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As Jon Stewart continues to grow into his role as “America’s most trusted news anchor,” he appears to be becoming more libertarian in his views regarding the Second Amendment.

On his Thursday, August 19th, 2010 show, after pointing out that millions of peaceful Muslims should not be damned for the sins of the extremists, Stewart proceeded to say; “If only someone could step up and cut through all this political posturing, and fear mongering, and remind us what America is all about.

He then cut to moving video of former NRA President and beloved civil right activist Charlton Heston speaking out about the call from the political left in 1999 for the NRA to not hold their scheduled annual convention in Denver out of respect for the families of those who lost loved ones in the Columbine tragedy.

After the inspiring words of Charlton Heston explaining why we should not allow tragedies to drive us into abandoning the fundamental freedoms that define us as a nation and which bind us together as a people, Stewart admitted to having been one of those who called for the convention to be cancelled and then he did an astonishing thing. He apologized.

He said the apology was for “connecting irresponsibly the actions of two psychotics to an entire group of reasonable people expressing their Constitutional rights... the point is, I was wrong and Heston was right.

There are few things that take greater courage than facing one’s own words and admitting that we were wrong. And I applaud Stewart for being willing to do so.

But that’s not all. Last Tuesday, September 21, 2010, Jon Stewart was a guest on Oprah to promote his Rally to Restore Sanity. During the interview, the topic of school shootings arose and Stewart proceeded to proclaim that “Guns are not the problem … crazy is the problem” to thunderous applause from Oprah’s audience. You may watch the relevant excerpts in the attached video, but he goes on to make a truly profound statement; “We cannot legislate our society to the craziest amongst us.

Speaking of which … Paul Helmke at the Brady Campaign (described tongue-in-cheek in a previous Daily Show Episode as a ‘Well funded hate group’) was quick to react to Stewart’s comments, chiding him for daring to disagree with the Brady’s plan to legislate the Second Amendment out of existence. In an Opposing Views column, Helmke repeatedly asked ‘Really Jon?’ as he trotted out his tired and failed arguments about why Americans should be stripped of their civil rights.

Now … I am sure that Stewart agrees with the Supreme Court holding in Heller that the Second Amendment is not an unlimited right. But I am equally sure that Stewart recognizes the fact that if Helmke and his ilk had their way, it would be no right at all. And it appears that Stewart see that as part of the insanity that is driving a wedge between us as a nation.

I think I speak for all of us (except the Brady Campaign of course) when I say Restore the Sanity folks … and have fun doing it!

Comments

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Great blog, Mr. Pierce. Thank you.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    You Americans are obsessed with your second amendment. It's the most ridiculous part of the constitution and if you support it you should be ashamed. The statistics don't lie. You have more gun related problems as a result of that amendment and sugar coating it with "protection" doesn't change those statistics. Just look at the crime rate in Canada and virtually every other country that doesn't have guns. I guarantee less homicide.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Canada doesn't have guns? Someone has no idea what they're talking about.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    obvious troll is obvious. It's a statical fact that more legal gun owners = less crime, murder.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    That statistic is only really true in the US. Even cities where they see that trend the crime rate is far higher than in most countries. Britain where their police officers don't even carry guns has a lower crime rate and violent crime rate than many cities in the US. So more guns doesn't necessarily equal less crime.

    That said guns aren't the problem. The reason why European countries and Canada have less crime is not because of the gun control they've implemented but because they have less poverty. The problems associated with poverty include broken homes, poor education, and many other problems that lead individuals to lives of crime. If the US lowered it's poverty rates, crime rates would go down as well.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Hey you. You don't live here, your opinions are worthless, your "facts" are nonexistent, and the statistics in the US show the opposite. You can go f*ck yourself Canuck.

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    unpundit 3 years ago

    Well, Mr.Anonymous Canuck...May I call you Annie?
    Please feel free to stay north of the border. You have the right to not enter the US. You Canadian nationals can't even figure out if you speak English or French.
    What we decided in the distant past is not your business or concern. I promise not to bring my firearms to your winter wonder(if it's) land, and you can keep your useless, ignorant opinions about our Constitution to yourself...mmmmkay?

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Why should I be ashamed of a hobby I love? Are you ashamed of your hobbies?

    I don't kill or hurt anyone by shooting pieces of paper or water jugs. And to be honest I am so very sick of people grouping. It's definitely a distinct form of discrimination.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Yes, we Americans are obsessed with "OUR" Second Amendment. I don't care about "YOUR" crime rates in Canada or elsewhere. Don't like it, stay out of "FREE" America. Be a subject, all safe and cozy. While I and others can be free, which also means free to make mistakes, but free nonetheless.

  • iriemeditation 3 years ago

    free? really? we're actually not all that free anymore... the 40+ hour work week (for those privileged enough to have jobs) the monetary debt slavery system, the illegal burning bush, sheesh!! i don't even want to have this discussion.......

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Just FYI, the United States rates 8th on the Freedom index, which makes us less free than 7th placed Canada. Attitudes like yours are exactly why the US is no longer the freest country on the planet, because without an ounce of critical thinking you automatically say "US greatest and freest country on the Earth" without even thinking why that was true and what has changed to possibly make it no longer true. And no, the entire fault of that can't be put at the feet of Obama or Bush, though both have played major roles in it.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    For all concerned citizens, not the Canadian above. The Army is having another knee jerk reaction to several suicides by implementing a new plan that aims to reduce the number of soldier suicides at Fort Hood. Officials will review every soldier for possible signs of depression.

    They will search soldiers' homes on and off post, as well as inventory every soldiers' gun. That includes military issued as well as personal weapons.

    This comes after an apparent murder-suicide last Saturday in which a soldier and his wife were found shot to death at their on-post residence.

    We should be concerned because they first desensitize people by attacking those who is on the margins of society or who, like our soldiers, are fully under their
    thumb. What does knowing who owns guns and what guns they own do in preventing suicides? If you think this would not affect you, think again. Who will be enacting and enforcing anti-gun rules? These desensitized soldiers perhaps? Attacking guns instead of the problem of multiple deployments.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Darn right--Canada isn't even a real country (laugh) . Ina free society, bad things can happen--but if more people were armed (and in the places that ARE--crime rates are MUCH lower)--Mr. Canadian subject --the purpose of the Second Amendment is to provide a means to overthrow a tyrannical government. But not having a declaration of Independence where our founders justify such a course of action, you as unfortunately many so-called Americans--who SHOULD know better, but are being brainwashed out of their liberty--can NEVER understand the heritage of freedom--REAL freedom---and such freedom comes with risks. Freedom is edgy and violent and is why we are so good at exploring the limits of science and every other frontier--or at least we used to be, until liberals--oh wait, the prefer the term "progressives" (who do they think they are fooling?) did such a bang up job turning men into pu55ies.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    ...why we are so good at exploring the limits of science and every other frontier... until liberals did such a bang up job?

    No pu55ies here- just free-thinking individuals steering clear of your pack-mentality. Sounds more like you're from the group who explores nothing more than the limits of the Glenn Beck (and corporate America's) exploitation, er, interpretation of the Bible.

    I very respectfully hope you're aware of the corporate takeover of your government & your cherished rights by (mostly) Republican interests that's going on right now. I'm not being sarcastic. All the Republicans fighting for tax breaks for the rich are, essentially, running your government on behalf of the rich, and while you sit here bragging to us about your "heritage of freedom" many non-Americans are watching your liberty dissolve away to nothing more than poverty & slavery to the big-money interests. I truly hope this doesn't go too far and result in violence, because if it does your second amendment-guaranteed peashooters aren't going to be any match for the technology the American military has in its stores.

  • mark edward marchiafava 3 years ago

    The 2nd amendment is NOT about protecting ourselves from street thugs, but from tyrannical government.
    Neither Jon Stewart or John Pierce has the balls to tell you this.
    As for as the 2nd being a right, well, kinda sorta.
    The 2nd Amendment, according to John Pierce, only applies of it doesn't offend the state and it's armed minions and requires the blessing and approval of the NRA (negotiate rights away)

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Reposting for readability.

    ...why we are so good at exploring the limits of science and every other frontier... until liberals did such a bang up job?

    No pu55ies here- just free-thinking individuals steering clear of your pack-mentality. Sounds more like you're from the group who explores nothing more than the limits of the Glenn Beck (and corporate America's) exploitation, er, interpretation of the Bible.

    I very respectfully hope you're aware of the corporate takeover of your government and your cherished rights by (mostly) Republican interests that's going on right now. I'm not being sarcastic. All the Republicans fighting for tax breaks for the rich are, essentially, running your government on behalf of the rich, and while you sit here bragging to us about your "heritage of freedom" many non-Americans are watching your liberty dissolve away to nothing more than poverty and slavery to the big money interests. I truly hope this doesn't go too far and result in violence, because if it does your second amendment-guaranteed peashooters aren't going to be any match for the technology the American army has in its stores.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    I am not the OP you are berating, but I hope you realize that your "liberal" Obama administration and your "liberal" democrats have given billions to bankers, corporations, and allowed CEOs to keep millions of dollars in bonuses. Right wingers love big business, so they give EVERYONE tax cut, LIBERALS live big business so much they give people directly responsible for the economic crash TAX PAYER money by the billions to keep screwing us all.

    Lolberals!!!

  • GunMan2000 3 years ago

    I like guns. The right to own them is constitutionally guaranteed. Cold dead hands, etc etc. Anyone that doesn't like guns either hasn't shot one or is just a verified pussy.

  • mark edward marchiafava 3 years ago

    "verified pussies?"
    Yep, check out www.opencarry.org
    PLENTY of them there, especially on the Louisiana forum.

  • AntiCitizenOne 3 years ago

    We won't have just "peashooters" if the Hughes Amendment and NFA is repealed, anon...and gee, those were passed by idiots like you.

    Plus the Taliban and Iraqi insurgents did hold their own against conventional armies, including ours, without needing all the latest whiz-bang tech.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    AntiCitizenOne,

    I should be so lucky. As a non-American I have no vote in your political mess, although I understand the point you're trying to make- I'm an idiot because you assume I'm a Liberal. There's a lot of assumption going on. I'm actually a fiscal Conservative with a deep respect for law and order, although I willingly accept higher taxes in exchange for free health care and culturally-important services for everyone. I guess I am a right-leaning Liberal, socially-speaking.

    Maybe it's because I'm not caught up in the politics that I, and people I talk to, see what's happening in the US. Republicans represent the corporate interests that are steamrolling America, yet they (Republicans) market themselves as "friends of the working folks" (and actually get huge votes), and all-the-while they block Democratic initiatives in Congress to hinder progress and make the Democrats look like the bad ones. Hannity, Beck, and O'Reilly are the Republican mouthpieces that "folks" flock to for advice that couldn't possibly be more biased in favour of big business. There you have it- power goes "full circle" back to the big-monied interests that are causing all the problems in the first place.

    Please let me know whether I've got it right here. I don't think Obama is a Liberal; I think he's more to the centre, or even a bit right of that. I also think Congress needs to ditch the lobbyists & big-money contributions to get things honest again.

    Your elections have a HUGE impact on what happens in all of North America and even the world, and that's why we're all paying attention. If each American would sit down and research what's really going on (preferable BEFORE they vote) I think we'd all be much better off. Just sayin'.

    Thanks,

  • Luis 3 years ago

    Jon Stewart the most trusted news anchor in America?

    You're kidding, right?

    I trust Jon Stewart with the news, about as much as I believe the Kardashian sisters are pure virgins.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    forget his so-called "credentials," wanna know about the REAL John Pierce?
    www.smoking357.blogspot.com

    enjoy

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