What’s the difference between North Korea, Iran, Syria, and the United States? According to Jon Stewart, not much.
The Daily Show host ripped into the US Senate and the NRA during Wednesday night’s show over how they’ve handled a United Nations arms treaty.
The treaty, which would provide regulations on international conventional arms sales, has received global support. The treaty was approved last week despite protests from North Korea, Syria, Iran, and a handful of United State senators.
Stewart asked” “If we don’t preserve our right to give guns to terrorists, what are they going to fight us with?”
The Business Insider reports that the NRA and more than 50 senators sent a letter to the President voicing their concern about the treaty. The senators believe that the treaty would “restrict the rights of law-abiding American gun owners.”
Stewart argues that the treaty really wouldn’t have an affect on how state’s regulate their gun laws and, even if it did that, it isn’t like the United States always listens to what the UN has to say.
Stewart said: “It’s like signing a get well card for Carrol in the office. It doesn’t cost you anything and it doesn’t cede your authority to wish her ill. But if you don’t sign, it kind of makes you look like an a**hole.”
The talk show host also brought up that whole Iraq war thing, which didn’t exactly get the UN’s approval.
Stewart said: “Since when does anyone respect the United Nations’ authority? Remember when the United Nations rejected our Iraq War resolution, thus preventing us from making what might have turned into a huge, decade-long, trillion-dollar, thousands-of-casualties quagmire?”
Stewart finished his tear down of the US Senate by showing a map of all the places that opposed the UN Treaty.
Stewart said: “The senate rejected it. They rejected that treaty. I”m sure sure that that in no way puts us in terrible, terrible company. Thank you, United State’s senate. We have literally become one of our own worst enemies.”
Here’s the clip from The Daily Show.