Stephen Colbert's response to Sutherland Springs mass shooting: 'Go vote in 2018'

On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the host addressed the recent mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26 people were killed and 20 others wounded at a Baptist Church. The shooting took place only 35 days after Las Vegas, the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“Nothing gets done about what happened in Las Vegas,” said Colbert. “They can’t even pass a restriction on gun stocks, those bump stocks that turn a semi-automatic weapon into an almost fully automatic weapon; that died — nobody’s talking about that.”

Colbert lamented the lack of action to change what is becoming a common occurrence in the United States and how unnatural it is that nothing has been done. Colbert had an analogy, saying “If your village had a tiger coming into it every day and was eating people, you wouldn’t do nothing. You would move the village, build a fence, or kill the tiger. You wouldn’t say, Well, I guess, you know, someone’s going to get eaten every day because the price of liberty is tigers.”

As big of a problem as this has become, ultimately Colbert had a message of hope. “I know hopelessness is not the answer,” he said. “You cannot give up in the face of evil.”

In the end, Colbert remained optimistic, giving his audience one way to enact change. “There’s one power you must never forget, and that is you can go vote in 2018. Vote for someone who will do something,” he said.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS. 

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