There have been many heartfelt and moving words written and said about the horrifying, hateful massacre in Orlando last weekend. On Full Frontal, Samantha Bee gave voice to the righteous anger many Americans feel as politicians refuse to take action on gun control.
Last week, I had the immense pleasure of attending a live taping of Samantha Bee’s fantastic new show Full Frontal. Not only is Bee hilarious, but she’s a pro; she managed to deliver every bit smoothly in one take. During the taping, I also realized that there were so many women doing jobs that probably are held by men on most other shows–the stage manager, the warm-up comic, the camera operator. I’m so thrilled that her show has been picked up for more episodes and her much-needed voice will continue to be on late night.
One of the segments from that episode is a prime example of just how smart and cutting her comedy can be. It chronicles how she came up against onerous regulations the NRA has for buying or renting their mascots costume, far more onerous than anything they would ever allow for gun purchases. Her approach perfectly captures the absurdity and is a must-watch.
If I were going to write a piece every time a Republican presidential candidate said something reprehensible, I’d have to quit my day job. I’m tempted to close my eyes and wait until it’s all over, but sometimes they just hit the intersection of so many harmful ideas at once that it makes your blood boil. Ted Cruz laid out this gem on a right-wing talk radio show this week:
“And as you know, Hugh, after Australia did that [gun buyback program], the rate of sexual assaults, the rate of rapes, went up significantly, because women were unable to defend themselves.”
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It should be obvious why gun control is good for everybody–this country has a horrific problem with gun violence and that poses risks we shouldn’t have to face in our daily lives. But there are reasons why keeping firearms out of circulation is particularly important for women. Continue reading “Why gun control is good for women”
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