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Seth Meyers: Oregon shooting & gun control discussed on Late Night

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Tackling the “hopelessness” of the gun-control debate in American politics, Seth Meyers dinged Republican presidential candidate hopefuls Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, and Donald Trump for their response to the mass shooting at an Oregon community college last week.

“All the data shows that the more guns you have, the more gun deaths you have,” Meyers said on Monday’s episode of The Late Show. He then showed a chart on the relationship between the rates of gun deaths and gun ownership among developed nations. “We’re so far away from every other country, we’re running out of chart.”

The segment also touched on Bush’s remarks in the immediate aftermath of the Roseburg, Oregon shooting, which left nine people dead. The former Florida governor was asked about gun control in the wake of the shooting, and responded, “I had this challenge as governor. Look, stuff happens, there’s always a crisis. And the impulse is always to do something, and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.”

“To be clear, he wasn’t callously shrugging off the shooting, he was saying that when tragedies like this occur, it’s important to not do anything,” Meyers joked.

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Meyers isn’t the only late-night host to discuss the Oregon shooting; last week, Stephen Colbert touched on the murders during an episode of The Late Show, as did new Daily Show host Trevor Noah. Watch Meyers’ segment below.