Jokester Jordan Klepper is going to “solve guns” in his new one-hour special set to air on June 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.
“Over the course of this special, I selflessly let people on all sides of the gun debate be interviewed by me, and I was consistently surprised by how much common ground they shared,” said Klepper, in a press release.
“This special isn’t just about America’s relationship with guns — it’s about how needlessly toxic the debate around that issue has become,” he added. “Also, doing my part to bring the country together, I show my ass on television.”
Obviously, I have yet to watch the special but based on what I saw in the teaser video (see below) it appears to be nothing more than a hit-piece on the gun community.
I’ll refrain from making a final judgment on the show until I actually watch it but it doesn’t bode well when the clips show him at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits asking attendees, “What was your favorite shooting from 2016?” or “This [NRA conventions] is like Comic-Con but for death.”
Now if he was serious about bringing the two sides together to bridge the gap and engage in constructive dialogue he wouldn’t have taken potshots at gun owners. I get that he is trying to bring some levity to the topic but there’s just nothing funny about insinuating that gun owners embrace mass killers and murderers.
For once it would be nice to see the host of one of these specials not suffer from contempt prior to investigation, to see a host who actually had an open mind about gun ownership in America. Who knows, maybe Klepper sees the light at the end of the show. I guess I’ll have to wait and see.
Oh, and for those of you who think these shows don’t matter, I’d argue that they do. A nontrivial percentage of youngsters watch Comedy Central. Heck, not only do they watch comedy central but they get their news from that network. At one point, 12 percent of Americans said they got their news from “The Daily Show.”
To dismiss this special as just fluff for the snowflakes is missing the point. The youth of this generation will determine the gun politics of the next. If the 2A is to survive, the gun community has to reach that younger audience and ensure that it gets the other side of the story.