Late Night Television

Seth Meyers looks at gun rights and the Second Amendment following Chris Murphy’s filibuster

"Only seven minutes? It shouldn't take the same amount of time to buy an assault weapon that it takes teenagers to stand in a closet awkwardly staring at the ground."

On Thursday’s Late Night, Seth Meyers took “A Closer Look” at gun regulations following a 15 hour filibuster by Senate Democrats lead by Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

Many politicians had something to say about guns following the horrific massacre in Orlando, but many Republicans had dangerous things to say. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) tried to shrug off the danger of assault weapons by saying that bombs could also kill many people at once. Right, and that’s why we ban them, Ron.

“You can’t ban bombs!” Meyers speaks up. “It’s one of America’s most cherished traditions, putting on your hunting gear, going out in the woods and just blowing up a flock of ducks.”

People like Donald Trump and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson tried to point out the hypocrisy of Dems calling for gun control while still having an armed secret service.

“Yeah, how come my pharmacist can have a big jug of Vicodin, but I can’t?” Meyers wondered. “Buddy, you’re a private citizen, and that’s not the same as a Secret Service agent. They’re professional law enforcement officers who’ve had to go through years of rigorous training and certification — whereas you look as if you were born and raised on a sailboat,” he said of Carlson.

After the shooting, a few reporters took to gun shops to show that it can only take seven minutes to buy an assault rifle. “Only seven minutes?” Meyers marveled. “It shouldn’t take the same amount of time to buy an assault weapon that it takes teenagers to stand in a closet awkwardly staring at the ground.”

Meyers then went on to look at the Second Amendment and how the NRA campaigned to change the interpretation in the 70s in order to make it about gun rights instead of keeping a militia.

In 1982, Senate Republicans commissioned a report that claimed to have “clear and long-lost proof that the Second Amendment … was intended as an individual right of the American citizen to keep and carry arms.”

“Long-lost proof? Did Nick Cage find a secret message written on the back of the Constitution?”

Watch the clip to see Meyers unpack these arguments.

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