Stephen Colbert addresses recent shootings and slams ‘gun apologists’

Stephen Colbert spoke out about the recent mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia as he shared a solemn message on Tuesday’s The Late Show.

The host addressed the ‘unspeakably tragic’ events and called for government action on gun control legislation, as well as blasting ‘gun apologists’.

He lamented: ‘Yesterday was another grim day for America when a gunman walked into a Boulder, Colorado supermarket and killed 10 people, including a police officer.

‘This story is unspeakably tragic, and I cannot imagine for a moment the grief of these families and this community can be approached with words alone. The only suitable way to honor these victims is with action, but our government continues to do nothing.’

After a break in large-scale shootings, partly due to Covid-19 lockdowns over the past year, the world has been left shocked by the crimes committed in Atlanta and Boulder over the past week.

Colbert continued: ‘Evidently, the only solution for America’s gun violence is putting all of us under house arrest.’

Stephen Colbert slams ‘gun apologists’ amid recent mass shootings (Picture: CBS/YouTube)

The furious host then called out the ‘predictable’ responses from ‘gun apologists’ such as the Colorado State Shooting Association.

In a statement shared on the show, the association claimed: ‘There will be a time for the debate on gun laws… There will be a time for a conversation on how this could have been prevented. But today is not the time.’

‘Why not?!’, Colbert shot back during his segment. ‘That’s what they say every time this happens. And that’s what I say about what they say every time they say it every time it happens.’

He then continued: ‘Another gun fetishist weighing in on the tragedy is Colorado representative and H.R. supervisor for John Wick, Lauren Boebert.’

Colbert then pointed out a tweet from the QAnon-friendly congresswoman that read, in part, :’While we are still awaiting important information and details in this case, random public shootings and senseless acts of violence are never OK.’

The host gave a passionate speech about the need for change (Picture: CBS/YouTube)

‘Where does she find the courage?’ Colbert asked. ‘”Senseless acts of violence are never OK,” implying, of course, that intentional violence is fine. You know, the kind her buddies plan on Parler.’

The host also called out Sen. John Kennedy, who argued on Tuesday that America doesn’t have a gun control problem but rather an ‘idiot control problem.’

Colbert responded: ‘Oh, we definitely have an idiot control problem. It’s people who don’t recognize that this country has long had a gun problem, John Kennedy.

‘So when idiots like John Kennedy refuse to do anything about getting rid of idiots’ guns, it’s clearly time to get rid of idiots like John Kennedy. And that means voting them out!’

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