"Of course the person who did this was mentally ill -- that is the issue," Meyers says Monday night. "It is too easy for mentally ill people to get their hands on dangerous weapons."
Late-night comedians put the jokes on pause Monday night to address the recent Texas church shooting.
A man named Devin Kelley opened fire inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, killing 26 people and leaving 20 more injured, which, as Stephen Colbert pointed out, took place only 35 days after the Las Vegas shooting. James Corden added that Sunday's massacre has become the biggest mass shooting in a place of worship in U.S. history.
Seth Meyers took the opportunity to slam both President Donald Trump and Congress for their "transparent covering for the NRA" and asked POTUS to simply keep his mouth shut next time a tragedy strikes our country.
"Today, President Trump said that the shooting was an issue of 'mental health,' not 'a gun situation,'" the "Late Night" host said after his opening monologue. "Hey, if what happened yesterday wasn't a gun situation then I have to ask: What would be a gun situation? Look, we know you and most of Congress are soaked in NRA money, and you have no intention of doing anything about guns, but we also know you're not gonna do anything about mental health, so when these tragedies happen, could you just not say anything, either?"
"If we're gonna be constantly sickened by mass shootings, could you at least spare us of having to be further sicked by your transparent covering for the NRA and the assault weapons manufacturers?" he continued. "Yes, of course, the person who did this was mentally ill -- that is the issue. It is too easy for mentally ill people to get their hands on dangerous weapons, but if you are in a position to help stop that and you don't do anything, how can you claim your mental health is any better?"
See what Colbert and Corden had to say about the massacre below.
'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'
"I haven't the slightest idea how to adequately address the attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas, yesterday," Colbert began. "People, on a Sunday, going to love and serve the Lord, gunned down by a madman with a semiautomatic weapon and body armor."
"Everyone is heartbroken when this happens, and you want to do something, but nothing gets done," he continued. "No one does anything. And that seems insane. And it can make you feel hopeless. Now, I don't know what to do, but I know that hopelessness is not the answer. You cannot give up in the face of evil."
The "Late Show" host used a hypothetical metaphor of a tiger coming in and attacking a village every day, saying that the people of the village "wouldn't do nothing."
"You would move the village, you would build a fence or you would kill the tiger," he said, adding that "doing nothing is unacceptable, unnatural and inhuman."
"It's a vicious cycle," Colbert continued. "Violence happens, nothing gets done to get rid of the guns, and people buy more guns to protect themselves, and now there are just more guns out on the streets. And, yes, this guy wasn't supposed to be able to buy a gun, but he could because they're on the market -- these semiautomatic rifles."
Colbert also urged people to "go vote in 2018. Vote for someone who will do something because this is an active evil, and the only thing necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing."
'The Late Late Show with James Corden'
"It pains us each time when we sit here and talk about innocent people needlessly slaughtered," the "Late Late Show" host began. "We can't imagine the pain and hurt that those families and community feels today. Our hearts are with all of you."
Corden said he was amazed "that these shootings are so common in America that we now have a ranking system depending on the location of these tragedies. And what can we say? Nothing. Nothing we didn't say 35 days ago when this happened in Las Vegas or the time before that or the time before that. And it was too early to talk gun control after Vegas, and now, the president says it's too early to talk gun control after Sutherland Springs. And once again, though, it's too late for the victims."