Gun Control & Political Suicide

  • Aired:  04/23/13
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John Oliver vows that never again will a political career end in a senseless act of meaningful legislation. (6:13)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

SO LAST WEEK AS WE WERE

WATCH ON THE SHOW, LAST WEEK

WE LEARNED THAT WHILE OUR

UNITED STATES SENATE WAS

UNABLE TO PASS EVEN THE MOST

BASIC GUN CONTROL MEASURES,

AUSTRALIA HAD A SUCCESSFUL

GUN CONTROL FOR ALMOST TWO

DECADE, JOHN OLIVER VISITED

THERE TO FIND OUT MORE IN

PART TWO OF OUR THREE PART

SERIES.

>> IN 1996 FOLLOWING A

MASSACRE, AUSTRALIA'S

CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT

ENFORCED A NATIONAL BUYBACK

OF SEMIAUTOMATIC WEAPONS.

WHILE ALSO HEAVILY

REGULATING THE PURCHASE AND

STORAGE OF OTHER FIREARMS.

THE RESULT WAS DRAMATICALLY

REDUCED LEVEL OF GUN

VIOLENCE.

SO WHY CAN'T WE DO THAT

HERE?

TO FIND OUT I SAT DOWN WITH

LONG TIME AID TO HARRY REID

JIM MANLY.

>> THE NRA IS STILL A VERY

POWERFUL FORCE IN THIS

COUNTRY.

THEY HAVE FOUR MILLION

MEMBERS WHO ARE VERY, VERY

DETERMINED TO GET THEIR WAY.

>> AND HOW CAN A NATION OF

300 MILLION COMPETE WITH

THAT?

>> IT'S DIFFICULT TO

UNDERSTAND SOMETIME, ISN'T

IT BUT THE FACT OF THE MAT

CERTIFICATE THAT I'VE GOT TO

THINK LONG AND HARD BEFORE

YOU SUPPORT GUN CONTROL

LEGISLATION BECAUSE YOU ARE

TAKE ON THE NRA CAN BE

POLITICAL SUICIDE.

>> AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

IS WORKING TIRELESSLY TO

REDUCE THE RATE OF POLITICAL

SUICIDE AMONG ITS MEMBERS.

SURELY AUSTRALIAN

POLITICIANS WEREN'T STUPID

ENOUGH TO END THEIR

POLITICAL LIVES FOR GUN

CONTROL.

>> WELL, I DID.

>> WHAT?

>> I DID.

>> YOU DID WHAT?

>> I TOOK THE STAND.

I WAS PREPARED TO FACE THE

POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES, AND

WE DELIVERED GUN CONTROL.

>> MEETS ROB BOREBICH FORMER

PREMIER OF QUEENSLAND,

AUSTRALIA'S MOST

CONSERVATIVE STATE.

IN 1996 HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL

IN ENACTING GUN CONTROL,

KNOWING IT WOULD COST HIM

HIS POLITICAL CAREER IN THE

NEXT ELECTION.

>> WE PAID A HIGH POLITICAL

PRICE BUT WE DID THE RIGHT

THING.

LOOK, THERE ARE AUSTRALIANS

ALIVE TODAY BECAUSE WE TOOK

THAT ACTION.

I MEAN HOW MUCH SAY LIFE

WORTH?

>> BUT JIM MANLY KNOWS THAT

THE TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT HAS

NOR IMPORTANT CONCERNS.

>> WHAT MAKES A POLITICIAN

SUCCESSFUL?

>> GETTING RE-ELECTED BY HIS

OR HER CONSTITUENTS.

>> RIGHT, YEAH.

THAT IS HOW YOU JUDGE

SUCCESS.

>> OKAY, THAT-- WELL,

GETTING LEGISLATION DONE.

>> IS SECOND.

>> IS SECOND, YES.

>> THAT IS SECOND.

HOLLY [BLEEP], THAT IS

SECOND?

>> IF I COULD REWIND THIS

TAPE I WOULD SAY GETTING

LEGISLATION DONE AND GETTING

RE-ELECTED BY YOUR

CONSTITUENTS.

>> BUT SERIOUSLY YOU CAN'T

REMIND-- REWIND THE TAPE

LET'S GO WITH THE ANSWER YOU

GAVE.

>> IF YOU DON'T GET

RE-ELECTED, YOU KNOW, YOU

JUST ROADKILL IN THE

POLITICAL PROCESS AND YOU'RE

JUST ANOTHER LOSER.

>> TRAGICALLY NOT EVERYONE

UNDERSTANDS THIS.

>> WHAT MAKES A POLITICIAN

SUCCESSFUL?

GO.

>> MAKING SOCIETY A BETTER

PLACE.

>> NO, NO, NO, ROB, NO.

LOOK, WE CAN-- WE CAN

ACTUALLY REWIND THE TAPE.

ARE WE ROLLING?

WHAT MAKES A POLITICIAN

SUCCESSFUL.

>> YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO

GOVERN IN THE BEST INTERESTS

OF THE PEOPLE THAT YOU

SERVE.

>> LOOK, ROB, I'M GOING OUT

ON A LIMB HERE.

I ALREADY TOLD SOMEONE ELSE

I CAN'T DO THIS WHEN I CAN.

>> I HOPE YOU HAVE A LOT OF

TAPE.

>> TRUE SUCCESS IS A

LIFELONG POLITICIAN LIKE

HARRY REID WHOSE WATERED

DOWN GUN LEGISLATION WAS

CAREFULLY DESIGNED TO

PROTECT THOSE WHO NEEDED IT

MOST.

>> HE HAS A RESPONSIBILITY

AS THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER TO

PROTECT THE CAUCUS.

>> THE CAUCUS NEEDS TO BE

PROTECTED, THE CAUCUS DOES.

>> THEY NEED TO BE PROTECTED

POLITICALLY.

>> HOW MANY POLITICAL

CAREERS HAVE BEEN TRAGICALLY

ENDED BY GUN CONTROL.

>> WE'VE LOST SOME GOOD

FOLKS OVER THE YEARS BECAUSE

OF THEIR VIEWS.

>> RIGHT.

YOU HAVE A PERFECTLY HEALTHY

POLITICAL CAREER AND THEN

BANG.

>> JUST LIKE THAT.

>> WHICH MEANS FORMER

AUSTRALIA PRIME MINISTER

JOHN HOWARD HAS BLOOD ON HIS

HANDS.

>> DOW EVER THINK ABOUT THE

INNOCENT VICTIMS OF YOUR GUN

CONTROL.

>> THERE WERE NO INNOCENT

VICTIMS OF MY-- THERE WERE

NO VICTIMS AT ALL.

THERE IS THE PHOTOGRAPH OF

ROB, HE WAS INCREDIBLY

COURAGEOUS SUPPORTING OUR

LAWS.

>> BUT POLITICALLY HE IS

DEAD, BANG, JUST LIKE THAT.

>> WE LOST AN ELECTION AS WE

ALL DO AT SOME POINT.

>> BUT HOWARD IS NOT ALONE.

HIS DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

TIM FISHER ALSO REFUSES TO

ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR

THESE CAREER MASSACRES.

>> OH, YOU DON'T LOOK AT

THESE FACES AND FEEL GUILT?

>> WELL, THEY ARE ALIVE.

AND --

>> THEY'RE DEAD, THEY'RE

POLITICALLY DEAD.

>> I HOPE THAT THOSE WHO

TOTALLY VETO ANY MOVE TO

BRING SENSIBLE, SEMI AUCTION

AND AUCTION WEAPON CONTROL

TO THE SUBURBS OF AMERICA

ARE ALSO POLITICALLY DEAD

BUT PHYSICALLY ALIVE.

>> NOT IN I COULD HELP IT.

NEVER AGAIN WILL A POLITICAL

CAREER END IN A SENSELESS

ACT OF MEANINGFUL

LEGISLATION.

>> THE VERDICT IS JUST ALL

OF THESE, ALL OF THEM ARE

DEAD, POLITICALLY NOT

PHYSICALLY, PHYSICALLY THEY

ARE PROBABLY SAFER.

>> IT IS VERY DARK.

>> I MEAN AGAIN, JUST TO

REITERATE PHYSICALLY THEY

ARE ABSOLUTELY FINE BUT IT

MAKES YOU THINK.

>> UNFORTUNATELY, WHAT

SPENDING TIME WITH

POLITICALLY DEAD AUSTRALIA

POLITICIANS MADE ME THINK

ABOUT WAS HOW HORRIBLY WRONG

WE HAVE IT IN AMERICA.

>> THANKS FOR SPEAK WITH ME

ROB.

>> PLEASURE.

>> ARE YOU A GREAT HUMAN

BEING.

>> THANK YOU.

>> IT'S JUST BY ALL AMERICAN

STANDARDS, YOU ARE A [BLEEP]

POLITICIAN.

AND THE FACT THAT THAT IS

TRUE IS WHY I AM NOW GOING

TO WALK INTO THE [BLEEP]

OCEAN.

>> IN AMERICA WE'RE TOLD GUN

CONTROL IS NOT POSSIBLE.

BUT IN AUSTRALIA, THEY HAVE

SHOWN IT IS.

PROVIDING A FANTASTIC LESSON

FOR AMERICA TO IGNORE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: JOHN OLVER, WE'LL BE

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