Bill Maher couldn’t help but note that the way Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock is being treated differently than other terrorists that have attacked Americans in the past.
“Guns is the one issue where if you can’t see the difference between the way blacks and whites are treated on guns then you’re probably racist,” Maher said to his panel.
He brought up Judge Roy Moore’s rally where he pulled a gun from his pocket and waved it around. Maher then asked his guest, former Sen. Harold Ford Jr. if he could have done the same thing as a black man running for the U.S. Senate and Ford admitted he could not.
Even the response to Paddock has been different, according to Maher.
“If it was a Muslim it’d be about the ban,” he said about a hypothetical shooter. “If it was a Mexican it’d be about the wall. And I feel like, when it’s a white guy it’s like, ‘We don’t know how this happened.’ I feel like it doesn’t get to be an isolated incident if you’re a minority. It’s always — this guy was from a broken home, his father was a criminal. That would be a big deal on Fox News, I feel like.”
Guest Olivia Nuzzi, of New York Magazine, agreed, saying that President Donald Trump would already be proclaiming what the motive was if the shooter wasn’t a white man. In the past, Trump has been quick to blame terrorism and any sort of rationale for non-whites who commit crimes.
“He doesn’t take the whole — ‘It’s too soon to talk about it. We shouldn’t speculate,’ approach,” Nuzzi said. “He only does that in very specific cases.”
Maher went on to quote Garry Wills, who outlined the racist history of the Second Amendment, in an annotated version of the U.S. Constitution. Wills explained that the amendment was to help arm a militia to prevent an uprising of black slaves.
Ford said that his solution is that we need to look at ammunition. He noted comedians have made jokes about it but he would like to see the cost of ammunition increase. He doesn’t see any solution that would stop people from owning guns.
Watch the full discussion below: