Wallace complained during the show's first segment that the arguments "on the other side" – meaning those against gun control – had become "repugnant," whereas before they'd been "civilized." Implicit in this remark was the assumption that the position of Republicans and pro-Second Amendment individuals has changed somehow.
But as Stephens would go on to point out, the argument in favor of the right to bear arms is the same today as it was twenty years ago: it's in the Constitution. In an appreciable but disturbing moment of honesty, Stephens struck at the core issue of that argument, and questioned whether owning firearms really ought to be a right at all:
There is something kind of aggressively and inhumanly repetitive about this line that guns are essential to American liberties – a hard one to stomach when so many thousands of people are dying every year for this so-called 'liberty.'