Appearing on Conan this Tuesday, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies expanded a little bit on his viral gun rant, specifically the gun nuts’ newly patented response to the terror attack in Nice, France where Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel used a truck to mow over attendees of a Bastille Day celebration, killing over 84 people.
It goes something like this: “Well, why don’t we start banning trucks now?”
It’s a silly argument, and Jefferies dismantled it perfectly. When host Conan O’Brien asked him why he felt his initial comedy routine criticizing America’s gun culture connected so powerfully with people, Jefferies explained that the vitriol he experiences from the pro-gun crowd actually intensifies when there’s a massacre overseas.
“What happened in Nice obviously was horrible,” Jefferies said. “But the gun nuts, as soon as that happened in Nice, they all wrote to me because I’m the anti-gun guy and they go, ‘Well maybe we need truck control,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, you already have it.’”
“You gotta get a license, you gotta register the truck – I can’t get a truck. I don’t have a truck license. I can’t drive one,” he continued.
“This is the thing about gun control: people can go on and on, ‘If we have a little bit of gun control, they’re going to take our guns’ – America, you already have gun control… We’re just asking for a little bit more, like, terrorists can’t buy guns. Just simple things like that.”
Jefferies then took his focus back to gun laws in the U.S.
“You can open-carry a machine gun in Target but you can’t open-carry a chainsaw. That would be ridiculous. You can’t walk into Target carrying a chainsaw and go, ‘This is my protection chainsaw… The only way to stop a bad guy with a chainsaw is a good guy with a chainsaw.’”
Watch the segment below, uploaded to YouTube by Team Coco: