Mass shootings always force us to talk about the obvious gun problem we have in America. However, since the GOP is bought and paid for by the NRA and the rest of the gun lobby, they avoid addressing the issue of gun laws at all costs, even in the face of such tragedy. Well, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver is sick of it.
On the Sunday night edition of his show, Oliver took GOP candidates to the woodshed over the fact that they refuse to talk about guns in the wake of gun violence tragedies, and instead have decided to pin the problem on the mentally ill. Mental illness already has a huge stigma in this country, so this stance is grossly irresponsible at best.
Oliver started by talking about the shameful way in which people with mental illnesses are not given proper treatment in America, all while being blamed for any violence that may occur:
Perhaps the clearest sign of how little we want to talk about mental health is that one of the only times it’s brought up is, as we’ve seen yet again this week, in the aftermath of a mass shooting, as a means of steering the conversation away from gun control It seems there is nothing like a mass shooting to suddenly spark political interest mental health.
Oliver saved the worst of his roast for those people who are most guilty of blaming these shootings on mental illness, in order to avoid a gun control debate: the 2016 GOP candidates. They can’t be seen talking about gun control, lest they upset the gun lobby and the nutjobs in their base, so instead they pivot to mental illness.
Oliver went on to completely slam Trump, Carson, and Huckabee for blaming the mentally ill, without trying to do anything to help them.
Okay, fine — do it then,” a visibly irritated Oliver said. Because, if we’re going to constantly use mentally ill people to dodge conversations about gun control, then the very least we owe them is a f*cking plan.
We owe them that anyway. Mentally ill people are actually more of a danger to themselves than anyone else for the most part. Further, they are especially vulnerable to abuse by others. The fact that the likes of Huckabee, Trump, Carson, and other Republicans are using the most defenseless in our society to distract from the very real problem of our insane gun laws is truly disgusting.
Kudos to John Oliver for calling them out.
Watch the segment below:
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