I used to like The Daily Show. I know the Jon Stewart was a liberal and his show had a Left leaning bias, but so is pretty much every other news show on TV. What Jon Steward had going for him was that he was genuinely funny, and he dished it out to the left as well, calling out liberals on their incompetence and hypocrisy.
Trevor Noah, the new anchor of The Daily Show is no Jon Steward. With him at the helm, The Daily Show has become a mean spirited hatchet-job against the Right. On Friday, The Daily Show did a bit on concealed carry and active shooters. They went out to mock the idea that what it takes to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun and shill for gun control. What they created was so bad it will actually make you dumber watching it.
So brace yourselves…
The only statement made that was completely honest and accurate is that the correspondent, Jordan Kelpper, is an “idiot with a gun.” I know The Daily Show is a comedy show, but the behavior of the correspondent in the range was down right embarrassing. Honestly, I wouldn’t have tossed him from my class. Guns are serious. Fun, but serious.
First and foremost, the continuous lie pushed by antis and now The Daily Show is that “it’s so easy for people to get CCW permits, that any idiot can get a permit and we’ll end up with a whole bunch of idiots carrying guns in public.” This is usually followed by argument “these untrained idiots will only make any situation worse.”
Let me start with my credentials on this issue. I have CCW permits from UT, AZ, FL, IL, and AL, and I used to have permits from SD and IN, but those states don’t allow for non-residents permits. I have been a CCW permit instructor.
Virtually every person I have sat through a CCW class with or have taught was a shooter before applying for their permit. In my experience, people who get their carry permits regularly practice with their carry guns. Concealed carry is a right in most states, a permit, and more importantly a mindset and a lifestyle. That is what never gets touched on and The Daily Show went out of its way to ignore. What I never see is the pubic discussion about permit holders who shoot weekly or monthly, maintaining their skill at personal expense.
The reason, I believe, that this never gets addressed is that there is no way for those who advocate for bigger and more overbearing government to slap their magic seal of government approval on individual practice or readiness. An NYPD officer shooting 50 rounds every 6 months, is what qualifies as a “professional” in the mind of an anti. A civilian with a CCW permit shooting several hundred rounds every few months more more… well.. that just doesn’t count.
With his CCW in hand, the correspondent heads over to The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program and gets shot to pieces with Simunitions. Proving that The Daily Show really doesn’t get it.
It is the duty of police to run towards the gunfire. They are first responders. Call 911 and they should show up.
CCW permit holders are not first reposonders. It’s not our job to run towards the gunfire. When an emergency happens near me, 911 doesn’t connect to my cell phone. In an active shooter scenario, I’m not going to advance on a shooter. Let the men with rifles and hard armor do that.
Ultimately, The Daily Show, after making fun of millions Americans with CCW permits, doesn’t give an alternative solution.
“Could we just figure out a way to just not put a gun in this asshole’s [pointing at the mock active shooter] hands?”
- Even Liberals were forced to acknowledge that all the gun laws they have passed in places like California, failed to stop mass shootings like in San Bernardino, Oregon, or elsewhere. Especially when guns are obtained through illegal straw purchases or stolen. They have yet to propose new gun control laws that can guarantee no more mass shootings.
- If you find yourself in an active shooter situation, what do you do? Just sit there and wait for death? The FBI has acknowledge that sometimes you have no choice but to fight, if running or hiding aren’t options.
It’s easy to criticize, it’s hard to propose meaningful solutions; which is The Daily Show’s modus operandi. In this case, the mockery does real damage. Reducing concealed carry is not going to make anybody safer in an active shooter scenario, and will probably make things a whole lot worse.
You want to figure out how to keep guns out of the hands of potential mass shooters WITHOUT infringing on the rights of law abiding citizens, I’m all ears. But I haven’t heard one proposal that would do that.
But calling CCW permit holders idiots with guns because we’ve (by and large) never been to a LEO training academy is ridiculous.
I don’t carry because I go looking for trouble. I carry just in case trouble finds me.