Jon Stewart: NRA Ad Looked Like ‘Elaborate, Avant-Garde’ Joke


Jon Stewart on Wednesday took on the National Rifle Association’s new ad, which calls President Obama a “hypocrite” for sending his kids to a school with armed guards when he opposes such a policy nationally.“I swear to you, if I didn’t know any better, and I’m not a big conspiracy guy, after seeing that ad, I would think the NRA is either an elaborate, avant-garde, Joaquin Phoenix-style joke, or a false flag operation run by Michael Moore in an attempt to discredit responsible gun owners,” Stewart said.

So how did President Obama respond during his announcement of new gun control proposals? He said he believes the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms and that most gun owners would agree that steps can be taken to prevent violence while still respecting the Constitution.

“Interesting open on his part,” Stewart said. “I thought he was gonna go with, ‘If you bring up my kids again, I will drone strike your shit to kingdom come.'”

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