Thursday Night Law - S**t Happens v. What Are You Gonna Do?

  • Aired:  06/19/14
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In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court narrowly decides against allowing individuals to lie on federal forms when buying a gun. (5:12)

HARD TO THINK OF ANY OTHERCHANGE THAT'S THIS LONG OVERDUE.

>> A NEW BILL IN JAPAN OUTLAWSTHE POSSESSION OF CHILD

PORNOGRAPHY.

>> Jon: DID NOT SEE THATCOMING.

[LAUGHTER]DID YOU SAY "A NEW BILL-- A NEW

BILL." THAT MAKES JAPANMAYBE THE ONLY COUNTRY

TO INVENT A ROBOT WHO CAN MAKEPANCAKES BEFORE

OUTLAWING THE POSSESSION OFCHILD PORNOGRAPHY.

NOW THAT WE'VE GOT THE PANCAKEROBOT, MAYBE WE SHOULD DO THAT.

I REALLY HOPE THIS IS JUSTBECAUSE JAPAN HAS NO CHILD PORN.

AND THEN THEY PASS THISLEGISLATION IN CASE ANYONE EVER

GOT IT, YOU KNOW, LIKE OUR VOTERI.D. LAWS TO PREVENT FRAUD.

IT'S JUST THEORETICAL, RIGHT.

>> ON THE STREETS OF TOKYOSEX SELLS, MAGAZINES AND

VIDEOS, SO SEXUALLY EXPLICIT,PORNOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS OF

YOUNG GIRLS ENGAGED IN VIOLENTSEX OFTENTIMES WITH OLDER MEN.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: I THINK WE ALL OWE

GODZILLA AN APOLOGY.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]ANYWAY, I GUESS,

CONGRATULATIONS, JAPAN, BETTERLATE THAN NEVER.

>> BUT GRAPHIC CARTOONS, EVENONES SHOWING KIDS BEING RAPED,

WILL STAY LEGAL.

WHY?

BECAUSE ANIME ANIMATION ANDMANGA COMICS ARE A MULTIBILLION

DOLLAR INDUSTRY WITH POLITICALAND LOBBYING POWER.

>> Jon: THAT IS EMBARRASSING,JAPAN.

THAT IS EMBARRASSING.

HOW CAN A LOBBY FOR HARMFUL,DESTRUCTIVE INDUSTRY TAKE

PRECEDENCE OVER THE PROTECTIONOF CHILDREN?

I AM FRANKLY... I AM...

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]I AM SHOCKED.

I AM UPSET.

SPEAKING OF, SPEAKING OFAMERICA'S NATIONAL WEAPON, THE

GUN, THE SUPREME COURT RECENTLYHEARD A CASE INVOLVING SAID

CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTEDFREEDOM MAKER.

>> BRUCE ABRAMSKI WAS A FORMERVIRGINIA POLICE OFFICER.

HE OFFERED TO BUY THE GUN FORHIS UNCLE WHO LIVED IN

PENNSYLVANIA BECAUSE HE THOUGHTHE COULD GET A DISCOUNT.

THE UNCLE GAVE HIM THE MONEYWHEN HE BOUGHT THE GUN.

HE CHECKED THE BOX ON A FORMTHAT ASKED IF HE WAS THE ACTUAL

BUYER.

>> Jon: I DON'T SEE THEPROBLEM THERE.

HE MERELY LIED TO THE FEDERALGOVERNMENT ON A FORM IN ORDER TO

DEFRAUD A GUN DEALER OF AFULL-PRICE SALE. I DON'T,

LOOK, I'M SURE THE FORMS ARECONFUSING.

IT'S NOT LIKE THE FORM CLEARLYSTATES, "QUESTION 11A: ARE YOU

THE ACTUAL BUYER.

WARNING, YOU ARE NOT THE ACTUALBUYER IF YOU ARE ACQUIRING THE

FIREARM ON BEHALF OF ANOTHERPERSON. I UNDERSTAND THAT

ANSWERING YES TO QUESTION 11A IFI'M NOT THE ACTUALY BUYER IS A

CRIME PUNISHABLE AS AFELONY UNDER FEDERAL LAW."

THAT COULD MEAN ANYTHING.

[LAUGHTER]I'M NOT A LEGAL SCHOLAR, BUT I'M

GUESSING THIS IS GOING TO BRINGUS ONE OF THEM WHATCHU CALL

IT THERE 9-0 DECISIONS INTHE SUPREME COURT.

>> IN A 5-4 DECISION, THE COURTRULED THAT THE BUYERS MUST TELL

THE TRUTH WHEN THEY ARE BUYINGGUNS FOR SOMEONE ELSE.

>> Jon: WHAT?

WAIT.

SO FOUR JUSTICES, FOUR JUSTICESON THE NATION'S HIGHEST COURT

RULED THAT WHEN BUYING GUNS, YOUCAN LIE.

>> AS SOON AS I BUY IT, I WALKOUT OF THE STORE AND I MEET THIS

GUY IN THE PARKING LOT.

HE SAYS, HEY, THAT'S ANIFTY-LOOKING GUN THERE.

HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY FOR IT?

HE SAYS, YOU KNOW, I PAID $600.

I'LL GIVE YOU $700.

IT'S YOURS.

RIGHT?

I CAN HAND IT TO HIM, CAN'T I?

>> Jon: YES, AND THEN HE CANGET HIS $700 BACK AT WHAT I CAN

ONLY ASSUME IS GUNPOINT.

SO, YES, THERE IS APPARENTLY NOPROHIBITION ON TRANSFERRING THE

GUN AFTER YOU BUY IT, SO WHAT'SYOUR POINT, SCALIA?

>> THE NOTION THAT THE GUN WOULDSOMEHOW GET INTO THE HANDS OF

SOMEBODY WHO, YOU KNOW, WHOWASN'T REGISTERED OR COULDN'T

BUY IT HIMSELF, I MEAN, THAT'SGOING TO HAPPEN ANYWAY.

WHAT YOU ASSERT DOES NOT STOPTHAT PROBLEM.

>> Jon: SCALIA IS ACTUALLYREFERRING TO THE

PRECEDENT-MAKING CASE BLEEPHAPPENS V.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? IGUESS THE REAL TAKEAWAY IS

THIS, THIS IS WHAT'S CRAZY. SO,SO THE REAL TAKEAWAY FROM THIS

IS, SO YOU'RE ONLY ALLOWEDTO BUY A GUN AT A GUN

STORE AFTER GOING THROUGH SOMETYPE OF QUESTIONNAIRE BACKGROUND

CHECK.

BUT THEN YOU CAN JUST SELL IT ORGIVE IT TO THE FIRST PERSON YOU

SEE IN A PARKING LOT.

SO MY ADVICE TO YOU IS THE NEXTTIME YOU SEE A GUY COME AT YOU

IN PARKING LOT WAVING A GUN,DON'T BE AFRAID.

HE'S JUST EXCITED AT WHAT AGREAT DEAL HE JUST GOT.

[LAUGHTER]WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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