Standing Up for Guns

  • Aired:  04/01/13
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John Oliver speaks with Second Amendment advocates pushing for government regulation protecting guns from people. (4:22)

WELCOME BACK.

GUN VIOLENCE, WHO ARE ITS REAL VICTIMS?

YOU MIGHT THINK THE BULLET RECIPIENT.

PERHAPS YOU SHOULD THINK AGAIN.

JOHN OLIVER HAS MORE.

>> Reporter: ARIZONA HAS SUFFERED GREATLY DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE IN RECENT YEARS.

ACTIVIST CHARLES HELLER HAS HAD ENOUGH.

SO HE'S STANDING UP FOR THE REAL VICTIMS.

>> GUNS.

Reporter: WHAT?

THE CITY ACTUALLY PAYS THE COMPANY TO DESTROY GUNS, FULLY AUTOMATIC ASSAULT WEAPONS,

SHORT-BARRELED RIFLES, SHORT-BARELIED SHOTGUNS

>> Reporter: YOU SEE, GUN TERMINATION HAPPEN RIGHT IN HELLER'S BACKYARD WHEN TWO TOWN

COUNCILMEN ORGANIZED A GUN BUY-BACK PROGRAM TO TAKE OLD EXISTING GUNS OUT OF THE

COMMUNITY FOR DESTRUCTION.

AND WHEN HELLER WITNESSED THE GUN CARNAGE, IT WAS JUST TOO HARD BREAKING.

>> WHAT A WASTE.

Reporter: WHAT A WASTE.

MMMM.

>> THAT ONE MAKES ME THINK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE WARSAW GHETTO IN 1943

>> Reporter: IT DOES SHADES OF WHAT HELPED LEAD TO THE HOLOCAUST.

>> Reporter: VERY DEFINITELY NOT OVERSTATING IT.

>> NOPE.

IT'S NOT.

>> Reporter: NOPE.

I COULDN'T BEAR WITNESS TO THIS HORROR ANY LONGER.

SO I WENT TO CONFRONT GUN HITLER HIMSELF, STEVE

>> WE GAVE PEOPLE A LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY TO GET GUNS OUT OF THEIR HOMES THAT THEY SIMPLY

DIDN'T WANT THERE ANYMORE

>> Reporter: GIVE ME YOUR GUNS.

THAT IS AN ORDER.

SO I CAN MELT THEM DOWN

>> RIGHT.

IN THE LAST THREE WEEKS I'VE BEEN CALLED A SECOND AMENDMENT BIGOT, A NAZI AND HITLER.

>> Reporter: A COMMUNIST.

AN UNAMERICAN PIECE OF SCUM.

>> WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT.

I'M GOING TO SPEAK FOR WHAT THIS COMMUNITY STANDS FOR AND HAS STOOD FOREVER SINCE WE WENT

THROUGH THE TRAGIC SHOOTING TWO YEARS AGO.

YOU'RE MARGINALIZING YOURSELF FROM A RATIONAL CONVERSATION

>> Reporter: IF THE JACK BOOT FITS, WEAR IT, STEVE.

BUT HELLER AND HIS ALLIES WEREN'T GOING TO GET COMMANDANT GET AWAY WITH IT.

SO THEY RACED DOWN TO THE BUY-BACK OFFERING TO PURCHASE THESE FIREARMS AND MAKE SURE

THEY LIVED TO SHOOT ANOTHER DAY.

>> GUN OWNERS STOOD BY WITH THEIR OWN COUNTEROFFERS

>> GUN ADVOCACY GROUP OFFERED MORE MONEY FOR THE SAME WEAPONS

>> Reporter: FOR THESE GUN HEROES EVERY GUN LIFE IS IS SACRED.

HOW MANY GUNS DID THEY MANAGE TO SAVE THAT DAY?

>> THEY GOT 83 GUNS.

Reporter: THEY SAVED 83 GUNS FROM DESTRUCTION

>> THAT THEY DID.

Reporter: THEY WERE LIKE FIREARMS SCHINDLERS

>> IT WAS JUST A GOOD DAY Reporter: SADLY, ONE GUN OWNER MADE A CHOICE HE MAY END

UP REGRETTING FOREVER.

A STUPID, THOUGHTLESS CHOICE.

YOU WERE AT A POINT HAD YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU DIDN'T FEEL LIKE YOU COULD GIVE THAT GUN A GOOD

HOME SO YOU JUST TERMINATED

>> I WOULDN'T PUT IT THAT WAY Reporter: I DID PUT IT THAT WAY BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED.

>> I WANTED TO TURN IT IN TO BE DESTROYED

>> Reporter: YOU SLEEP WELL THANK YOU Reporter: THAT'S NOT A COMPLIMENT.

I'M SAYING LIKE YOU WON'T SLEEP WELL.

AT LEAST HELLER IS OFFERING A BETTER CHOICE.

THE CHOICE TO SELL YOUR GUN TO A STRANGER ON THE STREET.

WHERE ARE ALL THOSE GUNS NOW?

>> PROBABLY IN THE HOLSTERS AND SAFES AND BEDROOM TABLE DRAWERS OF THE PEOPLE WHO BOUGHT THEM.

>> Reporter: YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE?

>> THAT'S THE MAGIC OF IT.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE

>> Reporter: IN ARIZONA IT'S LEGAL TO JUST SELL A GUN TO SOMEONE ON THE STREET.

>> SURE.

WHY NOT?

>> Reporter: WHY NOT?

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG

>> WHAT INDEED.

Reporter: I MEAN A FEW THINGS BUT IF YOU DON'T THINK ABOUT THEM, IT'S FINE.

>> FREEDOM IS RISKY.

Reporter: YES, FREEDOM IS RISKY.

BUT THAT HASN'T STOPPED HELLER FROM TRYING TO MAKE ARIZONA A BIT SAFER

>> I'M IN FAVOR OF A GUN LAW TO STOP GOVERNMENT FROM DESTROYING GUNS.

>> Reporter: YOU'RE AGAINST REGULATION TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM GUNS.

BUT FOR REGULATION TO PROTECT GUNS FROM PEOPLE.

>> YES.

Reporter: WHICH IS WHY ARIZONA IS SUCH A GREAT PLACE TO BE A GUN.

JUST A [BLEEP] PLACE TO BE A PERSON.

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