Jon Stewart on mission-creep at the NRA’s annual convention (video)

A particularly good Jon Stewart episode on the NRA’s annual convention, which was as nutty and extremist as ever.

“Stop pretending that background checks are the last barrier standing between a free America and Obama-sponsored government mom-rape.”


Stewart made an excellent point about Wayne LaPierre’s “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” LaPierre says everyone needs to have a gun to stop the government. But then says that the government catching the Boston Marathon bombing suspects shows the value of guns. So, the government is the bad guy with a gun and the good guy with a gun.

This really is one of the better Jon Stewart rants. Watch it.

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19 Responses to “Jon Stewart on mission-creep at the NRA’s annual convention (video)”

  1. karmanot says:

    “There is a big difference.” Well, maybe it looks that way to you, but when folks laugh at the size of it, you might want to take a hint.

  2. karmanot says:

    “I can go all day long,” Well, aren’t you just so special. But, don’t. Go troll over on the right somewhere.

  3. “I can go all day long.” Oh, I don’t doubt that! It’s all rubbish anyway (the bizarrely inappropriate swipe at “celebrities” is particularly funny) but I don’t doubt you can crank out as much of it as you like. No need, though; just direct me to an AM radio station and save yourself the trouble of typing.

  4. Paul says:

    We’re not the radicals pushing our agenda, we’re doing everything we can to stop you from furthering your own. There is a big difference.

  5. Paul says:

    Being anti-death penalty and pro abortion?
    Pro-Gay and Pro-Muslim? Pro-Women and Pro-Muslim?
    Pro-Human Evolution and Pro-Government control of Humans?
    Religious Freedom except for Christians?
    Pro-Education, anti-School choice?
    Pro-Minority unless they’re Republican?
    Anti-Racist unless its against whites?
    Anti-Racist but believe black people need special rules?
    Pro Civil Liberties except for the right to bear arms?
    Anti-Gun unless its to protect your favorite celebrity?
    Pro-Free Speech and the Fairness Doctrine?
    Global Climate Change and Anti-Nuclear (or anything that obstructs your view)?
    Bush surveillance is bad, but Obama surveillance is good?

    I can go all day long, if you need more proof of your own hypocrisy, please let me know.

  6. BeccaM says:

    What’s interesting is that almost never happens in history — that is, the military breaking the chain of command to institute a democratic revolution. In this case, I guess their fantasy is it’d be with the help of the gun collectors (“Go Wolverines!”)

    What usually happens when there’s a military coup is they do so in order to create a dictatorship. Which in this case would be even worse than the oh so terrible tyranny they think they’re suffering now.

  7. They say the love the troops, but that’s exactly who’d they be shooting come revolution time. Same deal with the police, who are supposedly the ‘good guys’ with guns.

    This is a paradox I’ve long wondered about. How can you be both for maintaining an enormous standing army and be afraid that the tyrannical gubmint’s going to kick in the doors of patriotic gun owners? A commenter on another forum said he’d heard the following explanation from one gun nut: the armed forces are honest patriots sworn to uphold the Constitution and will fight against government tyranny when the time comes, but Obama has some other secret army of jackbooted thugs ready to do his bidding. I suspect there are wild ideas lurking out there that Obama plans to bring in UN troops or some other foreign power to enforce his dictatorship.
    Damned if I know what’s really in the head of a wingnut like that, though. The right-wing ability to hold multiple, simultaneously self-contradictory notions in their minds just astounds me sometimes.

  8. BeccaM says:

    But not nearly as delicious.

  9. BeccaM says:

    The fetishists can’t seem to make up their minds, other than “MUST HAVE MOAR GUNZ!”

    They say the love the troops, but that’s exactly who’d they be shooting come revolution time. Same deal with the police, who are supposedly the ‘good guys’ with guns.

    They say they’re in favor of law-abiding citizens having unfettered access to firearms, but are against any means of checking to make sure the person there at the gun counter, or at the gun show, or buying from a random seller is actually law-abiding and also not insane.

    They say they don’t want any new gun laws passed until the existing ones are enforced more fully, but are against funding the BATF and against giving law enforcement the means to enforce.

    A lot of them like to tout how much safety training they’ve had and how responsible they themselves are with their guns, but are entirely against making such training and responsible behavior mandatory.

    That was a great bit, too, where Stewart pointed out Ted Cruz crowing about the filibuster to stop any new gun regulations — at the same time Cruz was complaining about how unfair it was to filibuster his own gun regulation repeal bill. Or all those NRA guests bemoaning the use of emotion in trying to get some sensible gun regs passed — by saying people need arsenals to repel a tyrannical government, lurking terrorists (who are everywhere), and gangs of mom-rapers.

  10. karmanot says:

    So are turkeys . :-O

  11. BeccaM says:

    They’re pretty, but they’re also loud, annoying, aggressive, and rather stupid.

  12. woodroad34 says:

    She preens herself and shovels it on enough to be one….and she’s butch enough to be a male peacock.

  13. karmanot says:

    History confirms genocide by the US government.

  14. pappyvet says:

    Frighten them sheep,play to their hatred and paranoia and you can lead them anywhere….with a nice profit too !

  15. It’s all just one quivering mass of crazy, isn’t it, and any gathering of right-wingers for one reason is going to turn into an excuse to rant and rave about all the others.

    If I might invoke a touch of false equivalence, you do see a hint of the same behavior on the left; I’ve been to protests about gay rights and also about the Iraq invasion and in all cases there’s that fringe of “Free Mumia” partisans, solicitors for minor political parties and (at least when I was going) drug legalization fans. (Also there was usually one guy for LaRouche.) Such things were never the focus of the event, however, whereas I think the Republican brand of wacko extremism is practically mainstream at this point.

    As usual I admire the paradoxes at work. Obama is simultaneously a fearsome tyrant who wants to take away citizens’ rights and clap all the God-fearing and gun-toting patriots into concentration camps, yet he’s also a weak-kneed sissy susceptible to letting pious legalism about due process get in the way of crushing terrorists and throwing them in a concentration camp that he wants to close.

  16. karmanot says:

    But peacocks are pretty.

  17. Mike Meyer says:

    How’s about that GITMO??? Good Guys seem to believe in infinite torture. That hardly seems fair or secure to me.

    What about The Indians??? What if they wanted THEIR land back, or even fair payment or rent?

  18. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Those Boston American Citizens have more rights than American Citizens. When will it stop?

  19. woodroad34 says:

    That picture of Sarah Palin accompanying the link to this page reminds me of something:

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