Late Night Talk Shows: Just Another Spin Zone
Sadly, it’s become commonplace: media outlets speaking out after a national tragedy or using their time on air to tackle an issue.
But since when are late night talk shows the appropriate forum for actors, comedians and wanna-be journalists to spout their displeasure at the rate politicians are usurping our American right to keep and bear arms?
I don’t know about you, but the last time I watched late night tv, it was comedians telling jokes and stars pontificating about themselves.
Well, let’s just start with Samantha “the Eddie Eagle Wanna”-Bee:
“After a massacre, the standard procedure is you stand on a stage and deliver some well-meaning words about how we will get through this together, how love wins, how love conquers hate,” Bee said. “And that is great. That is beautiful, but you know what? F— it. I am too angry for that. Love does not win unless we start loving each other enough to fix our f—ing problems.”
Actually, she’s right: Love doesn’t win unless everyone agrees to love each other. Now apply that to gun laws. Gun laws won’t work until everyone agrees to follow them. So, dear liberal – until criminals start following the law, we will remain armed to fix our own f—ing problems; ie: criminals coming into our space threatening our personal safety.
Bee also used her monologue to attack the NRA’s messaging, saying, “Mass shootings have become so frequent in this country, it seems like the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is another bad guy with a gun who coincidentally came to shoot up the same place.”
Interestingly enough, we have an entire tab of Guns Saving Lives stories on Bearing Arms showing that good guys (and gals) with guns consistently stop bad guys (and gals) with guns, knives, machetes, fists, vehicles and many other tools they choose to use with malice against others.
Speaking of tools…
I honestly don’t know who Trevor Noah is nor have I ever watched The Daily Show, but apparently a chunk of ignorant millennials get their news from him on it when they tune into Comedy Central. (I weep for this country)
“I have to talk about Saturday night’s devastating attack and not as a host of a show, but as a human being. I couldn’t be more sad and sickened by the events and neither could President Obama,” Noah said, kicking off his soliloquy.
“I wonder if President Obama ever thought to himself that mass-shooting speeches would be such a big part of his job. Because at this point he’s hosted 12 state dinners, but he’s had to give 16 mass-shooting addresses. So right now the White House is using more Kleenex than it is good napkins. … America needs to ask itself the question: Do you want to be a country that takes reasonable measures to protect its citizens, or should we tell the president to prepare speech number 17?”’
Interestingly enough, as an American, I asked myself that very question. My answer is this: I do want to be a country that takes reasonable measures to protect its citizens and that is exactly why I defend our right to keep and bear arms as well as advocate carrying for self defense and the protection of others.
Jimmy Fallon’s soapbox could be interpreted in a few ways, although I’m sure it wasn’t intended as such.
“This country was built on the idea that we do not all agree on everything. That we are a tolerant, free nation that encourages debate, free-thinking, believing, or not, in what you choose,” Fallon said in his monologue.
“Maybe there’s a lesson from all of this, a lesson in tolerance. We need to support each other’s differences and worry less about our own opinions. Get back to debate and away from believing or supporting the idea that if somebody doesn’t live the way you want them to live, you just buy a gun and kill them. Bomb them up. That is not okay.”
Hey, thanks Jimmy! Well I chose to live my life armed, can you please ask people to stop blowing up my Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms? In your own words, that is not okay.
#TeamCoco couldn’t resist the bandwagon either.
“I have really tried very hard over the years not to bore you with what I think. However, I am a father of two; I like to believe I have a shred of common sense,” O’Brien said. “And I simply do not understand why anybody in this country is allowed to purchase and own a semi-automatic assault rifle.”
BUZZZZZZ! Oooooh, too bad! Sorry, Coco, but you’ve used the term “assault rifle” and if you seriously do not understand why Americans are “allowed to own semi-automatic rifles”, then you should get yourself a US Constitution and educate yourself.
Stick to mind-numbing skits and telling jokes, late night hosts – leave the heavy lifting to the adults.