Gun Control Whoop-de-doo

  • Aired:  04/18/13
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Following the Senate's defeat of the Manchin-Toomey amendment, John Oliver tests the theory that government-mandated gun control doesn't work. (5:10)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

FOR MORE ON THE GUN DEBATE WE

BRING YOU THE FIRST PART OF A

THREE-PART SERIES WITH JOHN

OLIVER.

>> YESTERDAY, AMERICANS WATCHED

IN SHOCK AS EVEN WATERED DOWN

GUN LEGISLATION DIE ON THE FLOOR

OF THE SENATE.

BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHERE IT

BELONGS, ACCORDING TO GUN

LOBBYIST OF THE VIRGINIA

CITIZENS DEFENSE LEAGUE.

>> THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS

SACROSANCT.

>> YOU HOLD THUP SIGN WHENEVER I

MAKE A SUGGESTION THAT YOU THINK

IS INFRINGING UPON YOUR SECOND

AMENDMENT RIGHTSES, OKAY?

>> OKAY.

>> ASSAULT WEAPON BAN.

BOOM, THERE IT IS.

INCREASED BACKGROUND CHECKS.

REALLY?

>> YES.

>> JUST FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS?

>> WE DON'T DO BACKGROUND CHECKS

FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT.

>> OKAY, SO LET'S JUST TRY THIS

ONE, NICE AND EASY.

>> SURE.

>> A MANDATORY ONE-HOUR WAITING

PERIOD IF YOU BUY A GUN.

>> WHY-- WHY-- ( BLEEP ).

>> UNLESS I CAN SEE A REASON.

NO, I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING

THEY SUPPORT BECAUSE AT THE END

OF THE DAY, NONE OF IT WORKS.

>> EXACTLY, GUN CONTROL DOES NOT

WORK.

WHAT IF HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING,

GUN CONTROL COULD WORK-- WHICH

OBVIOUSLY IT CAN'T SO WE KNOW IT

WON'T SO THAT'S NOT A PROBLEM,

BUT WHAT IF IT DID.

>> WHEN WAS THAT?

>> AUSTRALIA.

YES, AUSTRALIA INSPECT IN 1996,

A CONSERVATIVE PRIME MINISTER

JOHN HOWARD INSTITUTED SWEEPING

GUN CONTROL LAWS FOLLOWING A

MASS SHOOTING THAT SHOCKED THE

NATION.

SO SHOULD WE BE LEARNING FROM

THIS EFFECTIVE EXAMPLE?

OF COURSE NOT.

>> I GUESS IF WE'RE GOING TO GO

TO PLANET X. AND SAY IT'S NOT

UNITED STATES, SOME OTHER

PLANET, DIFFERENT PEOPLE,

DIFFERENT EVERYTHING, I DON'T

KNOW, YEAH, YOU KNOW, BUT IN THE

REAL WORLD WITH HUMAN BEINGS

IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK, AND GUN

CONTROL ISN'T GOING TO WORK.

>> UNFORTUNATELY NOT TONAL IS

AUSTRALIA ACTUALLY IN THE REAL

WORLD.

EVEN THEIR ANINALS CAN HOIST A

WEAPON.

WHO IS RIGHT ABOUT GUN CONTROL?

THERE WAS ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND

OUT.

CONFRONT THE MAN RESPONSIBLE.

MR. PRIME MINISTER, LET'S BEGIN

IN THE FORMAL AUSTRALIAN WAY--

G-DAY.

>> HOW DO YOU DO.

>> OBVIOUSLY, GUN CONTROL

DOESN'T WORK.

IT CAN'T WORK.

IT WILL NEVER WORK.

SO WOW WAS YOUR SCHEME A

FAILURE?

>> WELL, MY SCHEME WAS NOT A

FAILURE.

WE HAD A MASSACRE AT PORT ARTHUR

17 YEARS AGO, AND THERE HAVE

BEEN NONE SINCE.

>> ZERO GUN MASS CERS.

HOLD ON.

DID GUN CONTROL ACTUALLY WORK?

>> IT STOPPED ONE THING.

THAT COULD ALSO BE A STATISTICAL

ANOMALY.

>> YEAH, IT WAS JUST MASS

SHOOTINGS DISAPPEARED.

>> THERE WERE SO FEW OF THEM,

WHOOP-DEE-DO.

>> WHOOP-DEE-DO?

>> YES THEIR SHOOTINGS ARE RARE

ANYHOW.

>> EXACTLY, THEY PROBABLY BARELY

HAD A MASSACRE BEFORE 1996.

>> THERE WERE ABOUT 13 IN THE

PREVIOUS 18 YEARS.

IN THE 18 YEARS BEFORE PORT

ARTHUR, THERE WERE 13 MASS

SHOOTINGS.

ALMOST ONE A YEAR.

>> I WAS UNAWARE THEY HAD THAT

MANY.

MASS BEING, WHAT, MORE THAN TWO

PEOPLE AT A TIME?

>> MORE THAN FOUR.

>> MORE THAN FOUR, OKAY.

>> WHOOP-DEE-DO.

>> PERHAPS THERE WERE OFFER

NON-WHOOP-DEE-DO SIDE EFFECTS.

>> THE HOMICIDE RATE INVOLVING

THE USE OF GUNS HAS DECLINED

SIGNIFICANTLY BY FACTORS OF UP

TO 50% AND 60%, AND THE

INCIDENCE OF YOUTH SUICIDES

INVOLVING GUNS HAS DECLINED

DRAMATICALLY.

>> WHOOP-DEE-( BLEEP )-DO.

SUICIDE WITH GUNS WENT DOWN,

ZERO MASS SHOOTINGS.

>> AUSTRALIA STILL HAS MURDER

RATES AND ROBBERIES LAST I

CHECKED.

>> UNLESS YOU CAN GET RID OF

100% OF CRIME, IT'S NOT WORTH

DOING AT ALL?

>> PUT IT THIS WAY, IT'S ILLEGAL

TO HAVE CRACK COCAINE ANYWHERE

IN THE UNITED STATES.

DO YOU THINK IF SOMEBODY REALLY

WANTS IT THEY CAN GET THEIR

HANDS ON CRACK COCAINE IN

AMERICA?

>> SO UNLESS WE CAN COMPLETELY

GET RID OF DRUGS, THERE'S NO

POINT IN HAVING DRUG LAWS AT

ALL.

( APPLAUSE )

>> LET ME THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A

MINUTE.

WELL, I GUESS, EFFECTIVELY IT

DOESN'T WORK.

>> YOU CAN'T ARGUE WITH PHILLIP.

EVEN HIS LOGIC IS BULLETPROOF.

>> WELL, LET ME PUT IT TO YOU

THIS WAY.

THERE ARE MORE DROWN IN

BACKYARDS WHERE THEY HAVE POOLS.

IF THERE ARE NO POOLS THEY DON'T

HAVE A DROWNING IN THE BACKYARD.

THE U.S. HAS A VERY HIGH NUMBER

OF GUNS.

THEREFORE, THERE IS GOING TO BE

MORE CHANCES FOR SOMEBODY TO BE

KILLED WITH A GUN.

>> RIGHT.

RIGHT.

>> RIGHT.

>> RIGHT.

THAT'S MY POINT.

THE SENATE MIGHT THINK LIVING IN

A SOCIETY WITH DRAMATICALLY

REDUCED GUN VIOLENCE IS EYE

WHO-DEE-DO, AND PEOPLE IN

AUSTRALIA COULDN'T AGREE WITH

HIM MORE.

>> WHOOP-DEE-DO.

>> WHOOP-DEE-DO, MATE.

>> WHOOP-DEE-DO, WHATEVER THAT

MEANS.

>> WHOOP-DEE-( BLEEP )-DO!

>> Jon: WE'LL BE RIGHT

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