Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Colbert and Corden express their grief and outrage over school shooting in Texas

I concluded Seth Meyers takes closer looks at guns by suggesting I do the same for other shows.
Meyers isn't the only late-night talk show host with blistering monologues on guns and guests favoring gun control. Both Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel did as well. Maybe I will post them, too. Stay tuned.
I begin today's follow-up with Entertainment Tonight's Texas School Shooting: Stephen Colbert and James Corden Near Tears.

Stephen Colbert and James Corden address the tragic Texas school shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 19 students and two adults.
While that's pretty much all parts of Stephen Colbert's monologue about the shooting, it's only part of James Corden's Message After the Texas School Shooting, so I'm sharing it in its entirety.

After at least 20 people were shot and killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, James shares his sense of heartbreak about the day's events and frustration about the way nothing ever seems to change when it comes to America's rampant gun violence.
I found that just as moving as James's speech in James Corden, Global News, and Kamala Harris on CNN update gun control for the eighth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News three years ago.

I'm returning to Stephen for the rest of the post, beginning with his first guest the day of the show, who said "We Will Buy Them Back And We Will Destroy Them" - PM Jacinda Ardern On Gun Control In New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern outlines what her country's government did to enact sensible gun control after a terrible mass shooting in Christchurch.
Prime Minister Ardern also talked about what her country did to reduce the effects of the pandemic, something I haven't written about before. In fact, I've never mentioned New Zealand's Prime Minister before. Welcome to the blog, Prime Minister!*

Follow over the jump for two of Stephen's monologues about guns and another guest who discussed the topic.

The next night, Stephen's monologue was A Simple, If Extremely Difficult Solution: Reduce The Number Of Guns.

If you're heartbroken and frustrated after yesterday's mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, you're not alone. There are things Congress can do right now, Congress just refuses to do them.
Well said, Stephen. If I hadn't found the Entertainment Tonight video, I'd have led off with this one.

Stephen's guest that night said "We've Got It Upside Down" - Admiral James Stavridis On America's Permissive Gun Laws.

The former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO joins Stephen for a fascinating discussion about NATO, the relationship between Russia and China, and how the rest of the world puzzles over America's chronic gun violence problem. Check out the new book by Admiral James Stavridis, "To Risk It All," available everywhere now.
Americans can buy guns at 18, but can't drink until they're 21. As someone who remembers when the drinking age was 18 or 19, that is upside down.

I close with Senate Skips Town Without Taking Action | 100+ GOP Midterm Ads Feature Guns.

Senators McConnell and Schumer opted not to consider any gun violence solutions before letting the Senate leave for a two week break, and Republicans who are concerned with violence on TV need look no further than their own campaign ads.
While Senator Chuck Schumer supports science, I guess he isn't a big fan of striking while the iron is hot on gun control. On the other hand, the person really at fault is Mitch McConnell, who prides himself on being the Grim Reaper for progressive legislation. As I wrote three years ago, "Ugh. It's enough to drive one to drink."

That's it for May's blogging. Stay tuned for the first post of June 2022, which will probably feature Jimmy Kimmel's reactions to last week's tragedy.

*Right now, the number one New Zealander on my blog is Courtney Coulston. She's in four posts, so Prime Minister Arden has a ways to go to pass her.

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