Australian comedian goes off at Americans over gun slaughter 79



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Australian comedian, Jim Jefferies’ launch into the American way is again coming to the fore following this latest shooting tragedy in Charleston and his rant that will certainly offend some leaves many Aussies nodding. In this, his rather blunt and affronting rant he cynically chides the Americans for their continued apathy towards gun control.

“In Australia, we had the biggest massacre on Earth, and the Australian government went: ‘That’s it! NO MORE GUNS.’ And we all went, ‘Yeah, all right then, that seems fair enough, really.’

Now in America, you had the Sandy Hook massacre, where little tiny children died. And your government went, ‘Maybe … we’ll get rid of the big guns?’ And 50 percent of you went, ‘FUCK YOU, DON’T TAKE MY GUNS.’

He continues with a blistering smackdown of the idea that Americans seek guns to keep their families safe:

You have guns because you like guns! That’s why you go to gun conventions; that’s why you read gun magazines! None of you give a shit about home security. None of you go to home security conventions. None of you read Padlock Monthly. None of you have a Facebook picture of you behind a secure door.

He doesn’t see at all how a gun would have helped him when his home was broken into. “I was naked at the time. I wasn’t wearing my holster.” How exactly would a gun have protected him? he asks. Was he supposed to be crouched at his windowsill, gun cocked, waiting on high alert for intruders?

By the way. Most people who are breaking into your house just want your fucking TV! You think that people are coming to murder your family? How many fucking enemies do you have?

President Obama has spoken following the horrific event, just one in a long line of massive and merciless gun attacks over recent years, often racially motivated and made an significant point. “We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.”

“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence doesn’t happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency, he said”

Statistics show that the United States has more gun violence than the rest of the world by a long way, as you can see in the chart below. (source Vox/Guardian).

Do you think it is about time the US did something about gun control? Share your thoughts on whether you think they really can prevent shootings like that in Charleston with gun laws.

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  1. It intrigues me that the USA states that security of their citizens is so important, goes to war on this mantra, drags other counties into conflict but their annual death toll because of gun deaths is far higher….way higher than even 9/11( something like 30,000 deaths per annum). Now I am not supporting terrorism but really are not gun deaths anther form of terrorism that are just not seen that way because guns are legal . I just do not understand

  2. Saw this a bit back. He is brilliant and sums it to a T. Ps. For me the language is not offensive. It’s important in its expression of frustration and bewilderment at the stupidity of it all.

  3. I do not and will never agree with anything this self opinionated foul mouthed unfunny man says especially on his hobby horse of the American second amendment.

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    • I agree he got it right. There is NO reason for having the number of guns like in US and for the absolute lack of value of life. Obviously Grant you must be US because this is the reason people with your opinion will never agree to giving up their deadly toys.
      No matter how many people are killed in their own homes etc. So the gun has more valuable than a human life. If he swears, so be it, we are Aussies and we swear especially when you come up across the gun lobbiest. I for one value every human life more than the ‘right to protect yourself’. Strange isn;t it that we don’t have guns in every house & we don’t have the % of people being killed????

    • Saw a comment yesterday where maybe it is time to change the constitution. This law was made when it was the wild west, and from what I can see that is not the case (but then maybe I am wrong with all the cowboys carrying around assault weapons), WHY cannot it be changed so that it is part of PAST HISTORY not current history? It is crazy and will never understand the thinking.

    • I don’t formulate my opinions listening to “entertainers”. No I am an Aussie born and bred. America’s second amendment is their business, now how about you all get on the phone to the Middle East and tell them to get rid of their guns and stop killing people if you are so concerned about gun ownership and death

    • Katherine my husband is a citizen of USA and we have a large family there. We discuss the horrendous killings from guns ongoingly. Thank you for your judgement but naff off. Clearly you have not had a family member killed because some f…wit got hold of an assault rifle. Next?

    • Why so serious Grant Beaumont? He is right in what he says. Too many innocent people die in America. If there were not as many guns freely available, then maybe there would not be so many innocent people killed.

  4. Another gun related tragedy – and I read somewhere the gunman was given his weapon as a birthday present from his father – I wonder what that father is thinking now about his choice of gift. It is just tragic …. this love of guns.

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  5. I honestly don’t know. It’s too easy for me to just say yes I agree, though I was tempted. I have never lived in a country where shootings from criminals and gang members are a daily occurrence so I don’t know if I could live there without a weapon for self defence or not.

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    • I think parts of South Africa would be a concern, I hear that people there are too scared to even stop their cars at the traffic signals and always have their car doors locked. Is that any way to live?

    • Yes I have been there and confess to feeling real fear once or twice Jan. Supermarkets have armed security inside the shops. I couldn’t/wouldn’t live there.

  6. I overlooked the foul mouth and really listened to what he was saying and could not agree more. He asked questions and gave very convincing arguments against gun possession. I thought he was brilliant and not the usual pompous snob you hear going on about the subject.

  7. Probably more gun deaths in usa than middle east.while riflemans asc runs Republican party it will never change.

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    • I’m with you Kay, never will visit that place for this exact reason. Too many other places in the world to see.

    • Come on.. Was the Lindt Cafe in America? Of course there would never been any guns in Sydney, Melbourne or any part of our country etc because it’s Australia. How bloody blind some of you are…There are guns everywhere, (illegally), there are idiots everywhere but don’t let it stop you visiting a country that every one who has been, says is fabulous…unless of course you are one of the above and I don’t mean a gun carrier…

    • Jan Edwards you are right about the Lindt café siege. It was in Sydney and some idiot with mental health issues, who should not have been out on bail, got hold of a gun and shot two people. The police killed the other woman. There was such an uproar because it was an isolated gun incident, not the almost every day occurrence it is in the USA. Without illegal guns, let alone legal ones, there would have been no incident. However, I wouldn’t advise anyone to avoid travelling to America. There are some beautiful places there. Just be wary! When I visit a new country, I always ask in the hotel whether it is safe to wander around on my own at night.

    • I wonder about some of those let out on bail Wendy. That in itself is such a worry. And as you say, even in beautiful places it is good to check out what’s safe and what is not. We need to be vigilant but without panicking and to live freely as much as possible. We are really quite lucky in Australia.

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