On his first show after the Orlando shooting, comedian Stephen Colbert called on Congress to respond with gun control legislation. But that Monday night, four gun control measures failed to pass in the Senate, and Colbert was not happy.
On CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday, the host ripped the Senate for failing to act in the wake of the Orlando tragedy, accusing Congress of ignoring the will of the people and bending to demands from the National Rifle Association.
“We all have jobs to do ... After the attacks in Orlando, I thought maybe the government might do their job and pass any kind of law — even a fig leaf to justify their existence,” Colbert said. "Well, for thinking that, I owe myself an apology"
A clearly frustrated Colbert blasted the Senate for failing to pass even minor gun control measures — such as preventing those on the FBI's terrorist watch list from buying an assault rifle or expanding background checks for gun purchases, a measure that has overwhelming bipartisan support from the public.
“I don’t understand you, senators! Ninety-two percent of Americans want to expand background checks for gun buyers, and you ignore them! Since when does just 8 percent of the population get to have total control of an issue?” Colbert asked. "That's like taking your entire family on a cross-country road trip and letting Grandma pick all of the music."
Colbert decided to "take the gloves off," ringing a boxing bell before tearing into the Senate with some biting one-liners about Congress’ inaction and the influence of the NRA on elected officials.
"Hey! You might as well ask the gun lobby to check for a hernia as long as they’ve got your balls in their hands," Colbert joked.
Following a 15-hour filibuster Monday from Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., to bring a vote to the floor, the U.S. Senate still rejected four gun control measures that would have expanded background checks on gun buyers and curbed gun sales to people on terrorism watch lists.
President Obama chastised Congress for not passing a single measure.
"Gun violence requires more than moments of silence. It requires action," Obama wrote on Twitter. "In failing that test, the Senate failed the American people."