Comedian D.L. Hughley dropped knowledge and not jokes when discussing America’s tolerance for guns. In the wake of Sunday night’s Las Vegas shooting, the actor laid bare how the country’s gun control laws (or lack thereof) have continued to stay the same regardless of how many shootings have occurred.
“It’s not crazy, it’s just America,” Hughley tells TMZ Monday, Oct. 2. “And it says a lot that a man that would stand on top of the 32nd floor and gun down people he didn’t know. But it says more about a country that allows that man to have that kind of weapon. It’s easier in America to buy 10 assault weapons than two packs of Sudafed. It’s what we tolerate.”
Stephen Paddock was a 64-year-old man who killed 59 and injured over 500 at a country music festival Sunday night. Paddock, who lived in Mesquite, Nev., is believed to have killed himself before SWAT used an explosive to enter his Mandalay Bay hotel room. Nevada is known to have one of the most relaxed gun laws in the country. According to MarketWatch, gun owners don’t have to have a license and registration for long guns or handguns. Plus — with exceptions — a gun permit isn’t necessary for open carry and there is no ban in the state on assault weapons.
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By comparison, the active ingredient, pseudoephedrine, in some cold medicines — like Sudafed — means some strict rules are in place to obtain them. Some states require database registration of cold medicine purchasers, where some stores keep that information for up to two years. Those looking to purchase Sudafed even have to show photo identification.
With such tight rules for legal drug use and lose regulations for guns, Hughley makes this observation.
“The most dangerous thing in America is other Americans,” Hughley says. “More Americans have died at the hands of other Americans than have died in all the wars we’ve ever fought combined. ISIS ain’t got s— on us. … Even if you love guns, one man shot almost 600 people. What do you need a weapon with that kind of capacity on our streets for? And Nevada has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the country. It’s insulting for people to pretend like they’re shocked.”
“That weapon did exactly what it was supposed to do,” he adds. “And that man had the right to have those weapons. So nothing went wrong except he shot a bunch of people.”