Stewart Fact-Checks Obama's 'Tyranny'
Calls out right on gun-control fury
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2013 7:06 AM CST
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(Newser) – The GOP is in a tizzy over President Obama's gun-control plan, with some on the right accusing him of tyranny. Well, that's going a little far, said Jon Stewart on last night's Daily Show: "When tyrants want something done, they generally don't ask their legislative bodies if that would be OK. They tend to proceed ... tyrannically." Of course, folks like Sean Hannity would oppose any executive "overreach," right? Cue clip of Hannity backing President Bush on warrantless wiretapping.

"Looks like a tyrant is anyone sworn to protect the constitution that you didn't vote for," Stewart said. As for people who are comparing Obama to dictators throughout history—and say, for example, that if Jews had had guns, the Holocaust might have been averted: "I wish armed Jews in the ghetto could stop Hitler. But my feeling was, France couldn't, and I'm pretty sure they had guns. Russia had kind of a lot of guns, but they couldn't stop Hitler—until you factored in the wind chill." Seems people are confusing "tyranny with the unpleasant burning sensation of losing democratic elections."

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Jan 23, 2013 6:49 AM CST
Stewart is such a lying moron and anyone who actually watches his lying garbage is a blithering idiot.
Jan 20, 2013 5:47 PM CST
Jon Stewart is a Bozo!
Jan 19, 2013 4:46 PM CST
If Obama was the 'dictator' the right paints him as he'd have already taken away your guns and locked you up for life.