Panel - Is Congress Finally Ready to Do Something About Guns?

June 15, 2016 - Timothy Simons 06/15/2016 Views: 1,217

Timothy Simons, Ricky Velez and Grace Parra weigh in on whether the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL, will lead to bipartisan support for tougher gun laws. (8:01)

All right, welcome back.I'm here with my panel.

First up, Nightly Show contributor Ricky Velez.

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And Nightly Show contributorGrace Parra.

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And you can see himin HBO's hit show Veep--

actor Timothy Simons.

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Okay, so yesterday inWashington-- this was amazing--

Paul Ryan called for a momentof silence in congress.

I don't know if you guys sawthat, but this happened.

Some people got upand walked out,

saying they are tiredof silence and prayers.

While others stayedand literally yelled,

"Where's the bill?!"

They were talking about the gunbill that had been put aside.

And as of this taping,Senator Christopher Murray

has been filibusteringsince 11:00 a.m.

this morning on the senate floorfor gun control.

He has been joined by over,like, 20 senators so far,

including Cory Bookerand Elizabeth Warren.

Okay. I've never seenthis kind of action.

Do you thinkthis was just for show,

or do you feelcongress is actually ready

to do something about guns?

(laughing):I honestly don't know.

-I...-WILMORE: Hard to say?

I think that that there is...

I would love to say that theywould, but I don't think

we've ever seenany actual evidence that they...

-I don't want to be pessimisticabout this... -WILMORE: Yeah.

...but they've historicallyproven that they won't.

-WILMORE: Yeah.-VELEZ: Yeah.

-I don't. -I feel likeit's a cycle that we go through.

We go through the mourning.

We go through the feelingsof how disappointing it is.

And then,the next thing you know,

someone shoots a gorilla, andwe all forget what happened.

-Well, I have high hopes.-You're saying

if more gorillas got killed,we'd ban guns?

VELEZ:After their last reaction?

-Yeah. -WILMORE: I know.-(laughter)

-I know.-(applause)

-I...-Seems like it.

I actually have high hopesfor this filibuster.

-I love a good filibusterto begin with. -WILMORE: Mm-hmm.

I mean,I'm backstage watching C-SPAN

like it's game sixof the finals right now.

-I love it. Um...-WILMORE: You DVR filibusters?

I DVR filibusters. I do.

-I feel like there is somethingright now. -Mm-hmm.

The, um... the energy in thiscountry is one of...

of action, of activity.

SIMONS: But I feel likeevery time this happens...

-WILMORE: Yeah.-...and it is far too often...

-Yes. -Yeah.-...we feel like that, but then,

the energy just dissipates,and I do think

that we get too caught up in...

Like, when we look at, like,whether or not it was right

for them to interruptthis moment of silence,

we end up arguing about allthese other things.

-Right. Sure.-Semantics of it all. Yeah.

Like, well,was that the right way

-to protest a moment of silence?-WILMORE: Mm-hmm.

When it just gets us furtherand further away

from 50 dead people in Orlando.

-WILMORE: Yeah. -PARRA: Mm-hmm.And that... I...

-(applause) -Every single time,we just... -WILMORE: Yeah.

And then it just goes away,

and we forget about it,and then more people get shot.

One tiny speckof optimism I have is

with this "no fly-no buy rule"that they're talking about.

-WILMORE: Okay. Mm-hmm. -The banright now, which is where

if you're on the no-fly zone,then you can't buy a gun.

Which is somethingthat both Obama agrees with,

and weirdly, Trump agrees with,too, so it feels like there's...

-Amazing.-Amazing, isn't it?

I know. But it feels like thereis a little bit of bipartisan,

um, support for each otherthat may...

WILMORE:So you're saying when future

-impeached President Trump, uh,is looking back... -(laughter)

-on his time in office...-He will...

...he may have passed somethinglike this is what you're saying.

He may have passed... Possibly.

I feel likethis is the start of...

It's a very small...

How come we can't agreeon assault weapons?

How come we can't...?

I don't know why we can't agree.

-I... Look... -VELEZ: Becausethere's too many out, Larry.

-You think that's the reason?-The assault...

-Yeah.-But who needs an assault rifle?

Go knock on that... Go...

What do you need that for exceptto kill a lot of people? Really.

But I think that there isa thing, where even people

that don't...Like, I'm not a person...

-I don't own guns.-WILMORE: Yeah.

Even peoplethat are for gun control...

Guns are such a fab...

They are such a partof the fabric of our country...

-WILMORE: Mm-hmm. -PARRA: Mm.-...that even people

that don't agreewith them are like,

"Well, we shouldn't get ridof all of them." I don't know.

PARRA: We just gota lot of 'em laying around.

-It's like we just...I don't know. -Mm.

I think it's hardfor people to ever think

that we could justget rid of them.

And frankly, there areso many guns in America,

that even we banded the saleof assault weapons right now...

-WILMORE: Mm-hmm. -...therewould still be three guns

for every person in the country?Like, there's...

-PARRA: Right.-WILMORE: Yeah.

-It's insane. -I know. It's alot, man. Still have a lot.

PARRA:It does feel we talk about

-the sale and distributionof guns... -WILMORE: Yeah.

...and not so muchabout the production of them.

Why are we not talking aboutstopping the production of guns?

-We have so many. -Well,I mean, the U.S. government's

one of the biggest production,companies...

-(applause and cheering)-Yeah. -WILMORE: Right.

SIMONS:Basically, whenever

-this happens...-WILMORE: Mm-hmm.

...anybody that opposes guncontrol points

to something like...

-Was it the lieutenant governorin Texas... -Yeah.

...tweetedthat terrible thing about...

like, a man reaps what they sow.

Like, there's always an excuse

for why it wasn't guns,and how somehow

these people brought it onthemselves.

That is... seems to bea talking point from them.

Like, "Well, if they weren'tin that..."

"If they didn't make thesechoices leading up to it."

-WILMORE: Uh-huh.-But in...

If the bouncer hada bigger gun.

-Yeah, if the bouncer hada bigger gun. -Mm-hmm. -Right.

-Mm-hmm. -But oncewe let Sandy Hook pass...

-Mm-hmm.-There is nothing more innocent

than a roomful of children,

and we couldn't evendo anything about that.

-Yeah. -(applause)-Like, that is why I don't...

I don't hold a lot of hope,and I don't like...

I don't like thinking about it,I don't like waking up

-Yeah. -and thinkingI don't have hope for this.

And I do agree that,look, we should also focus

-on the person who actually didthe crime itself. -Yes.

You know? And-and the...I think the horrible scourge

that isn't talked about enoughof homophobia,

-PARRA: Yes. -and-and whereit rears its ugly head.

Not just in... you know,in the Middle East

and that part of the world,but in so many places, you know.

I mean, that's the fuelthat was underneath here, but...

Well, I-I agree with thatto an extent, although--

I want to know what you guysthink about this--

I think that to... I thinkit kind of takes a village

when it comesto a shooter like this.

-I mean, we're hearing todaythat -You mean...

-his wife knew about it.-You mean, uh, cod...

uh, enabling this? Is thatwhat you're talking about?

Yes, there's a lot of enabling.

And there's institutionalproblems, like, homophobia,

that you're talking about,and-and, uh, like, you know,

-gun control. -Are they sayingshe knew about it?

-Yes. -They're saying she knew,she knew where he was going.

And listen, I've beenwith my girl for four years,

I trust herwith everything I have,

but she would snitch on mein a (bleep) second.

(laughter, applause)

And that's a good...and that's a good thing.

You're gonna go do what?

How do you,like, notice and say,

"I don't trustthat mother (bleep),

they may do something"?

I don't know whyhe's buying that much ammo.

-Yeah. -The gun... the guywho sold him that ammo,

I think heshould be held responsible.

I think ammo should be regulated

-and see how much goes outto everybody. -(cheering)


Do you... Listen, listen.

Shooting guns is fun.

-It is a fun thing.-SIMONS: It's fun.

To go to... to go to a...the shooting range

and to shoot a gunis a lot of fun.

But you don't needmore than a hundred bullets

at a shooting range,and you can buy more bullets

-at a shooting range.-Yeah.

I don't understandwhy we just allow anybody

to go and haveas many bullets as they want.

-(applause) -It's (bleep) crazy.-WILMORE: Yeah, uh-huh.

You were gonna sayone more thing, or...?

I... uh, I agree.Like, I grew up in Maine,

and I am oneof those people that...

this was not the casein my house, but there were

plenty of familiesthat I went to school with

who needed to huntto have food for the winter.

-Mm-hmm. -And I'm not...-VELEZ: That's crazy.

-PARRA: That's so mean.-And that is... number one,

that's crazyand that speaks to poverty,

-and that's a whole other thing.-Right. -Right.

And it's Maine.We are talking about Maine.

-Yeah. So, but... so I'm not...-Yeah.

VELEZ:Y'all shoot lobsters?


Just a bunch of a happy-ass deerwalking behind us,

-we're firing bullets.-All these Maine Elmer Fudds.


-Mr. Wobster?-(laughter)

-PARRA: Mr. Wobster?-And I'm not gonna

take that away from a familythat lives up there.

-But you don't need an AR-15to hunt a deer. -PARRA: Yeah.

That is not... You don't needanything that powerful.

And you don't need to be able togo to Academy Sports + Outdoors

to buy guns...or to buy AR-15's, like you can.

-Yeah.-That's cr... I'm from Texas,

where guns arevery easily accessible, too,

and I agree with thatcompletely. Completely.

-Yeah.-WILMORE: Yep. All right.

-I think we got it allfigured out. -Oh, my God.

We'll be right back.

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