There have been several TV hosts and celebrities who have dedicated their time to pleading with the country to reconsider their views on assault weapons since the mass murder that occurred this past Sunday, June 12, when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of people inside an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The gunman killed 49 people and injured another 54, using an assault weapon and a hand gun.
It was also assault weapons that were used in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, that resulted in the loss of 26 lives, with 20 of those lost being between the ages of 6-7 years old. It was assault weapons that killed 12 people in a movie theater in Colorado in 2012. It was assault weapons that killed 14 people and wounded 22 in San Bernardino in 2015. And it was assault weapons that killed 9 people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon in 2015. Assault weapons are weapons of war. They’re not used for hunting, and it would be, pardon the pun, over-kill if one were using them to defend their home. They’re guns that are designed to kill a lot of people.
As are many people, Conan O’Brien is understandably frustrated, and in a very uncharacteristic plea to his audience on Monday, asked Americans to do something about semi-automatic assault rifles.
‘I have really tried very hard over the years not to bore you with what I think. however, I am a father of two, I like to believe I have a shred of common sense, and I simply do not understand why anybody in this country is allowed to purchase and own a semiautomatic assault rifle. It makes no sense to me. These are weapons of war, and they have no place in civilian life. I have tried to understand this issue from every side, and it all comes down to this: Nobody I know or have ever met in my entire life should have access to a weapon that can kill so many people so quickly. These mass shootings are happening so often now that lamenting them afterwards is becoming a national ritual. I do not know the answer, but I wanted to take just a moment here tonight to agree with the rapidly growing sentiment in America that it is time to grow up and figure this out.’
Watch the monologue here:
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