After a brief hiatus, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert returned with a defense of the many “thoughts and prayers” offered in the wake of the Colorado Springs and San Bernardino mass shootings. Host Stephen Colbert also used the show to argue for action, especially when buying bullets in the United States is so easy.
Holding up a copy of last week’s “GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS” cover from the New York Daily News, Colbert noted the paper is “going after politicians who, following attacks like these, offer what the paper calls ‘meaningless platitudes.'” He offered a brief but honest defense of “thoughts and prayers,” but stressed that action must be taken as “we can’t stop there.”
That’s when Colbert transitioned into the topic of guns and gun control.
“There has to be some way to make it harder to build up an arsenal. The San Bernardino shooters had 6,000 rounds of ammunition. Why is it so easy to buy bullets when I have to show three forms of I.D. to buy Sudafed?”
Following cheers and brief applause from the audience, Colbert continued: “Some people say, ‘If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.’ But then at least you’ll know who the outlaws are. They’re the ones with the guns. Go get ’em!”
“I should have mentioned this before,” he said to break the ice, “I don’t know what I’m talking about.”
To prove this point, the Late Show host then discussed the fact that the U.S. Air Force is running out of bombs to use against ISIS, and that the terrorist organization’s foot soldiers are often drug-addled recruits. He even offered a solution that would solve both problems.
“Now that we know they like the ‘go-go pills,’ I think it gives us a clear path to victory against ISIS,” he said. “We just need to flood Syria with less of the spiders-on-your-face-stabby drugs, and more of the peace-and-love drugs. I say we send our bombers over there to drop ecstasy.”
Check out the clips above, via CBS.
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