Charles Barkley To Bob Costas: Carrying A Gun Makes Me Feel "Safer"
On Bob Costas' NBC Sports program "Costas Live" this week, guests Charles Barkley and John McEnroe discussed guns and Costas' anti-gun rhetoric. Barkely defended gun ownership and also reflected on the black community on the show.
"I think, especially in the black culture, I don't know if it's a gun culture, itâ€™s a crime culture. We, as black people, and I always say we, we donâ€™t have respect for each other. You know? We got more black men in prison than we do in college, and crime in our neighborhoods is running rampant," NBA great Charles Barkley said. "I know everybody reacts when something like the Belcher thing happens, but being black, this is something you deal with all the time and itâ€™s just sad. Iâ€™m a guy, I carry a gun. I carry a gun."
"You live in Arizona, when you can legally carry a gun," Costas interjected.
"Even when I lived in Philadelphia, I've had a gun. I've carried a gun in my car every year of my life since I was 21, 22. I've never had to use it," Barkley said.
"I've never had to use it," he added.
"I would never -- I should say never, I just feel safer with it because we have jocks who get robbed all the time, road rage and things like that. I feel a sense of peace when I have it with me, but it would take extreme circumstances for me to even touch it," Barkley said.
Tennis legend John McEnroe, Costas' other guest, said he would feel safer without a firearm.
"Iâ€™ve got to say I think that there are just so many bad things that could happen," McEnroe explained.
"I just feel safer with it, and I understand his point," Barkley said to McEnroe. "But for me, it's a personal choice. And like I said, it would take extreme -- obviously, I'm 50 years old and I've had it since I was 21, 22."
Barkley said that this isn't necessarily about guns, but about domestic violence.
"I think the big picture with this whole thing is -- I know John has daughters and I have daughters -- this whole thing to me is about domestic violence," Barkley told Costas.