During “Sunday Night Football’s” halftime segment, NBC broadcaster Bob Costas announced his support for gun control following this weekend’s murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.
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Yes, the fatal shooting could have been avoided if there were stricter gun laws.
35% (125 votes)
Maybe, he has the freedom to express his opinions.
24% (86 votes)
No, there's a time and place for that kind of talk. And during Sunday Night Football isn't one of them.
41% (144 votes)
Total votes: 355