Stephen Colbert on Oregon Shooting: ‘I Can’t Pretend to Know What to Do’

Stephen Colbert took a moment to address Thursday’s Umpqua Community College shooting on the “Late Show” Friday night, expressing both his sadness about the situation and his frustration that gun control laws have not yet changed.

“I want to talk about pretending. That is something that I know a little bit about,” he said, lightheartedly referring to the ultra-conservative persona he donned for “The Colbert Report.”

“In the face of the killings in Oregon yesterday, I honestly don’t know what to do or say, other than that our hearts are broken for the people struck by this senseless tragedy,” Colbert said. “I can’t pretend that it didn’t happen. I also can’t pretend to know what to do to prevent what happened yesterday.”

He went on: “I think pretending is part of the problem. These things happen over and over again, and we are naturally horrified and shocked when we hear about them. But then we change nothing, and we pretend that it won’t happen again,” Colbert said.

Colbert ended his remarks with a biting comment: “One of the definitions of insanity is changing nothing, and then pretending that something will change.”

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.

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