Stephen Colbert took a moment Monday night to reflect on the mass shootings that took place in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and San Bernardino, California, when his show was off air. The Late Show host offered his thoughts and prayers to the victims, before noting that even thoughts and prayers are meaningless, as the Daily News pointed out. “If we really want to fix it, we can’t stop there,” he said. “So what do we do?”
Like many, Colbert didn’t have an answer, but he does know that there’s no clear message or direction being followed. It’s not until a shooting is labeled “an act of terrorism” — as President Obama called San Bernardino in a national address Sunday evening — that it becomes actionable, Colbert said, and even then, the retaliation often goes too far.
“The next thing you know, the NSA is reading your Netflix queue and what would have been our Social Security safety net is being shipped in pallets of $100 dollar bills to Baghdad,” he explained. “But when it’s not a terrorist attack, we do nothing. Why can’t we do anything in between?” Adding that the San Bernardino terrorists managed to accumulate 6,000 rounds of ammunition, Colbert pointedly asked, “Why is it so easy to buy bullets when I have to show three forms of ID to buy Sudafed?”
Watch the clip below: