The NBC sportscaster sat down for an interview with O’Reilly, who is outspoken about his own views on gun rights.
The Factor host asked Costas how he really feels about the right to bear arms. Costas said he’s not looking to repeal the Second Amendment. “I didn’t call for any specific prohibition on guns, never used the words gun control,” he defended.
Costas said he quoted columnist Jason Whitlock’s response to the tragedy because he “credibly” mentioned a gun culture in America that’s about a “mentality about and toward guns that almost always leads to tragedy rather than safety.”
In retrospect, Costas stands by his own remarks, but acknowledged, “I don’t back up on anything I said, but I think it might’ve been more effective if I said, ‘Look, if we’re looking for perspective on this, we’re going to have a serious discussion within sports […] about domestic violence, about the culture of the game itself, about the easy access to guns.’”
Part 1 of the Interview
Part 2 of the Interview