Stewart: ‘A Few of Us Must Remain Vigilant Against the Rise of Imaginary Hitler'

If you listen to the right, the time to talk about guns is...never. In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart took on the right's refusal to take up the topic of gun control, targeting everything from Fox News to NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre's contention that gun violence can be blamed on violent video games, movies and just about anything else that doesn't involve loading a bullet and shooting someone.

“Sorry, I just assumed that beginning a conversation about gun control meant starting with guns but you want to talk about the non-gun cause of…gun violence,” Stewart quipped. "What's another week when you've been [in trouble] for months?"

One area Stewart agreed with LaPierre was on the issue of mental health and access to care. Well, until he played a clip of LaPierre advocating the creation of a "database of lunatics."

"Oh," Stewart quipped, “I was going to say compassionate total care of mental illness…or lunatic database.”

The right argues that if we should ban guns, we should ban cars, because drunk drivers kill people. But Stewart made the case that by enacting reasonable restrictions on drunk driving, rates have reduced by nearly 70 percent since 1973.

"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 stigmatizes the dangers behavior," Stewart said. "And we do that those things because it just might bring drunk driving rates down by two-thirds in a couple of decades."

Stewart also addressed the many instances where gun advocates, like radio shock jock Alex Jones, compare the mere discussion of gun control with the likes of the Nazis, Stalin or Pol Pot wanting to take away Americans' guns.

“Now I get it, now I see what’s happening,” he said. “Their paranoid fear of a possible dystopic future prevents us from addressing our actual dystopic present.” We can’t do anything, he added, because the right is too worried about the rise of “imaginary Hitler.”

Watch both segments from Tuesday night's show:


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