Jon Stewart offered a sober response -- and a shade of comic relief -- to the shooting in Arizona last night on The Daily Show. Sparse with jokes and characteristically comforting, Stewart's monologue focused first the senselessness of the attack in Arizona:
How do you make sense of these types of senseless situations?
Boy would it be nice to draw a straight line of causation from this horror to something tangible, because then we could convince ourselves that if we just stopped this, the horrors would end.
And then on corraling political commentary into an area that recognizes the consequences of violent rhetoric:
If there is real solace in this I think it's that for all the hyperbole and vitriol that's become a part of our political process -- when the reality of that rhetoric, when actions match the disturbing nature of words, we haven't lost our capacity to be horrified. And please, let us hope we never do. Let us hope we never become numb to what real horror, what the real blood patriots looks like when it's spilled. Maybe it helps us to remember to match our rhetoric with reality more often.
Watch the full clip here:
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