If now isn't the time to talk about gun control, then when is? That was the question posed by both Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, as both late-night hosts called out critics who want to delay tightening gun laws.
"I do want to say something to these nuts who spent most of the day today on television and online attacking those of us who think we need to do something about the fact that 59 innocent people were killed," he said. "They say it's inappropriate to be talking about it because it's too soon. Maybe it's too soon for you because deep down inside you know you bear some responsibility for the fact that almost anyone can get any weapon they want and now you want to cover yourselves until the storm of outrage passes and you can go back to your dirty business as usual."
"It's not too soon for us, because we're Americans, and last time I checked, the First Amendment is at least as important as the Second Amendment, so we will talk about it, and shame on you for suggesting we do otherwise," he added.
Over on "The Late Show," Colbert talked about his "beef" with comments White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made when asked about tighter gun laws during a press conference on Monday. "There's a time and place for that debate ... but today is not that day," she said.
Those words sounded familiar to the host, who then played a clip montage of talking heads saying the exact same thing following shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Orlando and more.
"They always say that a gun tragedy is never the right time to talk about stopping the next gun tragedy," Colbert said. "It's like your alcoholic uncle wrapping his car around a tree and getting out, saying, 'Today's not the day to talk about my drinking, okay? I'm still drunk right now. Here's to the tree, what were we talking about, who wants to go for a drive?'"
He also addressed the Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, or SHARE Act, which would ease restrictions on silencers. "Because that's the problem with gun violence, it's the noise," joked Colbert.
"That sounds like a Viagra ad, though if these guys could just take Viagra they wouldn't need so many guns in the first place," he added.