People are re-sharing this video of Australian comedian Jim Jefferies perfectly skewering the US gun lobby

The horrific mass-shooting at an LGBT bar in Orlando, Florida, which left 49 people dead has rekindled anger over the US' seeming inability to tackle its gun control problem.

Suspect Omar Mateen legally purchased the assault rifle and handgun he used in the attack just 13 days ago, despite being on the FBI's radar and at one time being placed on a terror 'watch list'.

In the wake of the weekend's horrific events, a skit from comic Jim Jefferies comparing attitudes to gun violence in the US and his native Australia has resurfaced.

The routine is from a show in Boston in 2013. Sadly, it's been reeled out many times since then after American citizens get killed in preventable tragedies again and again:

Now, please understand that I understand that Australia and America are two vastly different cultures with different people. I get it. In Australia we had [Port Arthur] the biggest massacre on Earth and the Australian government went ‘that’s it, no more guns’. And we all went, ‘yeah, alright then, that seems fair enough really’.

Now, in America you had the Sandy Hook massacre, where tiny little children died, and your government went 'maybe... we’ll get rid of the big guns'. And 50 per cent of you went 'F--K YOU, DON’T TAKE MY GUNS!'

Jefferies goes on to destroy the logic that guns are a means of self-defence or property protection.

You have guns because you like guns. That’s why you go to gun conventions, that’s why you read gun magazines. None of you give a shit about home security. None of you go to home security conventions, none of you read 'Padlock Monthly'.

And while the NRA's favourite argument for gun ownership is that it is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the American Constitution - at one point, slavery was a legal institution too.


The battle to get congress out of the gun lobby's pocket my seem insurmountable at times. But activists should take heart in one small silver lining that has come out of the deliberate targeting and suffering of the LGBT community:


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