Late night TV hosts de­cry Las Ve­gas killings, gun laws

Sherbrooke Record - - TALK - By Lynn El­ber THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Late-night comics de­cried the Las Ve­gas mass shooting as a con­found­ing and repet­i­tive Amer­i­can tragedy, with Jimmy Kim­mel and Trevor Noah lash­ing out at politi­cians who op­pose gun con­trol.

“I don’t know why our so-called lead­ers con­tinue to al­low this to hap­pen,” Kim­mel said on his ABC show Mon­day, the day af­ter the worst shooting in mod­ern U.S. his­tory claimed at least 59 lives.

“Or maybe a bet­ter ques­tion — why do we con­tinue to let them al­low it to hap­pen?” said an emo­tional Kim­mel, who noted that Las Ve­gas was his home­town.

He slammed Repub­li­can con­gres­sional lead­ers Mitch Mccon­nell and Paul Ryan, say­ing it was good they sent prayers to Las Ve­gas but “they should be pray­ing to God to for­give them for let­ting the gun lobby run this coun­try.”

Kim­mel’s show ended on a dif­fer­ent tone: Luke Combs, who’d per­formed at the Las Ve­gas coun­try mu­sic con­cert that night of the at­tack, sang “Used to You” to hon­our the shooting vic­tims.

On Com­edy Cen­tral, the South African-born Noah said he was dis­mayed by how many mass shoot­ings he’s seen in just two years in Amer­ica and mocked cur­rent GOP leg­is­la­tion aimed at loos­en­ing gun rules.

“Just to give you an idea of how far away Amer­ica is from ac­tual gun con­trol, this week Congress is go­ing to vote on dereg­u­lat­ing gun si­lencers. Be­cause I guess Congress is think­ing gun vi­o­lence is out of con­trol: ‘How can we make it qui­eter?”’ Noah said.

“To the peo­ple of Las Ve­gas, I can­not give you thoughts and prayers. I can only say I’m sorry that we live in a world where peo­ple would put a gun be­fore your lives,” he said.

CBS’ James Cor­den, a na­tive of Eng­land, is­sued his own po­lite call for gun con­trol.

“For­give me, be­cause I’m just a for­eigner here and some of you may feel I have no place to say this, but how does ev­ery other de­vel­oped coun­try do a bet­ter job at pre­vent­ing th­ese at­tacks?” he asked.

Stephen Col­bert, who reg­u­larly tar­gets Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, took a dif­fer­ent ap­proach Mon­day.

Agree­ing with Trump’s la­bel­ing of the Las Ve­gas shooting as an act of “pure evil,” Col­bert added, “So then, what are we will­ing to do to com­bat pure evil? The an­swer can’t be noth­ing.”

The CBS host chal­lenged Trump to go his own way on gun con­trol with­out heed­ing his po­lit­i­cal party’s stance.

“You want to make Amer­ica great again? Do some­thing the last two pres­i­dents haven’t been able to do. Pass any kind of com­mon-sense gun con­trol leg­is­la­tion, that the vast ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans want,” Col­bert said.

On TBS, Co­nan O’brien said that when he started in late-night more than two decades ago it was “prac­ti­cally un­heard of” for hosts to need to ad­dress a mass shooting. But things have changed, he said, a point that was driven home when his head writer pre­sented O’brien’s pre­vi­ous re­marks on other re­cent mass shoot­ings to con­sider for Mon­day’s re­marks on Las Ve­gas.

“When did this be­come a rit­ual? And what does it say about us that it has?” O’brien said.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing that he’s “not the most po­lit­i­cal of our comics,” O’brien said he felt com­pelled to re­peat what he said about the 2016 night­club shooting in Or­lando, Florida, in which 49 vic­tims died.

“I don’t think it should be so easy for one de­mented per­son to kill so many peo­ple so quickly. The sounds of those au­to­matic weapons last night are grotesquely out of place in a civ­i­lized society,” he said.

NBC’S Jimmy Fal­lon told view­ers that in the face “of tragedies and acts of ter­ror, we need to re­mem­ber that good still ex­ists in this world. We’re here to en­ter­tain you tonight.” He then in­tro­duced Mi­ley Cyrus and Adam San­dler, who per­formed Dido’s “No Free­dom” in hon­our of the shooting vic­tims.

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