If it seemed like Stephen Colbert’s interviews with George Clooney and Jeb Bush were edited down for time, that’s because they were: the debut episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was taped over two hours, but had to be truncated for broadcast. Which left a lot of good material on the cutting-room floor, including this segment of Bush discussing gun control laws.
“In Florida, where I was governor, we have a requirement of background checks — a 72-hour waiting period. We’re not violating any Second Amendment rights. In fact, Florida would be considered a Second Amendment, pro-gun state,” Bush said while fielding an audience question on the topic. “Gun violence is way down, but we have simple checks to make sure people who aren’t criminals are not accessing guns. I think the next step is to figure out ways to know if people have mental-health issues, which is really the common demoninator of a lot of these violent, tragic cases.”
Asked by Colbert how Bush would handle the NRA being against mental-health checks, the Republican presidential candidate said he would allow states to decide how to proceed. “Why would you want to propose national gun laws on top of every circumstance in this country?” Bush asked.
Despite the weighty subject matter, the bonus segment was not devoid of laughs. After the gun control discussion, Colbert helped Bush prepare for the next debate, and got the former Florida governor to make a Lil Jon reference in the process.
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