After Bob Costas hopped up on his phone book to make his little screed*, he experienced some …correction.
On Costas Tonight, [Charles] Barkley addresses broader issues. He says, “Especially in the black culture, it’s a crime culture. We, as black people, and I always say ‘we’, we won’t have respect, we don’t have respect for each other. We have more black men in prison than we do in college, and crime in our neighborhoods is running rampant. I know everybody reacts when something like the Belcher thing happens. But being black, this is something you deal with all the time, and it’s just sad. I’m a guy and I carry a gun.”
…he’s “carried a gun in my car, every day of my life since I was 21 or 22 — never had to use it.”
…”I feel a sense of peace when I have it with me, but it would take extreme circumstances for me to even touch it.”
…”I don’t get into the gun stuff. Some guys have guns who go hunting. Where do we stop (the gun control) at? I’m not a hunter, but we can’t say people can’t have guns. … Let’s not make this thing about guns. Let’s make this about mistreating women. That’s unacceptable.”