Stephen Colbert explains how the gun lobby makes us feel ‘powerless’

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Another mass shooting in America, another night of messages from late night hosts who just want to be able to tell jokes about the president but frequently have to address the alarming rate of gun violence in this country.

On Monday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert reacted to the shooting in Texas by criticizing those who make us feel “powerless” to change.

“The world is a harrowing place and sometimes you just don’t know what to say about it,” Colbert said. “For instance, I haven’t the slightest idea how to adequately address the attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas, yesterday.”

“We are 35 days away from the largest mass killing in American history in Las Vegas,” Colbert reminded his audience. “We still don’t know why that happened if we will ever know why that happened, or if anyone can ever explain why any of this happens.”

“This hopelessness, this powerlessness you feel when nothing gets done is something you can’t give into, because I think there are some truly evil people out there who want you to feel powerless, just for a buck,” the host remarked.

“Because if you feel powerless enough, you know what might make you feel more powerful? Going to buy a gun.”

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Caleb is a writer, scholar of satire, and creator of The Lanx. He earned a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, and M.A. in Literature from Queen Mary University of London, where he focused on satire, satirical propaganda, rhetoric of satire, political cartoons and caricature.

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