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Comedy Centrals’ highly-touted Jordan Klepper Solves Guns aired yesterday. As of this writing, though, guns remain “unsolved.” (Click here to sign in with your cable provider to watch the full special.)

While firearms trainer Pat MacNamara wasn’t particularly pleased with the program, Mr. Klepper has got to be thrilled with all the attention. Before the video dropped, The Boston Globe did their bit to help the hype, publishing Mr. Klepper’s editorial Bringing a stat to the gun debate.

The sweet stat came courtesy of a group called Americans for Responsible Solutions. They were tracking the efficacy of campaign ads run over the course of a three week period last fall in New Hampshire. They found that amidst a dead-heat senate race in which guns were a hotly debated topic, “the number of voters who know that 9 out of 10 people in New Hampshire support background checks increased from 9 percent to 21 percent.”

Color me confused. Why in the world would Mr. Klepper cite the rabidly pro-civilian disarmament group Americans for Final Responsible Solutions in his effort to find “common ground” on gun control?

And why is the anti-gun rights comedian heartened by the fact that 21 percent “know” that 90 percent of New Hampshire residents support background checks? Does he mean universal background checks, which require all sales and transfers (including temporary transfers between friends and family)?

He does! And does he know that many, if not most of those 90 percent don’t know what they’re supporting? He does not! Or he does and doesn’t care.

Turns out when it comes to basic, common-sense gun regulations, Americans pretty much agree, and are completely oblivious to that agreement . . .

The good news here is that it’s surprisingly easy to find common ground. What’s hard, in this moment of constantly hearing how “divided” we are, is realizing that that ground is something we’re already standing on top of.

That use of the casually misleading description of civilian disarmament — “common-sense gun regulations” — is something up with which The People of the Gun will not put. Nor should they stand for the usual statistical cherry-picking on display in Mr. Klepper’s polemic. It gets worse . . .

… it’s not just background checks: The majority of Americans support waiting periods, closing the gun show loophole, and creating a federal database to track gun sales. This is good news for those shocked by our country’s inaction on combatting gun violence. The last time I checked, if you’ve got a majority, you’ve got yourself a winning hand (as long as you campaign in Michigan).

Wait. What? Where’s the sweet stat proving that most Americans support waiting periods or a federal database to track gun sales (which happens to be illegal under current law)? Anyway, Mr. Klepper’s opinion piece soon descends into the anti-gun owner condescension that elevated him from comic to statist social commentator.

A gun is not just a gun. It’s a symbol. It’s like that old smelly sweatshirt you’ve had since JV tennis. Your wife thinks you should throw it out, it’s a health hazard and it makes you look like “an emaciated Judge Reinhold.” But you’re not actually talking about the sweatshirt. You’re talking about maintaining your sense of masculinity and your connection to a valued past. How else will you remember that junior year make-out session in the JC Penney parking lot? The sweatshirt is a gun and it could ruin your marriage. I’m lost in this metaphor. The point is, talking about guns can be confusing. But it doesn’t always have to be.

Agreed! Mr. Klepper is lost in his own left-leaning elitism. And the conversation about guns is simple enough. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Discuss.

Last I checked, knowledge is still legal in this country, and we should really take advantage of it. There is a silent majority in America, speaking at appropriate decibel levels. But when America is faced with a path toward common sense gun reform, I hope we remember our voices. You are not alone. There’s a united chorus of rationality standing behind you. We are the nine in ten.

Even if American gun owners represented just 10 percent of the population, they’d still have a natural, civil and constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms without the infringement of background checks. No joke.

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  1. “Even if American gun owners represented just 10 percent of the population, they’d still have a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms without the infringement of background checks.”

    And they’d still have all the guns.

    Molon Labe.

  2. “It is no longer enough to be willing to fight and die to protect these rights. One must be willing to kill for them, too”

  3. And I’ve yet to see or read a full and complete refutation from Pat Macnamara on how HE does not, nor ever did, support UBC and WP. That’s the most telling thing since this happened.

      • His own social media posts contradicts that, though. It’s one thing to say “my words were twisted and I was selectively edited” and “I do not now, nor have I ever supported UBC or WP”. Just like Springfield and RRA, he’s in damage control.

  4. If 9 in 10 voters believe that all this is ‘common sense’, why aren’t they voting for it? One would think that the ‘silent majority”s continued silence on the matter would be enough for Mr. Klepper to reconsider, or even bother to source, his math.

  5. Now where did I put that bloody head effigy of Mr. Klepper? You know, for those First Amendment kicks.

    • I’m pretty sure “Comedy Central” is slang for CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, or any other member of the lame-stream media.

      • Bingo! You win the Internet for the day!

        It is no longer just the “leftist media” it is the “leftist media entertainment complex”… which is why I swapped my cable subscription for the Roku box.

  6. What is a Jordan Klepper?

    Like really, I haven’t been watching tons of tv lately but I still turn it on occasionally. Who is this guy?

  7. So, does this guy think it OK to throw people in cages or have the state kill them due to administrative errors? Because that’s where those “common sense” laws eventually lead.

  8. He said those terrible things, now he has to own them. No damage control now. He admitted to it on an instagram post. Whatever he says now is to clean up what he said. He sees that true 2nd anendment supporters are not happy about this

  9. Being talked down to by self-proclaimed progressive elites is pretty much what won Donald Trump the election. They still don’t get it.

  10. The number of voters who believe the bullshit statistic of “9 out of 10 people support…” created by telephoning a carefully selected group of people and asking whether they “had any firearms” has increased from 9 to 21 percent.

    Just remember; there are lies, damn lies, and statistics

  11. I still want to know what is so “common sense” about requiring a background check, as is now required in Washington and California, for friends to shoot each others’ guns at the range. What makes this even more bizarre is that, if BGCs are so effective and “common sense”, why can you still rent guns from the range operator without one? It makes no sense.

  12. I don’t know what’s worse… the ego on this kind of asshat, or the TV execs that offer up a platform for this sort of drivel.

    Then again, it’s (allegedly) a comedy network, so maybe the best response is just to point and laugh.

  13. I support common sense gun regulation, everyone who wants to own and carry a gun is allowed too (I wish the constitution provided for that allowance) without being treated like a second class inferior citizen who is subject to demeaning personal attacks by self appointed elitists with no qualifications for offering an opinion as a studied and expert opinion.

    Even further I support common sense gun regulation to teach children in school to shoot and handle guns safely. Exposure tends to reduce fear, misunderstanding and misuse.

  14. Anti-groups are marketing $$$ grabs. They get paid to mouth-piece. It’s like prostitution, only no ones developed a barrier method for a clap infection of the soul.

    Two questions for these yahoos:

    Where’d you get your damn money to spout off? (who’s supporting you) [as they would be . . .]

    Colluding with any foreign governments / entities to overthrow the Constitution?

  15. Anyone seeking meaningful advice on anything other than suicide from Comedy Central is out-there-damn-mind.

  16. White communist comics can’t do guns. Its not funny. But Richard Prior was very funny with guns.
    No racism here.

  17. Wow, this guy somehow thinks that JV tennis is considered to be some pinnacle of masculinity. That make as much sense as claiming that winning a pie eating contest is the apex of scholarship.

  18. “Americans for Final Responsible Solutions”

    I laughed out loud at that one, because it’s frank—not because it’s an exaggeration, it’s not an exaggeration at all. Civilian disarmament activists are mass murder and genocide enablers, whether they are aware of the consequences of their actions or not.


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