James Corden Airs Supercut Of All His Mass Shooting Tributes, And It's Heartbreaking
James Corden played a supercut of each time he had to stop his show to address a recent mass shooting
In light of the tragic shootings in both El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio this weekend, late night host James Corden opened his show by playing a supercut of every time he had to start The Late Late Show with an announcement about a mass shooting. The tragic and heartbreaking reel served as a stark visual reminder of just how bad this epidemic of violence has become — and the fact that as years go by, it’s not getting any better.
“Since we started this show, almost four-and-a-half years ago, there have been 1,601 mass shootings, 1,820 deaths, and 6,890 people wounded in those incidents in America,” Corden stated in his Monday, August 5 address.
And those are just the shootings that happened since Corden moved to America to launch his talk show. The supercut starts with the mass shooting at a community college near Roseburg, Oregon in 2015 that left nine individuals dead. Since the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, there have been 2,178 mass shootings in America.
“Until we really confront this issue and have politicians with the moral courage to face the gun epidemic, the only thing that’s going to change is the location of the next mass shooting and the number of casualties,” Corden added. “Tonight in Ohio and Texas, there are children going to bed without their parents, parents going to bed without their children. I am heartbroken by the very thought of everyone who never got to say goodbye to their loved ones simply because they went back to school shopping at a Walmart or had a drink with a friend at a bar.”
Corden, and all the late night hosts, have adressed the recent shootings in a sensitive and empathetic manner, but more importantly, they continue to hold the current administration accountable, constantly reminding their viewers that our elected leaders are consistently failing us when it comes to gun reform.
“This is a moment that demands moral clarity and urgency from our political leaders,” Seth Meyers stated on his show last night.
“This was a horrific weekend of tragedy and heartbreak that no one should ever have to bear,” Meyers said. “All decent people everywhere should set themselves to the task of stopping this and expressing solidarity with and support for the oppressed, marginalized communities targeted by this hatred and violence, and as for our political leaders, the ones who are supposed to be protecting us, all we say is, they need to get their shit together.”
Jimmy Kimmel blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for refusing to allow the Senate to vote on a bipartisan bill that would require background checks, despite the fact that 97% of Americans across the aisle support stricter background checks for gun buyers and Stephen Colbert blasted the ludicrous argument that mass shootings are linked to playing violent video games.
“Every country has video games but these tragedies only happen here,” Colbert stated.
We commend these late night hosts for using their influence to — hopefully — push the barometer towards political change.
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