Depressingly Familiar Post-Tragedy Analysis

  • Aired:  09/18/13
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Despite numerous warning signs and previous violent incidents, the Washington D.C. shooter legally purchased a gun two days before killing 12 people. (3:56)

[THEME MUSIC PLAYING]>> Jon: WELCOME TO

"THE DAILY SHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

OH, WE GOT A GOOD ONE.

WE GOT A GOOD ONE.

WE GOT A GOOD ONE FOR YOUTONIGHT.

OUR GUEST TONIGHT, MY MANCRUSH...

[LAUGHTER]MR. HUGH JACKMAN WILL BE JOINING

US.

LET'S BEGIN TONIGHT, THOUGH,WE'RE GOING TO GO FROM

EXCITEMENT TO NOT AS MUCH.

LET'S BEGIN TONIGHT WITH OURSADLY RECURRING SEGMENT,

DEPRESSINGLY FAMILIARPOST-TRAGEDY

ANALYSIS. SO, THE GUY WHOKILLED ALL THOSE PEOPLEMONDAY WITH A SHOTGUN HE

LEGALLY PURCHASED TWO DAYSBEFORE THAT, WARNING SIGNS?

>> ALEXIS' FAMILY HAS TOLDINVESTIGATORS HE SUFFERED FROM

MENTAL ILLNESS FOR A DECADE.

>> Jon: A DECADE OF MENTALILLNESS.

THAT'S PECULIAR.

WOULDN'T THERE BE A PAPER TRAILFOR TEN YEARS OF PSYCHIATRIC

ISSUES.

>> HE SOUGHT AND RECEIVEDTREATMENT THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT

OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS.

>>>> Jon: OH.

[LAUGHTER]SO THE V.A.

LOTS OF PAPER, NOT A LOT OFTRAIL.

WELL, AT LEAST THE SHOOTER HADNO LEGAL ISSUES THAT MIGHT

PRECLUDE HIM FROM GUN OWNERSHIP.

>> TWICE HE WAS ARRESTED INMINOR SHOOTING INCIDENTS, IN

SEATTLE UNTIL 2004 AND IN TEXASIN

2010.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW, IF I WANTEDTO PICK OUT ONE THING THAT BEST

EXEMPLIFIES OUR COUNTRY'SPECULIAR

RELATIONSHIP WITH GUNS, IT MIGHTBE THAT THE PHRASE "MINOR

SHOOTING INCIDENT" EXISTS.

IT WAS JUST A COUPLE BULLETS,YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

I HAD TO TURN THE TV OFF AND IDIDN'T WANT TO GET UP AND GET

THE REMOTE SO... WHAT EXACTLYCONSTITUTES A MINOR SHOOTING

INCIDENT?

>> SHOOTING IN AN APARTMENT,HARASSING A COWORKER BY SHOOTING

OUT HIS TIRES.

>> Jon: SHOOTING SOMEONE'STIRES OUT IS NOT HARASSMENT.

HARASSMENT OF A CONSTRUCTIONWORKER, IS HEY, THAT'S A NICE

HARD HAT, DOES IT COME IN MEN'SCOLORS.

THAT'S HARASSMENT.

>> THE TEXAS SHOOTING CASE LEDTO ALEXIS' DISCHARGE FROM THE

NAVY RESERVES.

>> .

>> Jon: OH, WELL THEN I GUESSTHE NAVY AS PER STANDARD

PROCEDURE HAD THOSE RECORDSMULCHED AND FED TO HUNGRY

DOLPHINS WHERE THE RECORDS WEREPOOPED ON TO THE OCEAN FLOOR.

YOU KNOW WHAT, THAT'S ALL IN THEPAST.

THAT'S THE PAST.

THERE'S PROBABLY NOTHING WITHINTHE PAST MONTH THAT WOULD HAVE

GIVEN PAUSE TO THE SHOT GUNBACKGROUND CHECKERS.

>> JUST LAST MONTH THERE WAS ANINCIDENT IN NEWPORT, RHODE

ISLAND.

ALEXIS CALLED POLICE THERE ONAUGUST 7th TO SAY HE WAS

HEARING VOICES AND THAT PEOPLEWERE STALKING HIM AND USING A

MICROWAVE TO SEND VIBRATIONSINTO HIS BODY.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: THIS IS WHY I USE A

HIBACHI.

[LAUGHTER]BECAUSE WHEN IT TELLS ME TO KILL

PEOPLE, IT SPEAKS IN A LANGUAGEI DON'T UNDERSTAND.

SO IF ONLY ALL OUR LAWENFORCEMENT SYSTEMS HAD BEEN

ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH ONEANOTHER AND SHARE ALL THIS VERY

PERTINENT INFORMATION, AREASONABLE PERSON MIGHT CONCLUDE

THESHOOTER NEVER WOULD HAVE GOTTEN

HIS HANDS ON THAT SHOTGUN.

UNLESS THAT REASONABLE PERSON ISFAMILIAR WITH OUR NATION'S

BACKGROUND GUN CHECK LAWS.

>> UNDER THE GUN CONTROL ACT,THIS INDIVIDUAL WAS NOT

PROHIBITED FROM PURCHASINGFIREARMS.

HE WASN'T A CONVICTED FELON.

HE WAS NOT AN ILLEGAL ALIEN.

HE WAS NOT DISHONORABLYDISCHARGED FROM THE MILITARY,

NOR WAS HE FOUND MENTALLYDEFECTIVE BY A COURT, SO

THEREFORE HE WAS ABLE TO GO INTOA GUN STORE AND BUY A GUN.

>> Jon: GET IT.

EVEN IF THE GUN STORE OWNER WASAWARE THAT THIS GUY HEARD VOICES

AND HAD BEEN ARRESTED ON GUNCHARGES THAT HAD GOTTEN HIM

DISCHARGED FROM THE NAVYRESERVES, THAT MAN STILL WOULD

HAVE PASSED A BACKGROUND CHECKWITH FLYING CRAZY.

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