Jon Stewart slams Jesse Ventura's gun control view on Daily Show [VIDEO]
Jon Stewart thinks the gun control debate goes beyond 'should we ban firearms or not?'
For Jesse Ventura, gun control is the ability to "put two rounds into the same hole from 25 meters." In other words, he's a strong supporter of the Second Amendment who once characterized the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 as "a stupid piece of legislation."
So it wasn't a surprise when, during an appearance on a talk show in September, Ventura offered up this reductio ad absurdum to those who think the government should crack down on guns because they're good for nothing but killing people: "Drunk driving... do we go to the Ford Motor Company and tell them stop making these automobiles because people get drunk and kill people in cars?" But to Jon Stewart, the most absurd thing about that statement is Ventura's overly black-and-white view about the role government can play in gun control.
During Tuesday night's Daily Show, Stewart played a clip of Ventura's talk show comment, then answered Jesse's 'should we ban cars?' question as follows: "No, but we do enact stricter blood alcohol limits, raise the drinking age, ramp up enforcement penalties, and charge bartenders who serve drunks, and launch huge public awareness campaigns to stigmatize the dangerous behavior in question. And we do all those things because it might just help bring drunk driving rates down, I don't know, by two-thirds in a few decades."
Then, as the crowd laughed, up popped a graphic showing that indeed, drunk driving rates have decreased dramatically since the mid-1980s.
Here's the footage of Ventura's comment and Stewart's rejoinder (For the quoted clips, fast forward to about the one-minute mark):
In other words, the next time a crazed person wants to, as Jesse once famously put it, "hunt man," Jon Stewart hopes the government will at least take steps to make sure they go about their evil work with a smaller magazine size than the 30-round ones Adam Lanza used while shooting his way through Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
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