John Stewart Versus NRA Convention “Fear Tactics” Message
By Tim Peacock
On Monday night’s episode of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart took on the NRA Convention’s “fear tactics” spiel in which they blamed gun safety advocates of using fear and emotion in order to make their point – and then went and used fear and scare tactics to make their own point. Repeatedly. In fact, in one instance, Glenn Beck proclaimed, “The only difference between your mom and sister getting raped and them walking home unmolested, is a gun.”
At the heart of the discussion, this all isn’t about asking if guns in the right hands save people – that’s a no-brainer. The question is: how do we tell who the good guys are and who the bad guys are? If (as our favorite NRA representative famously said) only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun, how do we make a distinction between the two? Wouldn’t sensible bipartisan-supported background check legislation qualify for that?
In a succinct description of the entire convention, Stewart said, “At the heart of the NRA’s message is, ‘Don’t let liberals say it’s a dangerous world and scare you into gun control, let us say it’s a dangerous world and scare you into gun-a-palooza.”
Here’s the clip: