Colbert: Rand Paul’s feelings are the real victims of Newtown

By David Ferguson
Thursday, May 2, 2013 8:20 EDT
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Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert presented a new edition of his recurring segment “The Word.” Wednesday night’s word was “N.R.A.-vana,” the blissful state of peace and acceptance that comes to a politician after they sell their soul to the gun lobby.

“On the very first episode of this show,” Colbert reminisced, “I coined the word ‘truthiness.’” Truthiness is the way a thing feels true in spite of the facts, which are generally contradictory.

“Sadly, with the increasing frequency and magnitude of mass shootings, the victims and their families are winning the emotional argument. But some brave and heartless individuals are willing to fight back against the tyranny of empathy.”

National Review blogger Kevin D. Williamson said of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that “it should be noted that being shot in the head by a lunatic does not give one any special grace to pronounce upon public-policy questions.”

“Oh,” said Colbert. “It is noted.” Head trauma, he said, does not give anyone special insight, which is interesting in that Williamson’s seems lodged in his ass.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said to an audience that he is “saddened” to see President Barack Obama using the Newtown families as “props.”

“Hey, Newtown parents,” Colbert admonished, “stop making Rand Paul sad. He’s extremely sensitive…to his own feelings.”

What Rand Paul is reminding is, said Colbert, is that “grieving families aren’t the real victims. Gun owners are.”

Like conservative radio host Bob Davis, who told the Newtown families, “Deal with it and don’t force me to lose my liberty, which is a greater tragedy than your loss.”

“Yes,” said Colbert. “The parents of Newtown only lost their children, but Bob Davis might have to fill out some forms at a gun show. That’s a waste of precious time, time that could be spent yelling at people who have lost their children.”

Watch the video, embedded below via Comedy Central:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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