Your favorite non-sports network remains as non-sports as ever.
Apparently not wanting to be left behind in the breathless effort by major television networks to demonize guns and gun owners in the days immediately following the massacre in Las Vegas, ESPN wasted absolutely no time in weighing in with its own, vociferous, anti-gun take.
One notable network personality who went right for it is Rachel Nichols. Nichols has been a mainstay at ESPN for years now, and part of her current duties is to host The Jump, a daily show about the National Basketball Association.
As reported by “For the Win,” here’s how she opened Monday’s edition:
“Officials say [the Las Vegas shooting] is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a phrase I guess they’re getting used to because it was only 14 months ago they were saying that about the shooting in Orlando. The Orlando shooting claimed more lives than Virginia Tech, now this one claims more lives than what happened in Orlando. I don’t know how we’re going to solve the debate about guns in this country — I just know that while we’re all arguing the body counts keep going up and more and more families are suffering.”
First of all, debates aren’t “solved.” Debates are open, free exchanges of ideas, and they shouldn’t be put away anywhere.
But we all know what she means; she means what everyone else who says we must “somehow” solve the problem means. She means confiscate the guns.
We’ll pass, thank you.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large