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06/10/2015 06:02 BST | Updated 09/11/2015 07:59 GMT

John Oliver Rants About Gun Control And Mental Health

Get ready to give John Oliver a standing ovation.

In the wake of the latest mass shooting in the United States, the 'Last Week Tonight' host decided it was time to tackle the way Republicans act after these tragedies - scapegoating the mentally ill to avoid a conversation about gun control.

Last week, Chris Harper-Mercer massacred nine people at an Oregon community college before turning the gun on himself.

As is the case with many mass shootings in the US, a national debate sparked about gun control, but Republicans were quick to blame mental health rather than the deadly weapons.

But if they're so keen to tackle the mental health issue, why is there no clear plan to deal with it?

"If we're going to constantly use mentally ill people to dodge conversations about gun control, then the very least we owe them is a fucking plan," Oliver said at the end of his segment.

He also mentions some stats the Republican candidates might like to see - stating mentally ill people are much more likely to be the victim than the perpetrator in such a situation.

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