Arizona Shootings Reaction

  • Aired:  01/10/11
  •  | Views: 730,197

John Oliver reports on the Arizona tragedy from his childhood bedroom where he can rock back and forth in his panda pajamas. (9:34)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILY

SHOW" EVERYBODY.

JON STEWART.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

I WOULD LOVE TO SAY THAT WE'VE

GOT A GREAT SHOW FOR YOU

TONIGHT, UM, NOT SURE THAT'S THE

CASE.

[LAUGHTER]

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE DENIS LEARY

IN THE STUDIO.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY AFTER

WATCHING THE NEWS ALL WEEKEND

ALL I WANT TO DO IS VISIT WITH

THE OLD FRIEND AND PERHAPS TRADE

INSULTS ABOUT ONE ANOTHER'S

ACTING ABILITY.

[LAUGHTER]

IT'S HARD TO KNOW WHAT TO SAY.

THE EVENTS THIS WEEKEND IN

ARIZONA WEIGH HEAVILY.

SADLY, IT IS A FEELING THAT THIS

COUNTRY HAS EXPERIENCED ALL TOO

OFTEN AND UNFORTUNATELY FOR OUR

SHOW, THE CLOSER THAT WE HAVE

GOTTEN TOWARDS DISCUSSING AND

DEALING WEAPON CURRENT EVENTS IT

HARDER IT BECOMES IN SITUATIONS

WHERE REALITY IS TRULY SAD.

CAN I GIVE YOU -- I CAN GIVE YOU

A TYPICAL COMPILATION OF THE

DAY'S NEWS EXCESSES.

CLEARLY NONE OF OUR

CORRESPONDENTS FEELS LIKE

STANDING AROUND, REPORTING

PRETENDING TO BE IN WASHINGTON.

AT LEAST I DON'T THINK THEY DO.

OLIVER?

>> YOU ARE RIGHT, JON.

NO ONE WANTS TO DO THIS.

NO ONE.

NO ONE WANTS TO DO THIS SO CAN I

GO?

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: BEFORE YOU GO, IS

THERE A REASON YOU ARE IN -- PAN

PAN -- PANDA PA JUDGEAS?

-- PA JUDGEAS.

>> THERE A REASON YOU'RE NOT,

JON.

I'LL TELL YOU WHY I'M IN MY

PANDA PJ'S.

I'M IN MY CHILDHOOD BEDROOM,

JON, WHERE I'M ROCK BACK AND

FORTH WONDERING WHY THE COUNTRY

I'VE COME TO LOVE SO MUCH

FINDING ITSELF STRUGGLING WITH

THE TERRIBLY VIOLENT TRAGEDY.

>> Jon: WELL, THAT CERTAINLY

EXPLAINS WHY YOU ARE IN

WASHINGTON.

I STILL CAN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND

WHY IT EXPLAINS WHY YOU HAVE ON

ADULT PANDA PAJAMAS.

>> THAT'S A STUPID QUESTION,

JON, BECAUSE CHILDREN'S PANDA

PJ'S WOULD LOOK RIDICULOUS ON

ME.

THEY'D BE TOO SMALL.

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> Jon: SO HERE WE ARE AGAIN

STUNNED BY A TRAGEDY.

WE'VE BEEN VISITED BY THIS DEMON

BEFORE.

OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THOSE

INJURED OR KILLED AND THEIR

LOVED ONES.

HOW DO YOU MAKE SENSE OF THESE

TYPES OF SENSELESS SITUATIONS IS

REALLY THE QUESTION THAT SEEMS

TO BE ON EVERYBODY'S MIND.

I DON'T KNOW THAT THERE'S A WAY

TO MAKE SENSE OF THIS SORT OF

THING.

AS I WATCHED THE POLITICAL

PUNDIT WORLD, MANY ARE

REFLECTING AND GRIEVING AND

TRYING TO FIGURE THINGS OUT.

IT'S TRUE THAT OTHERS ARE

WORKING FEARISHLY -- FEVERISHLY

TO FIND FLAME AND EXONERATE THE

OTHER.

WATCHING THAT IS AS PREDICABLE

AS IT IS DISSPIRITTING.

DID THE TOXIC POLITICAL

ENVIRONMENT CAUSE THIS?

A GRAPHIC IMAGE HERE, AN

ILL-TIMED COMMENT, VIOLENT

RHETORIC, THOSE TYPES OF THINGS.

I HAVE NO (bleep) IDEA.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU KNOW, WE LIVE IN A COMPLEXç

ECOSYSTEM OF INFLUENCES AND

MOTIVATIONS AND I WOULDN'T BLAME

OUR POLITICAL RHETORIC ANY MORE

THAN I WOULD BLAME HEAVY METAL

MUSIC FOR COLUMBINE AND THAT IS

COMING FROM SOMEBODY WHO TRULY

HATES OUR POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT.

IT IS TOXIC.

IT IS UNPRODUCTIVE BUT TO SAY

THAT THAT IS WHAT HAS CAUSED

THIS OR THAT THE PEOPLE IN THAT

ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS I DON'T

THINK YOU COULD DO IT.

BOY, WOULD THAT BE NICE.

BOW, IT WOULD BE NICE -- BOY,

WOULD IT BE NICE TO BE ABLE TO

DRAW A STRAIGHT LINE OF

CAUSATION FROM THIS HORROR TO

SOMETHING TANGIBLE BECAUSE THEN

WE COULD CONVINCE OURSELVE, IS

THAT IF WE JUST STOPPED THIS THE

HORRORS WOULD END.

TO HAVE THE FEELING, HOWEVER

FLEETING, THAT THIS TYPE OF

EVENT COULD BE PREVENTED

FOREVER.

IT'S HARD NOT TO FEEL LIKE IT

CAN.

YOU KNOW, YOU CANNOT OUTSMART

CRAZY.

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT A TROUBLED

MIND WILL GET CAUGHT ON.

-- CRAZY ALWAYS SEEMS TO FIND A

WAY.

TO ALWAYS HAS.

THAT IS NOT TO SUGGEST THAT

RESISTANCE IS FUTURE AISLE.

IT SOUND -- FUTURE -- FUTILE.

THAT SOUNDED DARK.

CRAZY PEOPLE RULE US ALL.

I DON'T THINK IT'S TRUE.

I DO THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO

WATCH OUR RHETORIC.

I THINK IT'S A WORTHWHILE GOAL

NOT TO CONFLATE OUR POLITICAL

OPPONENTS WITH ENEMIES IF FOR NO

OTHER REASON THAN TO DRAW A

BETTER DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE

MANIFESTOS OF PARANOID MADMEN

AND WHAT PASSES FOR ACCEPTABLE

POLITICAL AND PUNDIT SPEAK.

IT WOULD BE REALLY NICE IF THE

RAMBLES OF -- RAMBLINGS OF CRAZY

PEOPLE DIDN'T IN ANY WAY

RESEMBLE HOW WE ACTUALLY TALK TO

EACH OTHER ON TV.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

LET'S AT LEAST --

[ APPLAUSE ]

LET'S -- LET'S AT LEAST MAKE

TROUBLED INDIVIDUALS EASIER TO

SPOT.

[LAUGHTER]

AND, YOU KNOW, AGAIN -- IT IS TO

SEE GOOD PEOPLE LIKE THIS HURT,

IT IS SO GRIEVOUS AND IT CAUSES

ME SUCH SADNESS BUT I REFUSE TO

GIVE IN TO THAT FEELING OF

DESPAIR.

THERE'S LIGHT IN THIS SITUATION.

I URGE EVERYONE READ UP ABOUT

THOSE WHO WERE HURT AND OR

KILLED IN THIS SHOOTING.

YOU WILL BE COMFORTED BY JUST

HOW MUCH ANONYMOUS GOODNESS

THERE REALLY IS IN THE WORLD.

YOU READ ABOUT THESE PEOPLE AND

YOU REALIZE THAT PEOPLE THAT YOU

DON'T EVEN KNOW, THAT YOU HAVE

NEVER MET, ARE LEADING LIVES OF

REAL DIGNITY AND GOODNESS.

AND YOU HEAR ABOUT CRAZY BUT

IT'S RARER THAN YOU THINK.

I THINK YOU'LL FIND YOURSELF

EVEN MORE IMPRESSED WITH

CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS AND

AMAZED AFTER HOW MUCH LIVING WAS

PACKED IN THE LIVES CUT WAY TOO

SHORT.

AND IF THERE IS REAL SOLACE IN

THIS, I THINK IT'S THAT FOR ALL

THE HYPERBOLE AND HAVE IT --

VITRIOL WHEN THE REALITY OF THAT

RHETORIC, WHEN ACTIONS MATCH THE

WORDS WE HAVEN'T LOST OUR

CAPACITY TO BE HORRIFIED.

PLEASE LET US HOPE WE NEVER DO.

LET US HOPE WE NEVER BECOME NUMB

TO WHAT REAL HORROR, THE REAL

BLOOD OF PATRIOTS LOOKS LIKE÷úÑi

WHEN IT'S SPILLED.

HOPEFULLY IT HELPS US MATCH OUR

RHETORIC WITH REALITY MORE

OFTEN.

THE REALITY OF DANGEROUS

RHETORIC IS, I THINK EVEN THOSE

WHO SPEAK HYPERBOLICALLY ALL OF

THAT WOULD RECOIL AND SAY, WOW,

THAT'S, YOU KNOW -- THAT IS NOT

THE PICTURE OF WHAT WE WERE

DISCUSSING OR TALKING ABOUT.

I HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THERE'S

A REALITY TO THAT SITUATION THAT

WE CAN'T APPROACH VERBALLY.

BECAUSE SOMEONE OR SOMETHING

WILL SHATTER OUR WORLD AGAIN.

AND WOULDN'T IT BE A SHAME IF WE

DIDN'T TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY AND

THE LOSS OF THESE INCREDIBLE

PEOPLE AND THE PAIN THAT THEIR

LOVED ONES ARE GOING THROUGH

RIGHT NOW, WOULDN'T IT BE A

SHAME IF WE DIDN'T TAKE THAT

MOMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE

WORLD THAT WE ARE CREATING NOW

THAT WILL ULTIMATELY BE

SHATTERED AGAIN BY A MOMENT OF

LUNACY, WOULDN'T IT BE A SHAME

IF THAT WORLD WASN'T BETTER THAN

THE ONE WE PREVIOUSLY LOST?

SO HOW WILL BE PROCESS THIS

TONIGHT?

ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA.

WE'LL COME BACK.

I'LL SHOW A FIELD PIECE ABOUT

SOMETHING INCREDIBLY STUPID AND

SILLY.

DENIS LEARY WILL COME OUT HERE.

HE AND I WILL MOST LIKELY INSULT

EACH OTHER PLAYFULLY.

[LAUGHTER]

AND THEN TOMORROW, YOU KNOW, WE

GO BACK TO TRYING TO DO WHAT WE

NORMALLY DO WHICH IS HIGHLIGHT

ABSURDITY IN A CHEMICAL WAY THAT

IS A CATHARSIS FOR PEOPLE AND

NOT A SADNESS.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

I KNOW IT IS PROBABLY

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