NBAÂ Hall-of-FamerÂ Sir Charles “Chuck” Barkley, along with John McEnroe of tennis fame, joined Bob Costas on his show “Costas Tonight” to discuss Costas’ recent ridiculous and controversial halftime gun lecture. Here’s the video.
I’m not a big fan of Chuck, mostly because I think he has a big mouth and rarely makes much sense, but I do think he said a number of interesting things.
When Costas asked Barkley about the gun culture in America, Barkley replied by sayingÂ heÂ doesn’tÂ think the nation has a “gun culture” but rather a “crime culture” especially “in the black community”. Barkley then went on to say that he “feels safer with a gun” and that he has carried a gun for decades.
Barkley’s comments about having a crime problem in the black community are certainly true statistically speaking, but to say that there isn’t a gun culture in America is a bit ignorant.Â Of course we have a gun culture in America! Mr. Colion Noir recently addressed this topic, and accuratelyÂ pointed out thatÂ America’s gun culture began at its inception. I completely agree. How did America win its independence from the British Empire? With guns. But is it really a gun culture?
It’s Not About Guns
In my opinion, what Costas and the rest of the anti-gun crowd don’t understand is that it’s not really about guns per se. For example, what if the American Revolution had happened prior to the invention or widespread use of firearms? Well, then the war would have been fought with bows, swords, spears, etc – the weapons of the time. Would we still have a “gun culture” here in America? Absolutely.
Guns were just the weapons of the time (and of course still are to a certain extent). What guns really represent is liberty, freedom from tyranny, the ability to defend yourself and your loved ones. If you have studied history, you know this to be true. You cannot enslave an armed society, so the first thing you must do is to disarm them. This goes for any time period, both before and after the invention of firearms.
This is what Barkley was referring to when he said he felt safer carrying a gun. The gun is a tool that protects his liberty from the criminal that would try to take it away from him. So the next time you hear someone pushing for gun control, realize what they are really trying to do – take away your liberty.