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CBS ‘Late Show’ host Stephen Colbert used his discussion of the horrific Uvalde, Texas shooting to promote the midterm elections and urge voters to think about which politicians have positions stand firm on strict gun laws.
On his Tuesday night show, Colbert called the elementary school shooting “unspeakable” and said that while he and others may offer their prayers for the dead, there is nothing left behind. can be said to “address the immeasurable grief” of their families.
“But while we’re at it, let’s pray this time that our leaders will show a modicum of courage in trying to prevent this from happening again,” Colbert said, turning his attention to the politics of the tragedy. .
While prayers won’t end mass shootings in America, “voting might,” he said.
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“When you vote, ask yourself this question: Who is running for office has publicly stated that they are prepared to do everything in their power to protect your children from the criminally insane number of guns in America,” added Colbert, as the audience applauded. .
This isn’t the first time Colbert has spoken out on the issue of gun violence in America.
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In March 2021, Colbert uttered similar words following the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, when he said the “only proper way” to honor the victims “is to take action.”
The host went on to slam Republicans for their inaction on gun legislation, at one point specifically targeting Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, who has come under scrutiny after comparing the shootings of mass to driving while intoxicated.
“OK, I’m going to take this deal,” Colbert replied, after playing a snippet of the senator’s quote. “Let’s regulate guns like we regulate alcohol and cars. You must be 21, pass a test to get a license, you must have registration and insurance for your gun. If you move to a new state, you have to start all over again, and you can’t come out loaded.”
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Colbert has repeatedly waded into political waters on his comedy show, lambasting mostly Republicans, while getting to know Democratic lawmakers who were guests on his show and refraining from criticizing left-leaning figures.
In April, Colbert tore into his own employer after former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann challenged him to call CBS News for hiring former Trump administration official Mick Mulvaney.
Colbert also targeted former President Trump in 97% of his jokes about presidential candidates in September 2020, according to research by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University.
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In addition, Colbert also called former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “d—–bag,” provided Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with advice on how to propose the tax hikes. taxes necessary for its Medicare-for-All plan and have repeatedly championed higher gas prices under the Biden administration.