Stephen Colbert argues Obama’s gun order is better than nothing, even if it does nothing

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On Wednesday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert proved that something that does nothing is better than nothing on gun control. President Obama is nearing his final year in office, and it’s clear just by looking at him how much of a toll the past seven years have taken on him. It’s clear he’s fed up with fighting for things like gun control, but when he shed tears over Sandy Hook during his gun control speech this week, Obama drew criticism for showing emotion. Stephen has said before that he doesn’t know what to do about guns, but he thinks “this is a start,” meaning the president’s tears. “I think on the issue of guns, someone should show emotion.” The five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. “We’re really good at the denial part,” says Stephen. “Then we skip straight to the acceptance.” But there is a set process for a reason. “When you’re set on fire, you stop, drop, and roll. You don’t just stop, and then wait for the marshmallows to arrive.”

Obama has gone through the bargaining stage without any help, so he passed an executive order clarifying and enforcing current gun laws, of which the NRA said, “this is it, really?” The new laws will almost do nothing more than the existing ones, but Stephen is okay with that. “The plan may not do anything, but at least the president is doing something, even if that something will do nothing. Cause that’s better than what we’ve been doing up until now—which is nothing. Because doing nothing leads to something, and that’s acceptance—acceptance that nothing will ever be done. But if enough people do something, even if it does nothing, maybe one day someone will do something that does anything. And wouldn’t that be something.”


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