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Stephen Colbert started off the Late Show with a poignant message regarding the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida. Immediately following his message, Colbert invited his first guest, Bill O’Reilly, out to discuss the divisive topic of gun control in America. The two have had many debates before, and like the majority of those, this one was mostly a civil discussion between two people with drastically different opinions. Although, there were a few moments when both men were fiercely defending their point of view.
The O’Reilly Factor host defended the Second Amendment saying, “The reason we beat these British oppressors is because everybody had a gun, everybody!” While Colbert felt like that was an outdated defense of the Second Amendment, saying, “I just don’t think our situation is comparable to Lexington and Concord.”
Bill and Stephen could have debated the political aspects of gun violence all night, but Colbert wanted to see if he could get to the root of the problem by asking if it was a mental health issue. O’Reilly didn’t believe it was, saying that the man that did this was just plain evil.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35pm on CBS.
Late night TV hosts sound off on Orlando shooting tragedy.