Jon Stewart did a great job in exposing the warped thinking of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s thinking. Launching from this week’s ruling on the Bruce James Abramski “straw gun purchaser” case — which sided with gun safety advocates and determined that Abramski cannot simply buy a gun and then gift it to his uncle — Stewart totally ridiculed the logic Scalia applied to his dissent.
Abramski purchased a gun for his uncle three days after the uncle wrote him a check. The memo line of the $400 check had the statement “Glock 19 handgun.” Bruce James Abramski checked the box stating he was the buyer. Abramski was later arrested for making false statements about the purchase of a gun. The Supreme Court voted 5-to-4 upholding the law under which Abramski was arrested.
Jon Stewart first showed snippets of the Firearms Transaction Record that clearly states that only the actual buyer could take possession of the gun. It also clearly states that it is a felony to misrepresent one’s self on the form.
Jon Stewart lit into Justice Antonin Scalia’s rational for dissenting. Scalia asserted that if a gun buyer steps outside and sell his gun immediately, presumably for a profit, it should not be illegal.
Scalia characterizes a transaction as follows:
“As soon as I buy it, I walk out of the store I meet this guy in the parking lot. He says, ‘Hey, that’s a nifty looking gun there. Ah – how much did you pay for it?’ He says, ‘You know, I paid six hundred dollars, I’ll give ya seven hundred. It’s yours.’ Right? I can hand it to him, can’t I?”
“There apparently is no prohibition of transferring the gun after you buy it. So what is your point Scalia?”
He went on to play a clip where Scalia implies that the law made no sense because anyone who wants a gun can get their hands on one. Is he blind to the fact that — as these laws are enforced — fewer guns would be out there?
Jon Stewart then exposed the big loophole in the gun control laws. One must get background-checked to buy guns in stores, but no background checks are required for personal sales.
Watch Jon Stewart illustrate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s irrational thought process.
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