Host of Comedy Central's "Daily Show" Jon Stewart made headlines for confronting the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Wednesday night, saying they were a covert operation with Michael Moore in charge.
Stewart stated that the association's most recent approach is an "attempt to discredit responsible gun owners." However, the television personality saved his most severe criticism for a reaction to President Barack Obama's proposal to stop the country's mass gun violence.
Stewart cut to footage of a CNN pro-gun rights guest, who said that the U.S. needs to just simply enforce the gun laws that are already enacted. The host reacted by saying how that would be almost impossible due to the restrictions put on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Stewart also brought up Republican Todd Tiahrt, who made the suggestion in 2007 that mayors try to find the source of illegal firearms for the simple reason that the ATF is "going after them 24/7."
In hindsight, Stewart stated that the ATF is full of dysfunction because of inconsistencies in its foundation. For example, current Director B. Todd Jones is also the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota.
"You're telling me this dude ... has another full-time job? He's just moonlighting?" Stewart asked.
Interesting enough, the Senate has yet to confirm an ATF director since 2006. Due to a provision in 2006 that was put into a Patriot Act renewal by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, the respective body of government must confirm the position.
"I don't have footage of that. ... I do have footage of Sensenbrenner from that year, accepting the NRA's coveted Defender of Freedom Award," Stewart said.
Stewart continued to point out several other problems, such as how the ATF is restricted from creating a federal registry to monitor gun sales and is barred from releasing information from its database to anyone outside law enforcement or prosecution.