time or place to be talking about it. People need time to mourn and heal, especially the players and the coaches.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  116. Mattie

    He shouldn't have brought it up during halftime, because people are there to watch football not get into an argument about gun control. There is other ways to approach the situation.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  117. Avan

    No, because football is suppose to be a sport everybody likes and he was just making people madby talking about gun control

    December 4, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  118. Macie

    I think that it wasn't a good time to talk about what happened especially when the team that lost the player is one of the teams playing. Also blaming it on gun control wasn't right, and over all i found it disrespectful.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  119. mercedes

    I think that even though that because the thing that happened at the NLF football game I don't think that a guy should just be able to come out and talk that people shouldn't have guns and gun controversy.when some people didn't even know what was going on.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  120. Drew

    No he shouldn't of brought it up at half time because what if the people who loved him was watching and got mad at Bob Costas. In his head it could of seemed right but to most people it couldn't of been brought up.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  121. Cody

    I don't agree with what he said, because people like that are going to get guns no matter what the law says.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  122. Shelby

    I think it`s a good idea that he brought it up because it`s relevant. I also think he should of mentioned it on twitter or a different social media instead of a game.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  123. Jasmine

    I don't think a football game was the right time to bring up this issue, people were there to watch a football game not listen to him talk about politics. We have the news for that.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  124. Alyssa

    He should've waited till the game was over, I respect it in every way but theres a reason why they went to that channel ... which is football.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  125. Emily

    I don't think he should have talked about it at the game, because people who go to these games don't want to constantly think about people who have killed themselves.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  126. Dylan

    I don't think Bob Costas should have talked about gun control in the middle of the foot ball game it wasn't right because there were kids there also and i don t think it was right so it should have been done and it was inappropriate f.or young people

    December 4, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  127. Ethan

    I don't think it was a very good idea bringing up gun control during half time. That should be saved for the government.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  128. Trey

    I just think that if Bob Costas wanted to bring it up during halftime when his opinion could reach millions of people, he had every right to do so because of the first amendment which upholds free speech.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  129. Dillon

    Since this tragedy happened to a football player/NFL team, I think Bob Costas was right to bring it up. Isn't it going to be talked about on all sports broadcasts/radio programs anyway?? What's the difference in TV and radio??

    December 4, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  130. Leo

    I think that it was nice that someone said something but it was bad timing for all the football fans.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  131. Noah

    I think it was just at the wrong time football is football and talking time is talking time but i do strongly support that people do talk about gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  132. McKenna

    I think he did it at the right time because every one was there but if he were to wait then he would not of got the word out to so many people plus it's not like there's anything going on at half time.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  133. Chloe

    I think he did the right thing. I am totally with him on this. Some people may think it was dumb to do in the middle of a football game, but it's a really important topic. A lot of people go to football games and watch them so, there was a lot of people three.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  134. Owen

    I think that it was a good idea to do his comment on gun control because football is a famous sport and everyone watched, so people can know and think about it.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  135. Shyanna

    It was not right for him to talk about that because he should have been talking about football not guns.
    :)

    December 4, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  136. August

    I dont think he should have done it at a halftime show. Also, Guns don't kill people, people kill people.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:36 am |
  137. Courtney

    I think Costas was right in voicing his opinion on gun safety...nothing changes unless people speak out on the issue.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  138. John

    I thinke something needed to be seas but not at haft time of the game

    December 4, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  139. Stephanie

    I do believe that this should have been brought up. Gun control is a big thing. We need to have a better safety in the US. If there aren't regulations to the use of guns more people WILL BE HARMED! Though there is always going to be a problem with guns if we regulate the uses and and the ownership of guns there will be less harm done, the crime rate is redicolous!

    December 4, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  140. Brooke

    I think it was wrong for Bob Costas to even think of confronting the issue at a half time football game. He should have talked about it someother time. It was too early to talk about the issue. He needs to think about what the teams going through at the moment.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  141. Samantha

    I think Costas did the right thing by bringing the gun issue to attention because other kids might think that it's okay for other people to attempt suicide

    December 4, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  142. Lucas

    I belive Bob had the right to talk about gun control. Even though it might not have been a great time to do so, it had to be done.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  143. Dea Dea

    I think he shouldn't of talked about it. That was rude of him at the game.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  144. Lindsey

    I don't think he should've brought the issue up because it was a personal matter that only should've been discussed between the team

    December 4, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  145. Logan

    I do agree with Bob Costas. I agree with Bob costas because he said it at the right time and every one is giving him slack about it. Yes it could remind the family about it but it was the guy chose and the guy wanted to shoot him self they don't have to bring the slack to the coach it was his chose to kill him self.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  146. Dixon

    I think he shouldn't he was trying to get through to them an talk about it to tell them it's ok an how bad it was but dissing the guns an saying the guns are ok to have an all but the insident was not good

    December 4, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  147. Mandi

    I think it was wrong to mention something about it at that time because some people may be having a hard time getting over it and then having him remind people of it.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  148. Charles

    Although gun control is a controversial issue in the country, it shoudln't be discussed on an NFL braodcast. If you want to hear and debate about gun control, you should tune into a news station. The NFL is for football, not for politics.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  149. Brad

    I think he should have waited to talk about it, it was wrong to talk about it during a football game, it was a very bad decision.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  150. Meghann

    I say that bringing up the issue was a good thing since it would make more people aware of the issue.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  151. Ashley

    Bob Costas probably should have chosen a better time to talk about gun control. It is an important issue because people get out of control with it. The people were there to watch the game, and maybe they didn't want to hear about it when they were there to have fun.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  152. Julie

    I think it is good what Costas did and brought it up because it is not right to just shoot people and that we should stop gun violence even though people say guns are safe.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  153. Mrs. Anne's class

    Bob Costas addressing gun control was a tremendous idea because millions of people watch the show.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  154. Williesha

    I think that everyone has the right for Freedom of Speech. Everyone has the right to have their own opinion. I think that he did the right thing by drawing attention to the issue because people need to start realizing that gun control is a huge issue in the United States and that we need to start focusing on a way to resolve it. This situation with the football player is just another example of a person misusing his right to have a weapon meant for protection. Maybe now that Bob Costas has stated his opinion, people will start to think and finally realize that this is a problem.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  155. Nathan

    Bob Costas missed the boat on this one. This is not an issue of gun control but an issue of domestic violence. If Belcher did not have a gun then he would have used another weapon. Maybe a baseball bat, then Mr. Costas would be call for more control over bats.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  156. Shania

    I believe that it was a good time for Bob Costas to bring it up. Many people aren't aware of the uprising in domestic abuse. This issue needs to be heard. Many people see football players as iconic symbols, but when things like this are happening, should they?

    December 4, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  157. Nicole

    I think halftime of the football game may not have been the best decision but it was the best way to get his voice heard to the viewers, but you have to be able to speak at the right place and at the right time.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  158. Lauren

    I don't think that it was a good idea to talk about gun control at half time at a football game even though it was about a guy who killed his girlfriend and then himself. I don't think it's right I think that they should have had better control in the gun safety or else this would have not have happened

    December 4, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  159. Jacob

    I believe that to talk about gun control on a halftime show is not relevant to what is happening on tv at the moment, but it does make sense to shed some light on the subject because it needs to be addressed. This maybe be a very controversial issue that needs to be adressesed elsewhere.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  160. Harley

    I think he did the right thing to talk about gun control because it was an emotional day for all nfl fans, and especially an emotional day for the Kansas city chiefs.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  161. Marisa

    I don't think there is a bad time to talk about a serious topic like this. Saying it at half time is a good way to put the word out there because many people are watching and this is not something to just overlook. It needed to be said and it was, I don't see why people are dwelling on it as it was an important and relavent topic.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  162. Jonathan

    I think its the tong time to bring up the situation he should have waited for a better time not in the middle of a football game.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  163. Matthew

    I think Costas did the right thing bringing the issue up. Doing so during a halftime show was an easy way to make sure you had a large audience for such an important topic.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  164. jacob

    i think it was not smart for bob castas to start talking about the issue of gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  165. Michelle

    I think Bob Costa did the right on quoting another sports reporter on the gun control issue because the issue was pertaining to sports since the most recent accident happened with a football player in which he killed his girlfriend . I do agree that the world tries to avoid talking about this certain subject about gun control because it’s a contradiction to defend ourselves but now people use it as the answer confront anyone or to solve any problem instead of talking it out.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  166. Savanna

    He had good intentions, but he should of waited to draw attention to domestic violence after the game. The moment of Silence for the player was the right thing to do.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  167. Wendell

    I admire Bob Costas for standing up for his beliefs. However, I think that the topic was inappropriate during a sports broadcast.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  168. Suny

    I think what the man did was a good thing! People should understand the situation and know what's going on so they'd be aware of these kind of issues! Speaking up is a good thing of Costas.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  169. Joel

    There was no point in doing it before the game. that puts everyone in a bad mood and decreases everyone's excitement to play. He had good intentions, but there's a right time and place for everything.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  170. Suny

    What Costas did was a good thing and people shouldn't disagree. He was just trying to speak up and aware people of these kind of situations.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  171. Jackson

    Although Costas certainly had the right, and maybe the responsibility, to talk about gun control, but that's not what the people watching the game tuned in to see. They wanted to watch an NFL game, and instead found Bob Costas talking about gun control. That is certainly an appropriate topic for a news show, but not for the halftime report of an NFL contest.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  172. Caleb

    I admire him standing up for what he believes, but gun control is just stupid. It will be prohibition all over again with innocent people unable to get guns while criminals will be able to get them illegally.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  173. dylan

    i believe the point he was trying to make is that domestic violence is a serious topic and that anything could happen

    December 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  174. Melissa

    I really don't see a problem with what Costas did. There was no harm done by bringing the subject up during the halftime show and he got people to start talking about the controversial subject which is what we need to do.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  175. Suny

    I think what the man did was correct. He was just trying to aware people of these kind of situations because lately it's been common.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  176. Jaron

    Bob Costas did the right thing by bringing that topic up because honestly we as people prefer to fain ignorance and think that where safe and that nothing bad could possibly happen to us. My opinion is that people should be concerned about whats happening around them instead of thinking that its got nothing to do with them because when you become someone facing down the barrel of a gun then it becomes another story all together.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  177. Alyssa

    I think it was a brilliant thing to do because people need to know about the seriousness of this issue. Also, I think its a really good way to get people's attention and make it stick with them since it was totally off topic, which I think would make it memorable.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  178. Wong

    I think that he just had a lot on his mind and he just needed to say it all at once. But this clearly was not an good time to do so, and thus saying it was wrong.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  179. seth

    i think that this is'nt right becase if they keep doing this who will be the one that is the last one a live and i don't want a pearson to kill me becaus no reason

    December 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  180. Eric

    I think that he did good in talking about gun control because if he would have done it at another time, a lot of people wouldn't have watched. Bob Costas is a famous guy so a lot of people were going to listen to him.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Eric

      That would seem like a bad idea. If i was him, i would've just kept it to my self.

      December 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  181. Madison

    I think that it was a very good idea to have the speech during the football halftime. It made it so thousands of people who were watching the game heard the importance of gun control, but it was also not what the people were there to see.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  182. Fobeio

    i think that they should not of talked about hand guns becaause people want to see a game not here about guns a a foot ball gome

    December 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  183. Jordan

    I think they should still talk about football and not too much news but i like what he says it just wasn't the right time to talk about that.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  184. Allison

    I think it was a good idea that he talked about gun control. Many people were watching it and it got the word across. People can become aware of what is happening.
    P.S. I think your punny

    December 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  185. Starrla

    What I think about the guy talking about the gun control was good. It is good for people to be aware of guns.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  186. Trevor

    i think what he said was a good idea,however it was a football game and people watched it for the game not to have to listen to him giving his opinion of the gun control situation

    December 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  187. Riley

    I think that it was good a idea because there was a lot a people watching and can become aware of what is happening.
    P.S I think your very punny

    December 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  188. Whitney

    Although he had the right (1st Amendment) to talk about it, I don't believe that it was appropriate to bring the topic of gun control up while broadcasting.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  189. braden

    i thank it is a great idea more people need to learn about it

    December 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  190. Tyler

    if it was not at the half time it would be a issue if it was not brought up at all.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  191. keegan

    i really did no him but there should be no one that goes suicide

    December 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  192. Matthew

    I think what Bob Costas did was great, gun violence is a giant problem in the u.s. and problems like this could have been stopped if people weren't toting aroung pistols I have had freinds die because of some fool was to itchy with the trigger.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  193. Riley

    i think he sould have waited untill halftime thats just rude to stop a game i the middle of it.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  194. Lizzie

    He should've not killed his girlfriend. Thats like killing God. He should regret this very badly. He should be sorry for what he did.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  195. Austin

    I don't think it was right for hIm to do that, people wanted to watch the game not here his opinion on gun control

    December 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  196. Kyle

    I think he did it at the aproprite time. It might of seemed like a bad time but he is saying what is on his mind.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  197. Ashley

    I think he did the right thing by bringing it up. The shooting does directly affect football and it is an issue we can't ignore.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  198. Hannah

    I believe that the broadcasting of an NFL game was not the place for a conversation on gun control. Yes, the nation needs to figure out how they stand on gun control but the game was neither the correct time nor place.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  199. bailey

    i think he did the right thing.its good he did because if you just let someone keep a gun in public it can cause violence and pottential death.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  200. mac

    he said it at a good time people are whatching and the messeage can get thorugh

    December 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  201. Bryan

    I believe that Bob Costas did the right thing on creating awareness on gun control and domestic abuse becauses millions of people are watching the game. It was a great way to create awareness!

    December 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  202. Abby

    I think Costas did the right thing, because drawing attention to the issue is the right thing and giving his opinion is okay.
    Also, it should be okay to give your opinion even if others don't like it.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  203. Logan

    I think it was a good thing he brought it up because most people watch the football games. People need to know about gun control and during a football game is a good time to get people's attention.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  204. Evena

    I think that it is a very importent problem but i do not think that half time was the most proper time.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  205. matthew

    I agree that he has an issue with gun control

    December 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  206. Aaron

    I think he should not be talking about it because Gun Control has nothing to do with what they are talking about during Half-Time.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  207. michael

    no i dont agree cuz he shouldnt be talking about gun stuff during a halftime because it should be a half time report about football

    December 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  208. Tyler

    No because he should say his problem on the news or other places.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  209. Nicole

    I believe that is was wrong for Costa to put his two sense into it becauase none of it involved him anyways and it won't be comforting for the family whatsoever. What he said was uncalled for.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  210. Emad

    The 25 year old was definetly wrong for what he did. He probably had a lot on his mind and had to let it all out at once.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  211. She' Quora

    I disagree with Bob Costas for what he did. It was very inappropriate for him to put his idea for gun control. It was really none of his business to make that comment he needs to keep it to hiself.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  212. Jonny

    I think he did the right thing by talking about gun control during the game, because Jovan Belcher was a football player, so everyone that loved football could watch and listen to the speech... So they could all love and remember him.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  213. Jake

    I agree he should be on the halftime broadcast. The team just dealt with a terrible event it seemed right to do.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  214. Savannah

    I disagree on what Costas did becuase, you can give hope and feel bad for their famillies and them but you don't have to say what happened again or give a gun speech on what happened because what happened has happened and its time to move on and hope it doesn't happen again.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  215. Lynda

    I feel that Mr. Costas has a right to his opinion, but it was not a good idea to use the medium of a football game to express his ideas as forcefully as he did.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  216. Chelsea

    I think he did a good thing because gun control is a huge issue and should be addressed.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  217. Ryder

    I think he should be quiet because people wants to watch tv and not listen to the reporters opinion.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  218. Jacob

    I think that he should be able to because it is half time a lot of people watch it so they can get it a cross the states easier

    December 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  219. Nicole

    I don't think it was necessarily a good or bad thing to do, because people SHOULD be aware of it and everyone DOES have the right to voice their opinion, but in this case it was done at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  220. Enrique

    Costas talked about gun control since it was an incident in football that prompted his opinion.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  221. Zach

    I think that I was a good idea to do it, just because there was many people there and a lot of people could hear what it's about.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  222. Ethan

    I believe that he should not have brought it up because if we wanted to hear about gun control we would watch the news. Football is for the football channel and news is for the news channel.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  223. Jared

    I think he should of because most people don't people remember safety rule when handling guns.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  224. Madison

    I think it was fine for Costas to bring up gun violence because it is a big safety concern an it is good for people to know about it.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  225. Dylon

    It was a iidea Bob Costas thought he should share with people his opion is his opion.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  226. Shyan

    I think Bob Costas did right thing because gun safety is a big issue and hearing it from a famous person will probably get it into more peoples head.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  227. Alex

    I think he did good because it will help people with gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  228. Skyler

    I think that they should have waited to make the announcement. A lot of people just want to watch the game and they could have done this at another time, rather than interrupting. It is an important topic that people should know about, but why does it have to be then?

    December 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  229. Vanessa

    I think it was a bad idea for Costas to do that because it was interrupting the performance and most people are already aware of gun violence.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  230. Dontae-alan

    I think bob costas did the right thing and was saying what ever he said.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  231. Tyler

    I think Bob Costas did the right thing by bringing up gun control because millions of people were watching and most of them are attentive to Costas because he is one of the best veteran sportscaster in America.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  232. Mark

    The issue of gun control is not discussed enough. More people would be aware of the issue because so many people watch football on Sunday nights, so it will reach a wider audience. Thumbs up to Bob Costas for speaking out about a controversial issue. While it was not his duty to say it, he did not step out of bounds by voicing his opinion. People cannot get upset with him because he was utilizing his first amendment rights.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  233. Keifer

    I don't think Costas should have done that because he had no right to be nosey about gun safety. And of all places to talk about gun safety he dose it at a football game.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  234. Michaella

    I think costas has his right to speak his words about gun contal because like any one he has his right to speak.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  235. Makala

    The halftime show is not the place to talk about gun control. If we wanted to talk about it, we would watch the news.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  236. Crysta

    I think costas should of kept it silent because they are all going to keep asking questions. And they are going to torment his parents and the team about it. He should get a fine because it was none of his business to but in.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  237. Allisa

    I think it was a good idea to announce it durning the football game so people know what has been going on.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  238. Haley

    I think Costas did the right thing by saying that to all the views. If its an issue to him then he has the freedom speech.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  239. Noah

    I think Costas did it at a inappropriate time. It was during half time of a football game! He should of done it like after the football game or even later.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  240. Brody

    I think it was a good decision on gun safety.theres a lot of crimes going around and people get hurt...

    December 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  241. Adriana

    Honestly I think costas should not of mentioned anything about gun control it's impolite and people might not want to know about it.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  242. Brady

    I think that he was being very noisy and he could of went to jail.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  243. brianna

    because it will be good to know at a different time on the news with kids.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  244. Adriana

    I think he did the right thing.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  245. Trent

    I do not belive he should of gave his opinion during the game. I was just trying to watch the game not to hear about gun control. I understand there needs to be more awerness on saftey but i also believe it was bad timing as well with what happend.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  246. Justine

    I think Bod Costas handled this situation very well because it was imporatant and needed to be heard but i dont think he should of spoke out about it durning a half time show

    December 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  247. jessica

    i feel like what Bob Costas did was inapporiated, yes he should of spoke out about it but it should of never been at the half time of a football game.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  248. Nathan

    I Believe that it was very important that Bob stepped up to the plate and express his opinion on this growing issue. Guns help people kill people.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  249. Olivia

    Bob Costas was okay in saying his opinion on gun control because it makes people aware of the dangers and consequences of using a gun in a violent manner. Many people die or are seriously injured because of people having guns and not using them correctly. But he should have used his own words to say his opinion. It would have been more powerful if he used his own words in getting his point across.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  250. William

    I think it was a bad thing to do at half time because there is people that do like talking about guns

    December 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  251. Damien

    I think that it was a wise decision for him to speak his mind during half time. It is his right to speak openly, and it was on an important subject like gun control. Wether he supported it or not, he still has the right to speak about it. It is a little odd that he would speak on it in the middle of a football game, with people that probably didn't want to hear about it, but it was his choice and it's his right.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  252. Haley

    I believe that it was appropriate for Bob Costas to express his opinion during half time because it reached out to the many people who have been affected by weapon violence, and since it was during a football game, more people were exposed to his opinion about gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  253. phillip

    i dont think it mattered the viewers can just change the channel

    December 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  254. Amanda

    i feel that it was ok for Costas to speak his opinion about gun control but i dont think half time was the place. i feel that he should have spoke his opinion in a more appropriate place.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  255. Mark

    I think that what Costas did was an unwise decision for there are correct places and correct times to speak your opinions, and this was not one of them. Most people who are watching football want to watch the game for amusement, not politics.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  256. Abby

    Speaking up about something of this magnitude is a good show of character, and the setting shouldn't matter. As long as it wasn't cutting into game time, it shouldn't be an issue.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  257. Michael

    I believe that while Costas was voicing a subject he felt compelled to just as anyone should, he simply picked the wrong place, time, and audience. The fact that he did not receive positive feedback regarding his speech showed that he chose the wrong group people to present his views on domestic violence and gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  258. Derek

    I don'y think he should of talked about that because that gives people thoughts.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  259. Ellie

    I don't think he should have said any thing, and I think he should have just done what he was suposed to because it really isn't his problem. He should have kept what he wanted to say to himself.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  260. Kylea

    I don't think he should have talked about the shooting during the game because it I don't think you should talk about that in front of a lot of people.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  261. Siera

    I think thatthe gun controll should be provided for us to have but strickter rules on the gun course and it should have to be renewed every few months

    December 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  262. Francisco

    Speaking out against domestic violence & gun control wasn't the best idea. Anyone could have a gun legally or illegaly. People are gonna get hurt because that's just how life is.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  263. brandon

    I think that it was smart of him to do that.Because people need to know about guns and safety.
    The people of the world are not very smart with guns because people will die if we don't fix this.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  264. Allison

    I think that he shouldn't have said anything about it because it was his choice to kill himself even though he shouldn't have.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  265. Victoria

    I think he should have kept it him self. There was really no reason to bring it up cause one your at a football game. And no one there is to talk about gun control. He should have brought it up during at a meeting about this.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  266. Mercedes

    I think that gun control is a big issue, and Costas did the right thing. Gun control has taken a huge turn, and people are using it on their own kind more than on things that are meant to be shot.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  267. grant

    I think that was not the beast time to bring it up and i'm a hunter so he should of known that people are hunters and he's saying that guns are bad no there not if you give it to a responsible person.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  268. Dallas

    I tink that is not smart because that is kind of making fun of the player, but it is smart to make sure that everyone knows the gun rights.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  269. Parker

    I don't think that Bob Costas should have brought up the gun rights in the halftime of the Kansas Chiefs game.
    ~parker

    December 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  270. Amanda

    My opinion is that since he was a NFL football player it makes sense to bring it up at NFL game but I can also see why not to bring it up. He probably should of thought about it before he actually did what he did.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  271. Kaisha

    I think that it was a good thing Bob Costas spoke during half time, It might not have been the best time but people need to know about the issue.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  272. Perla

    Bob Costas shouldn't have talked about gun control during the halftime show because people tune in to watch football. There may have been families watching with little children who shouldn't hear about that when their families are trying to have a good time.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  273. Mari

    I think it made perfect sense, because it was during the football game and the guy was a foot ball player.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  274. Richie

    No, I think he should have waited until After the games.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  275. Lexie

    I think that Bob Costas should not have talked about gun control on a national broadcast of the NFL. If he felt that he needed to talk about it on tv, then he should of got a seperate time to do so. People wanted to watch football, not hear about a subject like that.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  276. Tiffany

    I think that it was the wrong time and place for Bob Costas to talk about gun control. I think this because it was a football game and not a political discussion.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  277. victoria

    I think that it was both because you have peoples attention but bad because you don't want to talk about that at a football game.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  278. Ty

    Bob Costas probably should have spoke just a little about the NFL player. Because that's the news job not his job. But it is good that people get to know about what happened to the NFL player.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  279. Tylor

    I think no beacuse a lot of people died because of guns and got hurt by guns.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  280. BreAnn

    I think that it was ok to talk about the issue. If it was not about football he should not have, but it was about a football player.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  281. colin

    I think that he shoudn't but doing so he got people seeing things differently about having gun control. He got them thinking about how having a gun will cause some deaths.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  282. Jamie

    I think that it was right for Bob Costas to talk about gun control. It was good to inform everybody as soon as possible. Also the topic had a lot to do with the football insident.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  283. Tanner

    Gun control shouldn't be talked about at that time. People tuned in for an NFL game, not a news debate. Although, I would like to see a debate on gun control in the future.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  284. Devon

    He shouldn't of done that before a game or done it in the parking lot because that makes everything sad:(

    December 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  285. Justin

    I think it was okay to express his opinion about gun control, but not after something like the tragedy thatt happened and not at half time.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  286. Alexa

    I think that Bob Costas had a right to talk about gun control during the halftime report because there was an issue that related to football and what better place to talk about a football related issue then during a game.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  287. Roger

    I think he should not talk about gun control. Especially since it says we have the right to bare arms in the deceleration.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  288. pat

    i think that he shouldn't have talk about it at the NFL half time show because the People turned in to to watch a good NFL football game not to listen to a person talk about about gun control. they wanted to listen to a person to talk the football teams .

    December 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  289. Shelby

    Yes, i think it was a good idea they brought up the idea what had happened at the half time show. People should be alarmed and no what guns can do. It was a good idea now people can see what guns can do when we are allowed to have a have guns freeded.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  290. Bo

    why did belcher kill his own girlfriend and then took his own life. He had a perfectly good life he was in the NFL he had young daughter he made plenty of money and yet he took his life and his girlfriends life WOW.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  291. Hailey

    It wasn't the best time to talk about it, but it did catch a lot of peoples attention. I do believe we should keep our gun. Its our protection, its how we get food. Its in the constitution that Americans should have the right to bare arms.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  292. Megan

    I think it was kinda bad timing.He could have talked about it after the game.It could have waited,if he was only going to talk about weapons.People should be able to have guns because for self defense.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  293. Katterrius

    My opinion is we should have guns so we can be safe.No it wasn't the right place.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  294. Michael

    It was his own decision, but it was a bad decision because some people were still getting over their loss (like the team and others) and some might have been looking forward to watching a good halftime show, and it was a good timing because he knew a lot of people were watching the show.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  295. Alissa

    Yes I think it was necessary to talk about gun control at a half time game because it is pertaining to what had just happen in their community,and its a way to get the message out to many people. If it wasn't right for him to do it at half time, why did they take a moment of silence before the game? Also plus it was only half time, its not like they were cutting into the actual game!

    December 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  296. Ken

    I remember hearing about a story when a mother killed her children by drowning them. Should we have a conversation about banning baths as well? No, because that would be treating the symptom not the problem of mental illness. Bob Costas shouldn't be using a football program to highlight his fantasy social agenda. Instead, he should be tactful and merely offer his condolences. He should a more appropriate opportunity to support his position, which is unfortunately largely based on the premise that everyone, including criminals, would also give up their guns.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  297. Vincent

    I think that there shouldn't be any opinions on NFL television broadcast because it can put down people, family members, and lots of other if related to him.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  298. Pixel

    I think that what Costas did was appropriate. I do not believe that people are aware of how often tragedies like this one occur.If people were to voice their opinions and concerns about these kind of issues maybe we could put a dent in them if not stop them.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  299. Nathan

    The time he choose to discuse this was inapproriate not everyone is concerned with this topic an tuned in for football not gun control

    December 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  300. Larence

    Yes, because you have to teach others about guns.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  301. Noah

    I think it was a good call by Costa. Gun control is an issue in this country and not everyone should own one.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  302. Shadirus

    He should not be talking about gun control in the middle of a NFL game show, he should do at the end of the entire football game when there is a more appropriate time.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  303. Caitlin

    I think that if he was trying to reach out to people about gun control it was a good time. It was a relevant and current issue to football at that time, and he had the attention of a lot of people, why not promote awareness?

    December 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  304. Shadirus

    Bob Costas should have done it at half time, when everybody is already watching the half time show.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  305. Tyler

    i think that they should be able to express their opinions...it's a little thing I like to call-freedom of speech.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  306. Courtney

    He should have never said anything about the incident, he should have just been talking about sports.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  307. Brayden

    I believe that news reporters should be able to express their own opinion as long as they can back their statments up with statistics. Its included in the First Amendment, Freedom of Speach

    December 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  308. Sandy

    Bob Costas is an icon in sports. He used 1minute and 35 seconds to tell about his opinion on gun control concerning an issue related to football. Sportscasters give their opinions all the time on many different issues. I don't feel there was anything wrong with this.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  309. tom

    i think it was a good idea. it shows support to people

    December 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  310. Eric

    I think that Bob Costas should just never speak about it on that day. Even though i have never learned or heard of Bob Costas; but some people say he's famous, i think he's just in it for the attention.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  311. Alexander

    In America we have a freedom of speech. If we do then why is the issue so controversial? I feel that he had every right to say what he thought. If he wants to talk about gun control, let him talk about it. It is his choice, and if he wants to make a coment some people don't like it is his choice.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  312. Samantha

    i think that he should of not said that on tv

    December 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  313. johnie

    I think that The fact that Bob Costas talked about having guns or not was irresponsible and silly. If we didn't have guns, we wouldn't be able to protect ourselves because if there was a law that we couldn't have guns, then robbers and police would be the only people to have guns and then good people wouldn't be able to protect themselves. That makes total sense, and you know it.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  314. Isabelle

    I think that he should be able to express his opinion, but this was not the time and place to do that. It was definitely an inappropriate decision.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  315. Luke

    I believe that Costas should have kept his comments to himself, considering the setting (an NFL broadcast) that he was in. He appeared to give a biased opinion, considering that no one supporting gun control was there to give their opinion. People should be able to hear both sides of an issue.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  316. Blake

    I think it was a bad idea to bring up gun control in the middle of a halftime show. People tuned in to see football, not an opinion on gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  317. Devante

    I think he should have said something because so many young people are dying due to gun violence. This is a big problem in the United States.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  318. riley

    Bob Costas should not have brought up gun control during half time. people only watch NFL to see football, not to hear people's opinions about gun control or any situation really. he has the right to say whatever his opinion is, but not during a game. NFL is for football, not for people's opinions. no matter what they might be.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  319. Cam

    Whether I agree with him or not doesn't matter,he should not have brought that issue into something that was about sports...that is him trying to push his opinion over on someone at a completely inappropriate time.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  320. Jared

    I believe that Bob Costas had a good reason for mentioning this issue, to draw attention to the tragedy was a good idea. But I do believe he should have stuck more to announcing it as a tragedy instead of a political discussion time.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  321. Hayden

    I would not have brought that thought in about the gun control. Why would you want to bring the gun control in where 2 deaths just happened, and people are grieving about it. According to the Constitution we have the right to bear arms. You cant take that from t
    he American people.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  322. Andrew

    I disagree because he should not talk about that no one wants to here that during the halftime commercials of a football game. He should have kept in his head.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  323. Jakara

    I think that in this time right after a shooting of the football player this shouldn't have been mentioned on TV during this game at least at this point in time. Anyone has a right to what they want to say but this topic could have been kept to himself.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  324. Ryan

    I do think that they should have a gun law but they should only give guns to people twenty one or over. it is just not smart to give guns to anyone who is eighteen.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  325. Brendan

    i think that he had to bring up the opinion eventually, but not during his game. This could have easily distracted the players keeping in mind their dead teammate and what he did. This was a football game not a time to start having a news report about a shooting even if it did involve his own players. To me this just wasn't the right time or place to say this.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  326. Molly

    I think the reporter should have only talked about the football game, people that where watching that channel didn't turn on the T.V to here about gun violence, they wanted to watch the game and that's all they should have seen.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  327. Austin

    I think that Mr. Costas should have saved his comments for a separate time on a news program not a halftime show of a football game when people are trying to listen to what the analysts have to say about the game.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  328. Mrs. English's class

    Bob Cotas made a bad decision because people watch the halftime show to be entertained, not to be lectured on political matters.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  329. Mrs. English's class

    It was not appropriate for Bob Costas to interrupt the football halftime to talk about a football player's personal life.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  330. Grace

    Well I think that he should of left his opinion till another time and not during half time at the football game. But either way it doesn't really affect my opinion. But in the end he probably shouldn't of shared that during the game and gave us a lesson on his opinion.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  331. Kala

    I think this topic should be discussed outside of a football game, this is a family event, not a political campaign.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  332. Danielle

    I think it was a bad time to discuss this because the football team can't do anything about it.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  333. Jennifer

    I think he did the wrong thing.. He killed the mother of his 3 month old child and now she has no mother or father.. I think it was selfish of him.. Taking his own life is one thing.. But ending somebody else's life is wrong and he shouldn't have left that in his own hands...

    December 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  334. Taylor

    I think it was a great idea because it got the word out about a serious problem and doing it that way may have been the only way to get the word out to certain people

    December 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  335. Sophie

    I think that bringing up this when lots of people were watching brought up awareness about this issue. However, some parents who were watching with their kids might have not wanted their kids to hear about things like that.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  336. Jacky

    I believe that these issues must be discussed, but in the right situations. A football game is not the time or place, it should have been discussed elsewhere.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  337. Kyra

    I believe that they decided to discuss this topic at the wron time besides the fact of the football game a lot of the players were grieving about the loss of their friend

    December 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  338. Drewbis :D

    Bob Costas was wrong to mention the issue of gun control at the halftime of a football game. People watch football to watch football, not to watch news reports about gun control. Also news reporters should not mention what side they are on for the news circumstance. They are supposed to be totally neutral when sharing a news subject.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  339. Alycia

    I think he did the right thing because it's a reminder to all that all guns are dangerous. IT's also a reminder not to use them inappropriately.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  340. Brandon

    I agree with bob costas, because people in the U.S purchase guns for protection.
    But later on they end up snapping, and either use it on themselves to commit suicide, or they use it on someone else and commit homicide. If guns were not able to be purchased, I think our society would be much safer & the death rate by a gun would drop.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  341. Kiyle

    I'm actually glad to see the hard on police not being so hard on things that aren't that big of a deal.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  342. Joshua

    Bob Costas did a great thing because he gave a good, informative speech during an NFL game which many people tune into, rather than broadcasting it on a less viewed network.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  343. Kc

    I personally dont mind that he mentioned this during half time. He was a great player and good things always happen to good people. The goverment should have a serious talk about gun control.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  344. Julio

    Great idea, grabbing a majority of the viewers' attention by doing this. People nowadays don't give importance to react to this any other way.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  345. Nancy

    Well I think that he shouldn't have said anything, for the reason that it wasn't his position to say anything in the first place.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  346. Destinee

    I think that Costas should have voiced his opinion because it may have changed some of the other people view on the topic as well.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  347. Brittney

    I think it was inappropriate, he could have waited at a better time to discuss that issue rather then discuss it during the game.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  348. Marie

    I think it was a good way to draw attention to the issue so that people could understand that guns are something that you should NOT pay with. People use guns as an answer to all there problems and they don't see the consequences.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  349. Catherine

    I think that it was a good idea that Costas said this at half time, because he wanted everyone to know how dangerous those guns can be. I defiantly think the moment of silence was good though.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  350. Daniel

    Bob costa Did the right Decision in bringing The controversial Topic about gun control to the Public, because there has been violence over the years of Guns being used. We as a nation have to discuss this issue Thats affecting Everyone.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  351. Josh

    he obviously has im sorry "had" issues, if he would of killed her with a nail gun or himself with the nail gun would you outlaw nail guns?

    i dont think that the halftime show in a NFL football games is when Bob Costas should have given his personal or political views.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  352. Michael

    Bob Costas was given a forum to voice his opinions football related or otherwise. He is paid to speak his mind and this issue is important to a lot of people, so I think what he do was right.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  353. Caleb

    I believe that it is unneccasary for a sportscaster to bring up a controversial issue during a football game. Most people watch football to enjoy a couple hours and not worry about the problems of the world. This is a thing that does need to be discussed but don't ruin our enjoyment of a football game over it!

    December 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  354. Morgan

    I think that there is a time and place for this to be brought up and Bob Costas could have waited until this story wasn't such a big deal.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  355. Alexis

    I believe It was a great way of voicing his opinion and to be heard by thousands of people, but I do not think it should have been brought up during halftime of an NFL game.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  356. Snillda

    I think that he should have addressed that because it was relevant to what was happening. If it didn't have to do with football then it would have been irresponsible.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  357. Misty

    I think that even though gun control is a very important topic that we need to be discussing, I don't think Bob Costas should have brought it up in the middle of a football game. It should be brought up in the right environment, not at a football game.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  358. Kesha

    I think that Costas timing of stating his opinion was not a good decision. A lot of people are sitting down with their families trying to watch a football game...not hear about someone's opinion on this issue. If Costas really wanted his opinion heard he could of stated it somewhere else at some other time.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  359. Nick

    Gun control is not the issue, people threatening other people is the issue. Everyone has the right to bear arms by the 2nd amendment. People just need to be smart with guns, so a lot violence won't happen.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  360. Grace

    Yes he can talk about it two people died from guns even if people don't agree with his opinion it's his talk show

    December 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  361. Emily

    I don't think that he should've done that. People turn on the sports channel to watch football, and get away from all of these political problems. Though gun control is a big issue, I believe he should've waited and done it at a more appropriate time.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  362. Sydney

    Gun control is a major issue in the United States, so when there is a situation like this, Costas did the correct thing by addressing the issue. People may disagree with your opinion, but it is your right to have one as a citizen of the United States. One cannot fault him for voicing out his opinion.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  363. Ribeye

    In Oklahoma we have a custom we don't mix sports and politics. I think that is a good idea, because then people can just focus on the game.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  364. Malia

    I think that Costas should have not talked about it. Even though it brought attention to the subject, he should have left that to the news reporters.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  365. cheyenne

    Although many people may think it was not the right time, i think it was. would we listen if he did it anywhere else? i never heard some one speak about gun control on tv until then. i think it was a very good idea. now maybe people will think more about their actions.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  366. Jaiden

    A lot of people watch football, so I guess he thought it was a good time to remind people about how terrible and dangerous guns are. I support him all the way.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  367. Brandon

    I think it was a bad decision, people tuned in to watch football not about gun control. I think we should get the mentally ill help instead of banning guns. Inanimate objects don't cause crime, it is the person's decision.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  368. Brooke

    I think that was a good time and place to talk about gun control because it had to do with a football player that made the wrong choice. Maybe after people talked about gun control the other people that were watching the game would finally listen.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  369. Casey

    I think that it was appropriate for Costas to bring attention to the subject of violence when it was a big topic in the news. I think that it is important for people in these positions to bring awareness to important issues that we do not always think about. HOWEVER, Costas should not have shared his opinion about gun control, he should have stayed neutral on the subject if he did want to bring awareness to it on his show.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  370. Hannah

    What Costas did was perfecly okay. Yes, people were watching football to see the game but that doesn't mean that they couldnt hear some new too. Besides, it did have to do with the game and remembering lost loved ones.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  371. Benigno

    I agree that Bob Costas did the right thing by drawing attention to the issue because if this isn't taken cared of sooner or later, it would become a problem to the football games and the nation.

    December 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  372. Owen

    I think it was a good idea for Bob Costas to make this speech because it was finally time for Americans to actually pay attention to the world around them. This world is violent, but that doesn't mean it can't be changed.

    December 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  373. Social Studies Class

    As a society, we have to be able to open up and talk about important issues that face our nation, no matter what stage its on.

    December 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  374. Sara

    People , when tuning into a football game, expect to just be able to pay attention to football and not pay attention to anything else, during halftime nobody wants to get a lecture on gun control. I fully believe that everybody should know gun safety and control but nobody wants a lecture during a football game. Bob Costas did not do the right thing reporting on gun safety and control during the middle of halftime.

    December 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  375. kyle

    they shouldn't of talked because there were young kids watching and they don't need to know about these kinds of things also, some people wanted highlites and reviews.

    December 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  376. Noah

    I think that Costas should have not been drawing attention to gun control because an NFL halftime show is not the place to talk about Politics.

    December 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  377. Makenzie

    I think Bob could have avoided the situation by never using a gun. It was wrong but you never know for sure what a person will do when they get angry. But he cold have thought of another way to solve the issue.

    December 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  378. Chong

    I agree that he should have mentioned it on live t.v. because people having not been seeing enough of evidence to support the cause. Also he is american and he has the freedom of speech and he should not have to be criticized using his right to say anything he wants to say.

    December 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  379. Hailey

    I understand that he has a very important message to give to the public, though the timing was not the best, I understand why he would want to make the announcement at that time.

    December 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  380. Emily

    I agree with what he said, but he just brought it up when people wanted to watch football not a debate on gun control

    December 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  381. kyle

    i think it was a good ifea to adress the situation at the time because alot of people were watching at that time

    December 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  382. Austin

    Since when is excercising your freedom of speech worng? Yes he did it on public television, but someones got to address the issue...

    December 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  383. kyle

    i think it was a good idea to adress the situation at the tim because alot of poeple were watching at that time CARL AZUZ YOU RULE

    December 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  384. Kenneth

    I think that Costas should've made the announcement sometime OTHER that when a football game was going on, it was a pretty big mistake on his end.

    December 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  385. rob

    i think it was a good idea because the incident reflects a larger problem. he brought it up when people were watching so it would be noticed. that is not a bad thing. people don't notice problems until they're in front of their face.

    December 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  386. Mr. Mosley's Social Studies Classes

    As a group, we are split. We agree for the most part that this is an important issue that needs to be discussed, no matter what side of the gun control issue we are on. Bob Costas was right to give his opinion, but he perhaps should have done so at a time other than halftime of the game.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  387. Monique

    I honestly think Bob Costas meant well, but I think he should not have voiced his opinion. I don't think people wanted to here about domestic violence at halftime, especially Mr. Belcher's family.

    December 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  388. Aleesa

    Confronting the issue was a meritorious thing. In the US, people do not take gun violence as a big problem. Addressing the problem on TV caught peoples attention and they noticed that it was a problem not a minor issue. Rendering about the conflict should now show America gun violence is a serious conflict. The US should take steps to knowing who is owning a gun and what there purpose is for obtaining one. Doing that would avoid problems like what just occurred.

    December 6, 2012 at 9:23 am |