John Oliver senses hypocrisy from those who support monitoring phone calls — but not gun purchases
John Oliver is settling right in as the host of "The Daily Show" — it's only taken him two days to declare the Second Amendment the winner of all amendments.
Oliver announced the win as he noted the curious position of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who doesn't object to government monitoring of Americans' phone records, but believes universal background checks for gun purchases are an invasion of privacy.
"Guns are one thing, but phone calls are too dangerous to go unchecked," Oliver said. "Really, think about it — some maniac could be calling about going on a shooting spree."
He then announced that the Second Amendment has "won the Bill of Rights."
"It has defeated all the other Amendments! Which of course it did, when you think about it — it's the only amendement with a f—ing gun."
The pronouncment came at the end of a segment skewering of government spying that included imagining Apple's Siri as a scared victim of the government's PRISM program. Oliver also mocked Sen. John McCain's suggestion that Americans wouldn't be so bothered by government monitoring if it were Sept. 12, 2001.
"The standard for what constitutes the best decisions cannot be, 'What decisions would we make on our most vulnerable and panicked day?'" Oliver said.
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