Weapons of Mass Discussion

  • Aired:  01/31/13
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Gun rights advocates argue that guns are a necessary protection from a government simultaneously on the verge of fascism and impotence. (6:26)

HEADQUARTERS THIS IS "THE DAILY SHOW" WITH JON STEWART.

["THE COLBERT REPORT" THEME MUSIC PLAYING]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILY SHOW" MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

GOOD ONE TONIGHT JASON BAITMAN.

-- BATEMAN.

FINE ACTOR, FUNNY MAN.

WE BEGIN IN CONGRESS WHERE THE SENATE WANTED TO GET A QUICK DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE GUN

CONTROL LEGISLATION.

QUIT LOOKING AT THE PHILOSOPHY OF NOT ENACTING ANY GUN REGULATIONS.

IF YOU LOOK AT WHY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PUT IT THERE, THEY LIVED UNDER THE TYRANNY OF KING GEORGE

AND THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE FREE PEOPLE IN THIS NEW COUNTRY WOULD NEVER BE SUBJUGATED AGAIN

AND NEVER HAVE TO LIVE UNDER TYRANNY.

>> Jon: OR DEMOCRATIC DECISIONS THEY DON'T AGREE WITH, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHAT THE GUNS

ARE FOR.

SO THE IDEA IS GUNS ARE A BULLWORTH AGAINST DICTATORSHIP.

WHY ELSE DO WE NEED GUNS?

>> WHAT PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY FEAR TODAY IS BEING ABANDONED BY THEIR GOVERNMENT.

>> Jon: THE WAIT, WHAT?

THE -- I'M LOST.

>> YOU COULD FIND YOURSELF IN THIS COUNTRY IN A LAWLESS ENVIRONMENT THROUGH A NATURAL

DISASTER OR RIOT.

MA RAWING GANGS GOING THROUGHOUT THE AREA LOOTING STORES, LOOTING, ROBBING AND RAPING.

>> Jon: IF YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES LINDSEY GRAHAM DELIVERS A PRETTY GOOD TENNESSEE WILLIAMS -- YOU

DON'T UNDERSTAND THERE ARE MAURADERES OUT THERE AND ME HERE ON A STAIRCASE IN ONLY A NEGLIG,

WE JUST MY PARASOL AND JULEP TO PROTECT ME.

LOOTING ROBBING AND RAPING.

THEY MAY BE A GANG BUT YOU HAVE TO ADMIRE THEIR AMBITION.

THAT'S A MAURADING GANG GOING PLACES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WE NEED GUNS TO PROTECT US ON A GOVERNMENT ON THE VERGE OF FASCISM AND IMPOTENCE.

HASN'T GONE EITHER WAY, BUT IT COULD.

NO ONE HAS SUGGESTED DISARMING THE POCKET.

THAT'S THE POINT.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RESTRICTING CERTAIN MILITARY STYLE WEAPONS AS WE DO WITH TANKS, BUSINESSES

AND I DON'T KNOW NAPALM.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT?

>> I'M HOLDING IN A HAND A PISTOL GRIP.

UNDER THIS PROPOSED LEGISLATION IF THIS PIECE OF PLASTIC, THIS PISTOL GRIP WERE ATTACHED TO

THIS RIFLE, IT WOULD SUDDENLY BECOME A BANNED ASSAULT WEAPON.

>> Jon: ACTUALLY IT'S SUPPOSE TBED A PICTURE OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON WHICH EVEN UNDER OBAMA'S

REIN WOULD STILL BE LEGAL.

FAIR POINT THERE ARE ARBITRARY ASPECTS AND SILLY ASPECTS TO THE LEGISLATION THAT PERHAPS A YOUNG

FACED FRESH LEGISLATOR CLEARLY EAGER TO SHAPE LEGISLATION COULD SHAPE.

MAYBE DON'T MAKE IT ABOUT THE GRIP BUT FIRE RATE MAGAZINE SIZE.

>> WE HEAR THAT NOBODY NEEDS LARGER MAGAZINES THAT THOSES THAT USE TO SHOOT DEERS BUT AN

ATTACKING CRIMINAL UNLIKE A DEER SHOOTS BACK.

>> Jon: UNLIKE A DEER, SOMEONE HASN'T SEEN BAMBO.

LYME IS THE DISEASE, BAMBO IS THE CURE!

HE REALLY LOOKS A LOT LIKE A KANGAROO RIGHT THERE.

THAT'S -- LIKE A KANGAROO IMITATING CLEOPATRA.

THIS GUN CONTROL DISCUSSION IS OFF TO A STANDARD AND REDUNDANT START.

ARE THERE ANY NEW ARGUMENTS THAT CAN PUSH THE ASSAULT WEAPON BAN FORWARD.

>> YOUNG WOMEN ARE SPEAK OUT AS TO WHY THE AR-15 WEAPONS ARE THE WEAPON OF CHOICE.

>> Jon: WORST J-DATE PROFILE ENTRY EVER.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THAT'S GUN ACTIVITY GAIL PRADO.

SHE HAS A STORY TO TELL WHY LADIES NEED AR-15S.

>> I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN WITH THE COMPELLING STORY OF SARAH McKINLEY.

HOME ALONE WITH HER BABY SHE CALLED 911 WHEN TWO VIOLENT INTRUDERS BEGAN TO BREAK DOWN

HER FRONT DOOR.

MS. McKINLEY FIRED HER WEAPON FATALLY WOUNDING ONE OF THE VIOLENT ATTACKERS.

THE OTHER FLED.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: POWERFUL.

ANECDOTAL BUT POWERFUL DOESN'T GO TO THE FACT THAT YOU ARE ACCORDING TO MOST STUDIES FOR

MORE LIKELY TO BE HURT BY A GUN IN THE HOME THAN USE IT TO PROTECT FROM AN ASSAILANT.

>> QUICK QUESTION, SHE USED A REMINGTON 870-EXPRESS 12-GAIG SHOTGUN THAT WOULD NOT BE BANNED

UNDER THE PROPOSED STATUTE, CORRECT?

>> I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT TYPE OF WEAPON SHE USED.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: YOU DON'T REMEMBER.

YOU TOLD A JAMES JOYCEIAN STORY ABOUT THE LADY AND THE ROBBERS.

YOU DON'T REMEMBER THE GUN, IE, THE ONLY DETAIL RELEVANT TO THE HEARING.

IT WAS A NONBANNED WEAPON, A SHOTGUN.

WHY DO YOU NEED AN AR-15.

>> THE PEACE OF MIND THAT A WOMAN HAS AS SHE'S FACING THREE, FOUR, FIVE VIOLENT ATTACKERS,

INTRUDERS IN HER HOME, WITH HER CHILDREN SCREAMING IN THE BACKGROUND, THE PEACE OF MIND

KNOWING SHE HAS A SCARY LOOKING GUN GIVES HER MORE COURAGE WHEN SHE'S FIGHTING HARDENED VIOLENT CRIMINALS.

>> Jon: WHEN DID IT TURN INTO THREE AND FOUR AND

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