Three late-night hosts talked Monday about the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26 people were killed inside a local church.
Stephen Colbert and James Corden focused on the shooting in their monologues, and Trevor Noah also addressed it.
Stephen Colbert on Texas shooting
“Doing nothing is unacceptable,” said Colbert. “It’s unnatural, it’s inhuman, it goes against our nature.”
Colbert said viewers should not “feel hopeless.” “This hopelessness . . . is not something we can give in to,” he said.
He told people to head to the polls — in 2018.
“Vote for someone who will do something. . . . This is an act of evil,” said Colbert. “The only thing necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.”
James Corden on Texas shooting
Corden was measured with his remarks.
“It pains us each time when we sit here and talk about innocent people needlessly slaughtered,” he said.
He said his thoughts were with the victims’ families. “My prayers are for this country’s leaders to do something about it,” he said.
Trevor Noah interviews Senator Jeff Flake
On “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah touched on the shooting during an interview with Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona.
Flake said he backed a proposed ban on “bump stocks,” adding: “I think something will be done.”
“You shouldn’t be able to make a semiautomatic weapon an automatic weapon for all intents and purposes,” Flake said.
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Jimmy Kimmel, who came out with an impassioned plea for gun control after the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, did not discuss Sunday’s killings in his monologue.Sean Smyth can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.