Hours after Congress rejected four gun control bills, Stephen Colbert unleashed an epic tirade about the Senate and the lobbying powers at the NRA. “After the attacks in Orlando, Florida, I thought maybe the government might do their job and pass any kind of law, even a fig leaf to justify their existence. Well, for thinking that, I owe myself an apology,” Colbert said.
“Yesterday, each party introduced two gun bills, and all four of those bills were voted down. They couldn’t even agree to keep people on the terror watch list from buying high-powered assault rifles,” Colbert said. “It’s easy to feel hopeless.”
Colbert then expressed his disappointment that, while 92 percent of the population wants some stronger form of gun control, the government continues to only appease from the eight percent who are happy with the Second Amendment status quo. The frustrated host eventually declared: “That’s it, I’m taking the gloves off on this issue” before popping off burn after burn on both the Senate and the NRA.
“Hey Senate, my dog accomplished more than you this week when it rolled over and licked its nuts,” Colbert said into the mic. “You might as well ask the gun lobby to check for a hernia as long as they’ve got your balls in their hands. Senate, you couldn’t pass a bill if it was coated in Ex-Lax. But, if you ever did pass a bill, it would say, ‘Be it resolved: No kissing and the NRA should just leave the money on the dresser.'”
Earlier in the week, Samantha Bee also called out the NRA and their pro-gun tactics.
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Samantha Bee and other late-night hosts responded to the Orlando shooting with poignancy and humor. Watch here.