Samantha Bee’s Impassioned Response to Orlando Was Absolutely Flawless (Video)

There’s been absolutely no shortage of reactions to what transpired early Sunday morning with a monster opening fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people while wounding 53 others. It’s a tragedy that’s rocked not only this country, but the entire world. The shooting, itself, carries with it so many different facets, from the killer declaring his allegiance to ISIS; the target being a gay club; the fact that, despite the reality he had been on a terror watch list and had a history of violence, he was still legally allowed to buy guns; to the growing evidence that he could have very well been a closeted homosexual, himself.

As expected, many Republicans have only chosen to focus on the Muslim part of the whole situation while ignoring the fact that this seems to have been a hate crime carried out by a madman, who was only allowed to buy the guns he used to slaughter these people because of the NRA stances the GOP has embraced for decades. There’s no logical reason why someone who had been on a terror watch list and had a history of violence should have been allowed to purchase guns – yet sadly Republicans have refused to entertain the idea of any sort of common sense gun reform, so this psychopath used legally purchased guns to carry out what most are calling a terrorist attack.

Well, on Monday, Samantha Bee set the record straight. In one of the most impassioned segments I’ve ever seen from the Full Frontal host, she went on a nearly eight minute rant about this shooting that was absolutely flawless.

“The standard operating procedure is that you stand on stage and deliver some well-meaning words about how we will all get through this together, how love wins, how love conquers hate,” Bee started off saying. “And that is great and that is beautiful. But you know what? F*ck it! I’m too angry for that! Love does not win unless we start loving each other enough to fix our f*cking problems!”

She then ran down how absurd it was that the killer was still legally allowed to purchase guns.

“He beat his ex-wife; he’d been reported, multiple times, to his employer as homophobic and unhinged; and the FBI had twice questioned him for ties to terrorism,” she added. “But none of these things disqualified him from legally buying a gun that shoots 45 rounds a minute.”

Bee then followed up with a clip of President Obama from two weeks ago discussing his disgust with the fact that there are people who we know have ties to terrorism, who can still legally purchase guns because the NRA and Republicans refuse to allow anything to be done to close that vulnerability.

After mocking Sen. Marco Rubio for discussing mass shootings as if it was “just Orlando’s turn,” she then brought up the fact that, following Australia’s ban on certain types of guns following the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, the country hasn’t seen a single mass shooting since. For those who don’t feel like doing the math, that’s zero mass shootings in over 20 years.

Please, tell me more about how gun regulations don’t work.

She then set her sights on Florida Gov. Rick Scott, hammering him for trying to play dumb about his state’s lax gun policies and mocking the fact that, like many other Republicans, he seems to think “thoughts and prayers” are going to solve this crisis.

If you have a few minutes, I’d encourage everyone to check out this segment. While Samantha Bee is known for being slightly over-the-top with her delivery, the emotion she displayed discussing what happened, the facts surrounding it and some of the responses was brilliant.

Watch the segment below via TBS:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • strayaway

    Samantha Bee must appeal to libs. Her Presidential clip has the President saying even though suspected terrorists can be put on a no fly list, they can buy a gun. Yet, Omar was not on a no fly list even after the FBI had him temporarily on a watch list and eventually could not find any fault. So linking no fly lists to Omar is crap to use one of Samantha Bee’s charming terms.

    If Reagan hadn’t let Omar’s Taliban supporting parents into the country, Omar wouldn’t have been in the Orlando nightclub. The same goes for the Tsarnaev family whose sons were legally allowed to buy a pressure cooker. If Bush would have enforced immigration laws, some of the 9/11 crew wouldn’t have stayed with expired visas and legally bought Stanley knives and learned to fly. Mrs. San Bernadino wife wasn’t properly vetted either. Europe has strict gun laws; the kind that libs in the US drool over. Yet, Muslims got guns to kill 130 in a Paris club, shoot up cartoon offices, and an airport.

    Some better known mass murderers were by non-Muslims. Breivik, McVeigh were allowed to buy fertilizer, make bombs, rent a Ryder truck, and yes Breivik’s guns were legal in highly regulated Norway. Considering that fertilizer and Stanley knives led to more mass murder deaths than guns, Ms. Bee should be prioritizing their regulation. Ms. Bee seems incapable though of imagining what Muslim terrorists would do if they got their hands on WMD’s. So, meanwhile, Obama and Hillary are flooding the US with more Tsarnaev and Mateen families and expired visa holders suggesting that if guns could be regulated and/or collected, all will be well and we will have “peace in our time” while Trump is proposing to suspend immigration like FDR did.

    • noah vail

      you forgot to add…and screw the rest of the country as long as i have my assault rifle……if you’re so scared of everything that you need an assault rifle fro comfort you don’t need the gun you need to become a REAL UNAFRAID AMERICAN….

      • strayaway

        Noah, your imagination is getting the better of you and is incorrect as usual. Try to look for patterns instead of making dum guesses. I don’t know the difference between an assault rifle and semi-automatic rifle although it would be easy enough to look up. Guns do not jump off of gun racks and start shooting people although demographics play into their misuse. Vermont’s gun homicide rate is 0.3/100,000. Washington, DC’s is 16.1/100,000. Go figure. I get no particular pleasure out of shooting guns and I don’t hunt. However, I am nervous about presidents like Bush and Obama, and probably Hillary who have a disdain for the Constitution and flood our nation with cheap foreign labor and let in populations prone to religious violence. I must be like English people who worried about the rise of Nazis and thought Chamberlain was a fool for buying into the concept of ‘peace in out time’. Or maybe I’m like Chinese people who thought that it was a bad idea for some government officials to take bribes in return for opening the gates to Mongols. What the 9/11 crew, the Boston bombers, the couple from San Bernadino, and Omar had in common was not automatic weapons or even being foreign born. Think about it so you can quit coming off as a REAL NIAVE FOOL.

      • StarsplashTaiwan

        You dont need semi assualt rifles dumbass. You never need it. End of story. You have no argument. You like ur guns so much? Enjoy more mass shootings. Seriously, enjoy it.

      • strayaway

        You’re right! Shoe bombs, pressure cookers, fertilizer, and Stanley knives can and have accomplished the same ends. WMD’s are harder to come by but are attainable and their bang for the buck is much better. “Like my guns?” Obviously you didn’t read the post you responded to or didn’t have the brights to comprehend it. It’s so much fun to watching you sheep bleat out Democratic talking points that will accomplish very little to reign in terrorist deaths. How did terrorists in France get ahold of guns to shoot up cartoonists and a night club? France has strict gun control. If you can’t explain the failure of French gun control laws, how will you simpletons explain a backpack nuke, or something similar going off in Paris or New York? You can’t because you are programmed to imagine gun control laws will solve the problem of Islamic radicals. You think too small. Now you have gays buying automatic rifles and some thinking of voting for Trump.

        “Hillary Clinton can never claim to be a friend of the gay community as long as she continues to support immigration policies that bring Islamic extremists to our country and who suppress women, gays and anyone who doesn’t share their views or values.”
        -Trump 6/13/16

  • EJ

    People who paint and want to kill always will find a way. I blame the FBI