Seth Meyers pushed aside Monday’s monologue to begin his show with a “Closer Look” at gun violence in America following the horrific mass shooting in Orlando.
Despite the usual questions and uncertainties that arise following a mass shooting, Seth first wanted to point out that “amid the horrific scenes of carnage and grief, there were also tremendous outpourings of compassion and goodwill.” Hundreds of people donated blood in Orland, and millions of dollars were raised to support families of victims and donated to LGBT support centers.
After that acknowledgement, Seth changed focus to the real problem that connects all shootings. “Whether the shooter was a homophobe, mentally ill, a terrorist inspired by ISIS, or all three, what allowed him to kill so many people on Sunday was his gun.”
Despite how often this happens in America, “when given a chance, Congress consistently chooses ‘nothing’ as a course of action.” Even people on the terrorist watch list can legally buy guns thanks to GOP lawmakers.
Meanwhile, Republicans have turned this into an opportunity to bash Muslims, and Donald Trump tweeted a thanks to the people who congratulated him “for being right on radical Islamic terrorism.”
“I don’t know who has been congratulating Donald Trump,” Meyers said, “but you may want to redirect your congratulations to the first responders or those waiting in line to give blood. They’re the ones who deserve congrats and they’re not asking for it. I have a feeling Donald Trump’s not giving blood and if he did no one would want it because it probably looks like ectoplasm.”