Jon Stewart Dares Gun Lobby to Say Something Reasonable (Video)

‘The Daily Show’ host lacerates the logic of ‘reasoned’ opposition to universal background checks for gun purchasers.

One amazing thing about the gun violence debate is that it provides a source of comedy while firearms kill 80 people every day in the U.S.

Feb 1, 2013
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

The United States Senate is among the world’s most venerable arenas of learned and reasoned discourse. In this chamber, the loftiest elected minds of the world’s foremost Democracy deliberate and determine the laws and policies that will set the course of America’s and, to a large extent, the world’s futures.

The Daily Show is an entertainment program developed by professional jokers whose most cherished hope is to become the next Steve Carell.

When it comes to talking through the pros and cons of checking gun purchasers for histories of mental illness or violent criminal offenses—before selling them the weapon—one of these groups of well-rewarded exhibitionists seems to be more firmly grounded in real-world sense than the other.

Be sure to follow the segment to the end for a shocking reveal concerning National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. Apparently (is any spoiler alert really needed?), LaPierre’s policy beliefs defy integrity—as in what LaPierre said about universal background checks on May 26, 1999, is in no way integral to what he claimed Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

If someone paid you to concoct an argument against filtering out mentally ill and criminally violent gun purchasers, what would your rationale be? Leave it in COMMENTS.

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