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Armed Colbert 'trigger happy' about Supreme Court decision
David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
Published: Tuesday July 29, 2008

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On Monday night's The Colbert Report, the Comedy Central host introduced a new segment he called "Trigger Happy," bringing viewers the "good news" from legal struggles over US gun laws. Colbert, waiving a revolver toward the screen, specifically focused on a recent Supreme Court decision that lifted a Washington, D.C. handgun ban, and said that the reversal grants "the kind of handgun freedom our founding fathers wanted."

But, Colbert took the notion of gun ownership a bit further. Occasionally petting and holding half a conversation with a handgun he called "Sweetness," Colbert told his weapon, "No, of course that's not another gun in my pocket. I just really love this segment."

Referencing a recent AP report on felons bringing legal challenges against the prohibition barring their gun ownership, the host joked, "Sweetness and I agree. Allowing former convicts to have guns will give them the confidence to go out and make new friends and/or new hostages."

Mocking one gun-maker's plans to commemorate the decision with a special handgun engraved with a symbol representing the case, Colbert smirked, "That's the way the founding fathers intended for you to be held up at a liquor store."

At the end of his segment, he inquired of the revolver what it would like to shoot. "What's that?" asked Colbert. "Fictional mobster Sonny Corleone? Really? Alright ..." A clip from Francis Ford Coppola's famous crime drama The Godfather played -- showing actor James Cann being torn to shreds by bullets -- to which Colbert replied, "Good choice! I'm sure he'll be alright."

This video is from Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, broadcast July 28, 2008.


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