John Oliver Explains Why Gun Control Legislation Never Seems To Pass. | Gradient

John Oliver explains why gun control legislation never seems to pass.

John Oliver

John Oliver raised important questions about gun control in Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight

Oliver’s concerns were centered primarily around restrictions on gun ownership which are deterred by competing advocacy interests, particularly the NRA.

One example Oliver gave was the NRA’s treatment of Joe Manchin, a pro-gun congressman from West Virginia. After Manchin worked on a bipartisan gun control amendment, the Manchin-Toomey amendment, the NRA quickly released attack ads against the congressman. After playing the fickle ad, Oliver humorously remarked, “Yes, the NRA stabbed Manchin in the back, although, it would have been more on brand of them to shoot him in the back, and then argue that it would have never happened if his back had had a gun.”

Oliver went on to address the Dickey Amendment, a 1997 law that prohibits the Center for Disease Control from performing research on gun violence and the possible effects of gun control legislation. This means that while government funding is available for gun violence research through other federal departments (such as the Justice Department’s research arm, the National Institute of Justice), a robust study by the CDC has not been performed in 15 years.

Gun-rights advocates are quick to remind gun-control supporters that the Dickey Amendment passed in part, to verifiably faulty research produced to prove a highly partisan lean. Still, for those hoping for increased gun-control legislation, especially after the tragic anti-queer Orlando shooting, Oliver provides a typically entertaining and informative understanding of how the NRA helps maintain the status quo.

You can watch Oliver on the NRA here (Part 1), and here (Part 2).

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