This is a RUSH transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," December 5, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
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BILL O'REILLY: Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thanks for watching us tonight.
No "Talking Points Memo" this evening because we have two very important interviews to conduct here. In just a few moments Senator Marco Rubio in his first post election chat and boy do I have some questions for him.
But first the lead story, Bob Costas as we reported last night the NBC sportscaster has created a storm of confusion.
Last Sunday night during a National Football game, he delivered a commentary at halftime condemning what he calls the gun culture in America. Now some folks got angry because they felt Costas was attacking the Second Amendment. Mr. Costas denies that and he joins us now.
BOB COSTAS, NBC SPORTS BROADCASTER: Hi, Bill.
O'REILLY: So first up, how do you feel about the right to bear arms?
COSTAS: Obviously, Americans have a right to bear arms. I'm not looking to repeal the Second Amendment. I haven't immersed myself in the issue throughout my life. I'm aware of it, as many Americans are. I didn't call for any specific prohibition on guns. I never used the words "gun control".
I quoted from a column by Jason Whitlock, who was in Kansas City for a long time, now is on the Fox Sports Web site, in which he mentioned, I think credibly, a gun culture in this country.
Now, it plays itself out in many ways, but it's a mentality about and toward guns that almost always leads to tragedy rather than safety.
O'REILLY: All right. And we'll get to that in a moment. But I think I want to clear this gun control thing up, because that's -- that's why you got in trouble, because some people felt --
O'REILLY: And this is a very emotional issue --
COSTAS: Of course it is.
O'REILLY: -- and I'm sure you know that.
COSTAS: of course it is.
O'REILLY: And the second thing you he said is Mr. Whitlock is really, really far out there.
COSTAS: Well, I -- I am not agreeing with --
O'REILLY: I know that.
COSTAS: -- and I even said --
O'REILLY: But when you associate --
COSTAS: -- Mr. Whitlock, with whom --
O'REILLY: -- when you associate yourself with a guy like -- who's that far out there --
COSTAS: I was unaware of the remarks he made about the NRA and the KKK.
COSTAS: I'm not even sure of the time line --
O'REILLY: All right, yes.
COSTAS: -- and whether they --
O'REILLY: And, you know --
COSTAS: -- post-dated or pre-dated. But in any case, I was unaware of them. And obviously, I would disagree with that 100 percent.
O'REILLY: Not scolding you, just --
COSTAS: I get it.
O'REILLY: -- you know, ok.