It’s now all too common for late night hosts to take a somber moment after a school shooting to send their thoughts and call for change, but as John Oliver pointed out on Sunday, the aftermath of the Parkland shooting feels different. This time, the surviving students are rising up and letting their voices be heard.
On Tuesday’s late night shows, Colbert, Noah, Corden, and Klepper returned from hiatus to discuss the aftermath of the shooting and praise the students who are calling for change.
“The adults aren’t cutting it anymore,” said Stephen Colbert on the Late Show. “I think we need to change the voting age. Until we do something about guns, you can’t vote if you’re over 18.”
“I hope these kids don’t give up, because this is their lives and their future. Someone else may be in power, but this country belongs to them. And there is reason for hope: Look at the #MeToo movement. A lot of men in power did not see that coming, but it proved that change can happen overnight. And this is an election year — so if you want to see change, you have to go to the polls and tell the people who will not protect you that their time is up.”
On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah turned to Fox News to demonstrate the terrible ideas the right has for controlling school shooters, including arming teachers. Noah countered with some terrible ideas of his own.
“The problem is school shootings, right? So let’s just get rid of the schools,” Noah joked. “Stick with me, people. You can’t school-shoot without a school! Everyone gets home-schooled — that way, no one can shoot their friends. Because home-schooled kids don’t have any friends. Problem solved!”
“We’ve done this too many times,” said James Corden.
“Although these types of mass shootings have become normal in this country, they’re not normal at all for the rest of the planet,” Corden said, before listing countries with strict gun laws who have all but solved the problem of mass shootings.
Jordan Klepper took to The Opposition to give his usual parody of the GOP’s argument.
“We’ve seen this before. It’s when the Second Amendment is most under attack. An incident like this takes place, the libs say they want some common sense gun reform, but we all know they want to break into my bunker, steal all my bang bang toys, and smelt them down into Obamacare!”