Following Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, the “Late Late Show” host James Corden used his opening monologue on Monday to address his perspective: As an immigrant in the US, he was shocked by the frequency of such tragedies.
“Last night was the biggest mass shooting in United States history,” Corden said. “That’s a record that’s been set twice in just the 2 1/2 years that I’ve been living in America.”
Corden argued that easy access to guns in the US set the country apart from other developed nations like his home country, Britain, where mass shootings almost never happen.
“I come from a place where we don’t have shootings at this frequency, so it’s hard for me to fathom,” he said. “But it should be hard for everyone to fathom. 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.”
Corden mentioned a quote he saw by Robert Kennedy that stuck with him: “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. Maybe the time for the thoughts and prayers of Congress members and the president have passed. We need to look to them to actually do something to prevent this from ever happening in the future.”
You can watch Corden’s monologue below: