Appearing last night on the Late Show, host Stephen Colbert summed up the present day political climate on gun control, and the mass shootings that have become common in this country:
In the face of the killing in Oregon yesterday, I honestly don’t know what to do or say. Other than our hearts are broken for the people struck by this senseless tragedy. I don’t know how to start a show like this which is often about what’s happened in the last 24 hours.
I can’t pretend that it didn’t happen. I also can’t pretend to know what to do to prevent what happened yesterday, all of the times it has happened before. But I think pretending is part of the problem. These things happen over and over again and we are naturally horrified and shocked when we hear about them — but then we change nothing and pretend that it won’t happen again.
Some say the answer is stricter gun laws, some say the answer is mental health care, that we need better treatment or just keep the guns out of hands of the insane. Maybe it’s both. I honestly don’t know. But I do know that one of the definitions of insanity is changing nothing and then pretending that something will change.
For more on this story, click Raw Story Colbert gets serious on mass shooting ‘insanity’: ‘We change nothing and pretend it won’t happen again’