Stewart Slams Congress' 'Quick Fixes' to Ariz. Shooting

'We must not give in to fear'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2011 7:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Legislators are falling all over themselves to respond to the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, and Jon Stewart isn't thrilled with their approach. On last night's Daily Show he blasted the "quick fixes" members were proposing, starting with Peter King's proposal to ban guns within 1,000 feet of a government official. "Can the rest of us get us one of them thousand-foot gun-free perimeters?" Stewart asked.

Besides, how are gun owners supposed to know how close they are to government officials? "Unless the statute also requires government officials to wear, let's say, cowbells, and gun owners to carry NFL yardage chains."; Stewart was just as skeptical of Robert Brady's plan to ban threatening symbols, like, say, crosshairs on congressional district maps. "So basically what you're trying to do is write a new federal law just to say [bleep] you to Sarah Palin?"

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