President Donald Trump’s administration believes that now is not the right time to talk about gun control in the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Asked on Monday about renewed pleas from lawmakers for stricter gun control measures, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was “premature” to talk about potential legislation before all the facts about the Las Vegas mass shooting are known.
“There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country,” Sanders said, noting “there will be certainly time for that policy discussion to take place, but that’s not the place that we’re in at this moment.”
While the White House advocates for shelving any policy debate on guns, candidate Trump had no qualms with campaigning on his Muslim ban, citing the need for toughness in the face of terrorism after the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida in June 2016.
On Monday night, The Late Late Show host James Corden addressed the Las Vegas massacre with a call for a substantive gun control debate.
“Last night was the biggest mass shooting in United States history,” Cordon stated. “That’s a record that’s been set twice since the two-and-a-half years that I’ve been living in America.”
Cordon noted that 11,660 people have been killed by gun violence in the past 275 days in this country.
“Now I come from a place where we don’t have shootings at this frequency so it’s hard for me to fathom, but it should be hard for everyone to fathom,” Corden continued. “Gun violence should not be a staple of American life. Some say it’s too early to talk about gun control. For those victims last night, it’s far too late.”
He went on to refute claims that there’s “no way” to stop these lone wolf attacks from happening.
“Forgive me, as I’m just a foreigner here and some of you may feel I have no place to say this, but how does every other developed country do a better job of preventing these attacks?” Corden asked. “We can’t be surprised that gun crime will always occur when there is such wide availability of guns.”
Corden then quoted Robert Kennedy when he said, “Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.”
“Now is the time for gaining that wisdom,” Corden said. “Somewhere, it has to stop.”