In the wake of the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Bob Costas utilized his halftime report on Sunday Night Football to editorialize on gun control. Reading a column by Jason Whitlock, Costas called for increased gun control and agreed with Whitlock that the NFL should've postponed the Chiefs already completed game against the Carolina Panthers. "In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, that most mindless of sports clichés was heard yet again, 'Something like this really puts it all in perspective,'" Costas said. "Please. Those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports, would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective."
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