Charles Barkley makes sense: I feel safer with my gun
posted at 3:07 pm on December 5, 2012 by Katie Pavlich
It’s not often I agree with Charles Barkley, especially when it comes to his politics, but in his latest discussion with Bob Costas about the “gun culture” he makes many valid and factual arguments. Bob Costas on the other hand continues to dig himself into a hole by saying people with multiple guns are more likely to end up in bad situations, which is factually untrue according to economic statistics.
BOB COSTAS: On Sunday night at half-time of the NFL game, I noted quoting Jason Whitlock who is now with FOX Sports, used to be Kansas City Star, quoting him saying that there is a gun culture in the United States that is corrosive. How do you see it?
CHARLES BARKLEY: I think especially in the black community, I don’t know if it’s a gun culture, it’s a crime culture. You know, we as black people always, we don’t have respect for one another. You know, we’ve got more black men in prison than we do in college and crime in our neighborhoods is running rampant. And 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, I carry a real gun. I carry a real gun.
COSTAS: You live in Arizona where you can legally carry a gun.
BARKLEY: Even when I lived in Philadelphia, I’ve had a gun, I’ve carried a real gun in my car every year in my life since I was 22, 21. Never had to use it.
COSTAS: Are you packing right now? Just being sure.
BARKLEY: No, no no. I can beat you and John.
COSTAS: So you assess the situation. Whether you need an equalizer or not.
BARKLEY: I don’t think I would need it with you two. But I would never, I shouldn’t say never. I just feel safer with it because we have jocks that get robbed all the time. Road rage and things like that, I feel a sense of peace when I have it when me.
But it would take extreme circumstances to even touch it.
Barkley’s last line is key, especially since Costas argued on Sunday that having a gun only escalates a situation (which isn’t true). People who understand and respect firearms know that the use of one against another person should be a last resort option.