The Late Show was on break last week, in the immediate aftermath of the mass shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. But when the show came back Monday, host Stephen Colbert addressed the issue of gun violence head on, revealing he’s just as confounded about what to do about the problem as the rest of America.
Colbert defended politicians who issued statements about keeping the victims in their prayers, saying, “The reason you keep people in your thoughts and prayers is, admittedly, not to fix the problem but to try to find some small way to share the burden of grief.”
But if the nation truly wants to fix things, thoughts and prayers won’t be enough, Colbert said, issuing a light-hearted appeal for reasonable gun restrictions.
“There has to be some way to make it harder to build up an arsenal,” Colbert said. “The San Bernardino shooters had 6,000 rounds of ammunition. Why is so easy to buy bullets when I have to show three forms of ID to buy Sudafed?”
He went on to skewer the idea that if the government outlaws guns, only outlaws will have guns (“At least then you will know who the outlaws are! They’re the ones with the guns: go get ’em!”), before admitting, “I don’t know what I’m talking about.”
“Maybe everyone should have a gun,” Colbert said. “If everyone had a lot of training, it might be a deterrent. We’d have a safe, civil society that might not turn into a three million-man Mexican standoff.”