Hasan Minhaj wants you to know just how ass-backwards the National Rifle Association really is in the latest episode of his Peabody-winning Netflix series, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. In typically humorous yet informative fashion, he manages to cycle through myriad ways the organization is not only an effective spin machine here in the U.S., but also a shockingly large player on the global stage. Considering how seemingly inept many of its higher-ups appear to be—seriously, guys, the Second Amendment is not an international doctrine, despite your best efforts—it’s a worrying thing to witness.
Starting the episode with news that NRA President Oliver North would not be returning for a second term, Minhaj dives deep into the frustrating gun control can of worms. Trump recently pulled the U.S. out of the U.N.-created Arms Trade Treaty, one designed to keep weapons out of groups or states that could use them for war crimes and human rights abuses. Who could possibly be against that? Well, Kim Jong Un, Bashar al-Assad and … the NRA.
“The NRA hates the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty because they think it will lead to gun control in the U.S.,” Minhaj explains. And we can’t have that, now can we?
But the most damning section of Minhaj’s well-organized rant focuses on an upsetting ouroboros that is the international arms trade between the U.S. and nations in Central and South America, leading directly to another hot-button topic: migration.
As it stands, the NRA’s push for looser gun laws is helping weapons flow to Central America, which is contributing to violence, which is causing people to flee that violence and seek asylum in the U.S., which the NRA is using to sell looser gun laws. And this cycle shows no signs of stopping.
It’s enough to make your head spin. Check out a 25-minute excerpt below and find the full episode on Netflix.