Coming up this evening at 9, Piers Morgan invites Bob Costas to join him in studio for a wide-ranging, primetime interview that is equal parts wildly entertaining, and completely candid.
As part of an hour-long conversation conducted in front of a live audience, the man who's hosted a record nine Olympic games shares his stance on gun control and firearm legislation, offering a response to those that suggest assault weapons with high-capacity magazines are necessary as a means of self-defense:
"They always present this theoretical - 'well, what if there's not one or two invaders to my home, what if there's 10 or 12 and after I've killed the first eight or nine, I need to reload?'," quotes Costas. "Yes, let me know when that happens. And between now and when that happens, sadly, there's going to be another Aurora, there's going to be another Newtown."
Speaking from the heart, with his trademark brand of eloquence and perspective, the eight-time National Sportscaster of the Year award-winner elaborates further on his objection to the notion that increased legislation equals an infringement on one's Second Amendment rights:
"They try and make it sound as if everyone who proposes even the most common sense and moderate gun regulations is really only up to a nefarious game, which is about confiscating their guns so that a tyrannical government will have them at their mercy. Go talk to Gabby Giffords' husband, an astronaut and a gun owner. Talk to the former Phillies and Yankees manager, Dallas Green, a lifelong hunter, a collector of John Wayne movies, whose granddaughter was among those shot and killed in the Gabby Gifford incident," explains Costas, in the process revisiting a theme he'd addressed in a previous appearance on "Piers Morgan Live." "Tell those people that they're sort of mealy-mouthed, panty-waist, non-patriotic gun haters. No, they're not. They're sensible Americans who see that there's a situation that's out of control and don't want the national debate to be controlled by extremists."
Nodding with approval, the host simply adds, "well said, Bob Costas."
Tune in this evening at 9 as the 60-year-old with nearly 20 Emmy Awards to his credit touches upon everything from Lance Armstrong's use of PED's, to bigotry at the Masters, and Jason Collins coming out.
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