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The Neverending Gun Show
After the nation’s newest mass shootings, in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio, late-night hosts on Monday excoriated Congress for inaction on gun management, devoting important parts of their monologues to the problem. They discovered methods to inject humor into the topic, although — thanks largely to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has blocked laws that will require background checks for gun consumers.
In his speech concerning the shootings on Monday, President Trump suggested that violent video games were partly to blame.
“If video games were so influential, they should make one about Congress called ‘[Expletive] Do Something.’” — SETH MEYERS
“On the surface, that sounds like a pretty good argument. America has always had guns, America has always had evil, but mass shootings have only taken off over the past, what, 20 years? And what has been new in the past 20 years? Violent video games. Although, by that logic, anything that’s been invented in the last 20 years could have contributed to mass shootings, like Crocs were invented over the last 20 years, and I know they inspire anger in me.” — TREVOR NOAH
“I know it’s crazy to take Trump’s words seriously, but some people do. In fact, as we’ve learned, the mass shooter in El Paso left behind a manifesto that included the same phrases Trump uses every day — ‘fake news,’ ‘immigrant invasions.’ In fact, the only reason you know it wasn’t written by Trump is because the grammar was correct.” — TREVOR NOAH
Trump’s speech also included a call to condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.
“I try my best every night, but you’re still in office.” — STEPHEN COLBERT
“This weekend’s tragedy garnered so much attention that President Trump couldn’t respond with his usual sad tweet. Instead, he had to come out and give a formal address to the nation this morning where he condemned white supremacy and domestic terrorism. Unfortunately, he offered condolences to the people of Toledo, which is not one of the cities that had a mass shooting. So that was basically the mass shooting equivalent of saying the wrong person’s name in bed.” — TREVOR NOAH
“And by the way, the word ‘Toledo’ wasn’t even in the teleprompter. Somebody got this shot: It clearly says Texas and Ohio. Nice work, Don Burgundy. You’re doing great.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
“Wrong city, but don’t worry, sir. It’s not like Ohio’s that important in presidential elections.” — STEPHEN COLBERT
The Bits Worth Watching
In his “Selfie Interview” segment, David Spade asked Tina Fey who would play her in a movie, and what popular film she’d never seen.
What We’re Excited About on Tuesday Night
The Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson will chat with Trevor Noah on “The Daily Show.”
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