Stephen Colbert made a short departure Monday night from his routine of lampooning Republican stupidity, to ask the question that the NRA never has an answer to in the wake of yet another mass shooting in America: “So what do we do?”
Colbert said that while it is ok to keep people in your thoughts and prayers, we need to do more than just pray. This is where he changed his focus, not to assault rifles — but to bullets.
Colbert made a great point about one aspect of gun violence we do not normally focus on in the wake of a mass shooting. It’s hard to have a “mass shooting” without having “mass bullets.”
There has to be some way to make it harder to build up an arsenal; the San Bernardino shooters had 6,000 rounds of ammunition. Why’s it so easy to buy bullets when I have to show three forms of ID to buy Sudafed?
Of course, he does not mean that we should only focus on bullets while not addressing the availability of high capacity military style weaponry. However, the point is the same one anti-mass shooting advocates have been making for years about high capacity magazines; a person without insane amounts of guns and ammo is far less likely to succeed at a mass shooting.
Republican sentiment has been the complete opposite. They want you to believe that the only way to prevent gun violence is if people have more guns. They also think if “bad guys” know “good guys” are armed they will be afraid to attack in the first place. Republicans want you to believe that terrorists, who are are completely ready to commit suicide bombings, will be afraid of possibly getting shot by some random civilian. Do they ever listen to themselves?
Watch the full clip of Colbert’s comments below: