Stephen Colbert Lauds Students Pushing For Gun Control After Parkland Florida Shooting
Television host Stephen Colbert commends the students for making a solid stand in pushing for a gun law by organizing the March for Our Lives rally.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert returned this week with a heavy heart after the world witnessed the claiming of lives of 17 students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The 53-year-old host initially launched his tirades against government officials, specifically Sen. Marco Rubio, who seemingly hinted that gun laws do not guarantee safety.
"If someone has decided, 'I'm going to commit this crime,' they will find a way to get the gun to do it," the senator said in a clip played during the show.
Clearly, Colbert found this far from amusing and lashed out against the official. He questioned the role of the senator in the government and even quipped that a houseplant would be a better replacement for Rubio.
While Colbert did not mince his words with the senator, he changed into a more serious note when he lauded the students that are putting all the efforts for the March for Our Lives rally to be held on March 24. The demonstration is to encourage enforcement of stricter gun control.
Colbert seemed angry for the innocent lives lost and underlined that it is indeed children that had taken the brunt of the lack of control. The audience gave a round of applause when the host mentioned the students of the Parkland, Florida, high school.
He stressed that the kids had the balls to bid for what's necessary, which was sadly prompted by the mass shooting, something that lawmakers did not have. Colbert shifted his attention to the hope brought by the children and even suggested that the voting age be lowered.
"There is one group that does give me hope that we can do something to protect the children, and sadly, it's the children," Colbert announced.
Colbert further highlighted his admiration for the children who took the initiative to march to lawmakers for a weapons ban. This effort, he said, could pave the way for many changes, citing the #MeToo movement that had ignited a fire that had since been burning. With this, he encouraged citizens to make an important decision in the upcoming elections.
Meanwhile, several celebrities also expressed their support for the upcoming march. Philanthropist husband and wife George and Amal Clooney already announced on Tuesday that they will be donating $500,000 for the organization of the rally and added that they will join the demonstration as a sign of solidarity.