Jon Stewart: NRA Is Punking Us
'Daily Show' host thinks ad is a Joaquin Phoenix-style hoax
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2013 10:31 AM CST
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(Newser) – Jon Stewart took one look at yesterday's NRA ad calling President Obama a hypocrite over armed guards at his daughters' school, and thought, "If I didn't know any better, after seeing that ad, I would think the NRA is either an elaborate, avant garde, Joaquin Phoenix-style joke or a false flag operation run by Michael Moore in an attempt to discredit gun owners."

"All right, the conversation is started and we're off to a deplorable start," Stewart snarked on yesterday's Daily Show. From there, the host looked at why the government, especially the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, doesn't better enforce the nearly 20,000 gun laws already on the books, noting that the Senate has not confirmed a new ATF director in six years (and the interim director works part time). Even though the ATF director is not a Cabinet-level position, Wisconsin Sen. James Sensenbrenner stuck that provision into the Patriot Act in 2006—the same year he won the NRA's Defender of Freedom Award. "Coincidence!," exclaimed Stewart.

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Jan 22, 2013 6:26 PM CST
I have problems with people who are embarrassed to use their real names.Jonathan Stuart Liebowicz was the name Jon Stewart had at his Bar Mitzvah at age 13 in the Synagogue.
Jan 21, 2013 9:28 AM CST
First off, I think Jon Stewert is very funny and I occassionally watch - and enjoy - his program. That's not to say I agree with everything he says, but as entertainment, it's a nice diversion once in-a-while. Now, about this whole "defending against tyranny" with my Heckler and Koch, shotgun, single shot .22, or any other weaponry you might imagine. Ain't buyin' it. Nope. Not happening. Who wins when a well-armed group, survivalist family or individual goes up against the awesome firepower of the feds? Ah-huh. See what I mean? Your weaponry will only prolong your ultimate demise. And there will never, repeat, NEVER be enough of "us" to "defend" against "them". Historically one needs only to look at Shay's Rebellion during revolutionary times. When Washington heard of this rebellion (as is almost everythng American, it had nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with taxes and money) he sent in his troops with orders to kill. Shay's Rebellion fell off like a drunken sailor on a merry-go-round. And THOSE GUYS were armed to the teeth with muskets every bit as good as the military. Fortunately there wasn't a blood bath and Washington was pretty generous toward the conspirators. Even mighty - and treasonous - terrorist cabal known as the Confederate army fell at the hands of the feds. There ARE legitimate reasons for owning guns, of course, and yes, it IS guaranteed in the Constitution. If you like hunting sports, target or skeet shooting or if you indeed live in a blighted area (these are growing thanks to conservative economic trickle-down theories put into practice) you may what to have a weapon for protection. Fine, but you really don't have a right for assault-style weaponry the likes of AK-47's, G3's, Uzis or the like. Those are off limits due to their ability to kill with such effectiveness. If you're nuts enough to shoot up a movie theater, let's at least set some serious limits on what you can use to accomplish your cowardly and murderous rampage. The ultimate reason for owning a gun, however, is the reason most sane people do not want to acknowledge... and that is total societal breakdown, most likely the end result of a nucelar exchange. We have not invested trillions in military and communications systems to wage a nuclear war without being serious about the possibility of actually doing it. Writer Jonathan Schell wrote "... we're basing the tfuture of human civilization on the idea that nothing will happen... FOREVER." Keep your hunting rifles, revolvers and shortguns for this very real possibility in the event that you survive the potential holocaust. But stop kidding yourself about defending against tyranny. If we were really so concerned about stuff like that, our ancestors would've used them to defend the Crow, Sioux and Cherokee, and there would have never been a treasonous Confederacy.
Jan 19, 2013 7:30 AM CST
the truly amazing thing to me is that ANYBODY even bothers to give a damn what this sniveling little pussie has to say or What he thinks..dirtbag through and through and getting rich on diarreah of the mouth. What a blowhard.