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John Oliver’s expose on NRA TV reveals their apocalyptic vision of America with ‘gun porn’ for men and pink pistols for ladies

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In Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver did a hard-hitting report and commentary on the National Rifle Association.

According to him, they are “a group that feels about guns the way the rest of us feel about Nutella.”

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As Parkland students speak out and take to the streets to oppose the weapons that fired upon them, corporations are finally pulling their special perks they hand to NRA members. However, a few major tech firms have decided not to. He named off Amazon, Apple and Roku, which offers NRA TV on it’s channel selection.

Oliver wondered what exactly NRA TV was and discovered it was nothing more than videos “trolling for your attention.” Occasionally they’ll have a celebrity country music singer or spokesperson Dana Loesch will comment on the “clenched fist of truth.” One program on the channel shows an ex-military member reenacting scenes from his favorite movies, that all seem to be bank robberies.

There’s also a series talking about why women should be part of the gun-toting world. They feature things like handbags that hold a concealed weapon along with gun-specific arts and crafts like painting your gun or monogramming it. One show is named “Armed and Fabulous,” which, according to one clip, reveals the key marketing tactic: “if you get the woman, you get the family.”

Another, called “Love at First Shot,” helps women learn to use guns. The show’s episodes include tips and tricks for using the very weapon used in the Parkland shooting. Oliver described it as “a light poof of happiness.” Describing a semi-automatic weapon like former TV painter Bob Ross described a cloud.

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The worst was an Antiques Roadshow-esque appraisal series where host Doug Wicklund strokes vintage weapons saying things like, “It’s a sensuous gun,” “It gives me shivers,” and “Cock… both hammers at the same time.”

But Oliver’s most poignant observation is that NRA TV offers a disturbing and seemingly dystopian view of the United States, where the only solution is a gun. According to him it’s one continuous infomercial asking: “Do you have ISIS sympathizers in those hard to reach places? Are you tired of getting 9/11-ed?”

He concluded their dire warning of the world is as the ridiculous as a hat sitting on top of an actually frightening bear.

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“It’s the dumbest most transparent thing it does,” said Oliver. In short, “It’s just a vessel to sell America guns.”

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