If you haven’t become a regular viewer of Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal on TBS Monday nights, you definitely should consider checking it out. Her show has quickly become one of my favorites – my only complaint is that it’s only on one night a week. I would describe her show as a mix between Jon Stewart when he was hosting The Daily Show and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on HBO.
Take for instance Monday night when she absolutely crushed the NRA for wanting it to be much more difficult to get their “asinine mascot” costume, Eddie Eagle, than for someone to purchase an AR-15 or any other gun.
After seeing the mascot herself, Bee decided she “had” to have it.
“There’s something about that costume, so mockable. So asinine,” she said. “I had to have one.”
That’s when reality set in. You see, it’s incredibly difficult to obtain one of these costumes. Not only does the NRA ban the resale of Eddie Eagle (making it impossible to buy one online), but there’s a mandatory 20-day waiting period after applying to be able to wear one of these things. Yes, the same organization that opposes waiting periods for gun purchases is apparently a big fan of making applicants for the Eddie Eagle costume wait up to a month before being told whether or not they’ll be allowed to wear this ridiculous looking costume.
Oh, and the application is 18 pages long.
However, throughout the segment Bee showed how easy it was to purchase a gun including buying one from some random guy off the Internet in Atlanta and walking into a gun show in New Mexico where the “background check” consisted of the seller asking one of her staff members, “Are you a felon?” before allowing them to purchase two assault rifles.
Alas, Samantha Bee did not obtain her much sought after Eddie Eagle costume. So she made one of her own – decorated with the numerous guns she was easily allowed to purchase while she conducted her futile national search to purchase the mascot costume.
Now I’ll be the first to tell you that the two circumstances aren’t at all similar. One is a person trying to buy a mascot costume vs. dealing with our Second Amendment right. That being said, it is rather interesting that the NRA’s rules and regulations managed to keep an inanimate object out of the hands of someone who isn’t supposed to have it.
Wait, did I just say that rules and regulations prevented someone who wanted to use an inanimate object for something it wasn’t meant for from actually obtaining that inanimate object? So doesn’t that mean proper regulations on inanimate objects do prevent people who shouldn’t have them from getting them? But doesn’t the NRA say that regulations don’t prevent people who shouldn’t have certain inanimate objects from getting them?
For those of you who might not “get it” yet, what I’m saying is that the NRA, via their stupid mascot, actually proves that if you really want to keep something out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have something, rules and regulations can do that. They prevented Samantha Bee (a person with tremendous resources) from getting a costume that she would have undoubtedly used numerous times to belittle and mock the National Rifle Association.
And while the two situations are different, it is rather ironic that the same organization that feels gun regulations won’t prevent criminals from getting a gun has that many rules and regulations when it comes to trying to buy one of their “asinine” mascots.
Watch the segment below via TBS:
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