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Video: Jon Stewart Eviscerates Republicans' Logic During Gun Violence Hearings

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Stewart revisits Wednesday's four-hour carnival of conservative contradictions.

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JL A (281)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:12 am
Tea Party and the Right
AlterNet / By Steven Hsieh

Jon Stewart Eviscerates Republicans' Logic During Gun Violence Hearings
Stewart revisits Wednesday's four-hour carnival of conservative contradictions.
February 1, 2013 |

Republicans invoked all kinds of insane logic during the Senate hearing on gun violence Wednesday. For Jon Stewart, the four-hour carnival was a gold mine for conservative contradictions. Wayne LaPierre invoked both governmental "tyranny" and "abandonment" as strong cases for second amendment rights, two scenarios completely at odds with one another. As Stewart put it, our government seems to be on "the verge of both fascism and impotence."

Stewart also took on Gayle Trotter, of the Independent Woman's Forum, who hilariously claimed that "the AR-15 is women's weapon of choice." Trotter used an anecdote about a young women who protected herself from intruders with a gun she kept at home. What she failed to mention was that her weapon, a Remington shotgun, would not be banned under the proposed gun control statute

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 3:12 pm

I never miss Jon Stewart, and this was but one of many very good shows on this and other topics or hot points lately. He can laser in on the foolish elements and just smash them with some humor and by opening up the irony they missed.

People are reacting in extreme stances on this topic with political ideology rather than a thought to social reforms, I don't see good solutions ahead. I do believe all guns, should be registered, and no that will not stop those who are involved with true organized crime. What it might do is - could do is make the transport and sale of all firearms more dangerous and difficult to obtain. I know that prohibition rarely works, but we must have a comprise of rights verse public safety.

A person intent on causing mass murder can do so with a shot gun and a couple of hand guns, with extra clips and extra shells, but they would have to reload, in that case, others may have the opportunity to either subdue the shooter or the police will arrive.

We must not slide into the absurd with these discussions, we must focus on real and lasting solutions. Just removing "some" military style assault rifles is not in itself an answer. We must consider that many fatalities (from guns) are within the home, are either accidents, suicides or a part of domestic violence. If we as a society do not address all of the issues, but chose instead to react pro or con to a Bill that is a patch work issues, we will not resolve this decades old, yet ever growing problem. The majority of gun owners are not properly trained in the use, cleaning, or safe keeping of their hand guns. If that is not addressed along with incentives to remove guns from homes that are known to have domestic violence, we simply are using a cause celeb to boost the egos of the few, with continued harm to the many.

This is not about the second amendment, is a public safety issue. I have very little interest in the statements about this issue from a paid spokesman for gun manufacturers or from self serving members of Congress. People need to stop and really think just how this is affecting our society, and not allow the propaganda from either "side" persuade or dissuade their thinking. Thinking of the real issues, the human price we have paid, and paid with the blood of loved ones for guns to be easier to obtain than a drivers license.

It took MADD to finally make people look at the dangers of drunk driving, cancer to make people reconsider the dangers of cigarettes. Have we not seen enough to make us all think of alternatives to allowing anyone able to enter a "gun show" to buy a gun and than use it for some unknown and nefarious purpose? Certainly there must be a reasonable way to address this issue.

greenplanet e (155)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 5:09 pm

"Mass discussion" -- super!

Christeen Anderson (368)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 5:24 pm
Jon you are positively the best. Thank you.

JL A (281)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 5:28 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week. Thank you for so clearly explaining what the needs and issue is and is not.
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