I have to talk
about Saturday night'sdevastating attack,
and not as a host of a show,but as a human being.
In Orlando, Florida,we saw what had happened,
and I couldn't be more sadand sickened by the events.
And neither couldPresident Obama,
who spoke yesterday to thenation from the White House's
James S. BradyPress Briefing Room
because that's how much
gun violence is a partof American life.
Even the room the presidenttalks about gun violence from
is named for a victimof gun violence.
And so, it was yet another one
of the president'spost mass-shooting addresses.
Today marks the most deadlyshooting in American history.
The shooter was apparently armed
with a handgunand a powerful assault rifle.
This massacre is thereforea further reminder
of how easy it is for someoneto get their hands on a weapon
that lets them shoot peoplein a school,
or in a house of worship,or a movie theater,
or in a nightclub.
And we have to decide
if that's the kind of countrywe want to be.
I wonder if President Obamaever thought to himself
that mass shooting speeches
would be such a big partof his job.
Because you know at this point,he's hosted 12 state dinners,
but he's had to give16 mass shooting addresses.
So right now, the White Houseis using more Kleenex
than it is good napkins.
And the president--he made a powerful point.
America has to decide
if this is the kind of countrythat it wants to be.
And the saddest part is,every time this happens,
it feels likeAmerica has already decided.
This is exactly the kindof country it wants to be.
Because we knowhow this always plays out.
We're shocked, we mourn,
we change our profile pics,and then, we move on.
It's become normal,but I'm sorry.
Maybe because I'm new,
but it's not normal,and it shouldn't be normal.
We shouldn't allow thisto be normal.
It's not a normal thing.
It's like milk from almonds,or sushi from Walgreens.
-It's not normal, people.-(laughter)
What's also not normal is havingthe same thing happen to us
over and over and over againand doing nothing to change it.
That's not normal.
You know when I was a kid,
I never used to tie my shoelaces'cause I was an idiot.
And now, obviously,I'm an adult.
-I'm still an idiot,but I'm an adult. -(laughter)
And so I only wear Velcro, butwhat I would do is a child is,
I would run around,I'd trip on my shoelaces,
I'd fall down, I'd cry,I'd be like,
"Aah, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy,Mommy!"
And my mom would come over,and she'd say to me,
"Get up, Trevor. Get up.Get up. What happened?"
And I'd say, "I fell down.I fell down."
And she'd be like, "Why did youfall? Why did you fall?"
"I fell because I tripped."
And she's like, "Why did youtrip?" (indistinct mumbling)
She goes, "Your shoelaces."
Now I see it's my shoelaces.
And we'd realizeI fell because of the shoelaces.
Now tie themand then move on.
I knew I had to move on, but Ihad to tie the shoelaces first.
I had to change something.
I mean, I could have saidto my mom,
"Mom, why are youbringing shoelaces
-into the conversation?"-(laughter)
"Why are you blamingthe shoelaces
for somethingthe sidewalk did to my knees?"
-(laughter) "Who even saysthere's a connection
"between untied shoelacesand falling anyway?
You're violating my rightto keep my shoelaces untied."
I didn't say that.I didn't say that. You know why?
Because I realized, afterfalling, after falling a lot,
there was a connection betweenmy shoelaces being untied
and getting hurt.
That's whyI didn't say that to my mom.
And that, I also didn't say thatbecause I realized
there was a connectionbetween talking back to my mom
and being unableto sit comfortably for a day.
-(laughter)-But that's besides the point.
The point is, look, this is...
this is a clearlycomplicated incident.
There's elements of terrorism,homophobia, mental health,
but it is glaringly obvious.
America needsto make it a lot harder
for people who shouldn'thave guns to get guns.
And to many of us,it seems crystal clear.
But there are still peoplewho think we're wrong
for even tryingto bring that up.
This is not a gun control issue.
MAN: It is not about the gunsor the means that ISIS uses.
We can have gun debates later.
This is terrorism.
Terrorism needs to be destroyed.
It is Islamic terror.
We've got to stop gettingin the wrong argument,
bring this back to the evilthat is radical Islam.
And to, once again, make thisan issue about gun control.
Look, if you go back to 9/11,they used box cutters.
You know what?This is not something
I've ever said before, butI'm glad you brought up 9/11,
because yes, terroristsdidn't use guns on 9/11.
They used planesto kill thousands of people.
And as soon as we realized
that they could use planesas weapons,
we worked together as a society.
We worked our damnedest
to make it harderfor them to ever do that again.
We locked cabin doors,we expanded the no-fly list.
We even make everyone posefor X-ray nudes now.
What we didn't do was say,
"Oh, this has nothingto do with airplanes.
It has everythingto do with radical Islam."
No, what we did insteadwas regulate air travel
to make it harder forthe terrorists to do the damage.
Even when fighting ISIS itself,we fight the ideology, yes.
We fight to reduce theirresources, but most importantly,
we attack their weapon stores.
Why do we do that?
Because removing their weapons
dramatically decreasestheir ability to hurt us.
Because everybody knows
ISIS without gunsis just basically a blog.
Like... the irony...
(applause and cheering)
The irony of the situation is
that these people saythere's no connection
between America's gun lawsand terrorism.
They say there's no connectionbetween gun laws and terrorism.
But what's crazy is, you knowwho does see a connection?
And just listento this al-Qaeda spokesman
identifying the easy accessto guns in America.
In the West, you've got a lotat your disposal.
Let's take America as an example.
America is absolutely awash
with easily-obtainable fire arms.
You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center,
and come away with a fully-automatic assault rifle
without a background check, and most likely,
without having to show an identification card.
So what are you waiting for?
This guy is selling terrorismlike used cars.
"So what are you waiting for?"
This is what we're saying.
So when people say"This is not about guns,
it's about terrorism,"
no, it's about terrorism, and it's about guns.
Because you realize there weretwo other gun incidents
this weekendthat didn't involve terrorism.
Just two daysbefore this mass shooting,
a 23-year-old singernamed Christina Grimmie
was also gunned down in Orlando.
And the day afterthe nightclub shooting,
some other guygot caught driving
to an L.A. gay pride parade
with a (bleep) of gunsin his car.
This was not relatedto terrorism.
We don't know whyhe had all of those guns.
I mean, maybe he was just mad
that everyone kept asking himif he was Elijah Wood.
-(laughter)-We don't know what it was.
The point is...the point is,
just becausethere's a problem with terrorism
doesn't mean there isn't alsoa problem with access to guns.
And I understandthat Americans love guns.
But this love comes at a cost.
So far this year alone,this year alone,
23 people in America have beenshot by toddlers.
You realize we haven't evenreached the summer.
Right? You realize,23 people thus far.
Thus far, 23 people have beenshot by toddlers.
We haven't even reachedthe summer.
Summer toddlers are the worst.
-Summer toddlers don't givea (bleep). -(laughter)
It's hot, preschool's out--you know (bleep) gonna go down.
And the truth is, I know wherethis argument always ends up.
It's always gonna bethe same thing.
The Second Amendment.The Second Amendment.
"The right of the peopleto keep and bear arms,
shall not be infringed."
But as much as the NRA want youto believe it's an absolute,
it's not, and it never has been.
Because America does regulate guns.
For example,the Orlando shooter,
he couldn't get a machine gun.
And it's not because he hadn'tunlocked it yet on Call of Duty.
It's because Americabanned those in the 1980s,
because it was obviousthat they made it too easy
for one person to killmultiple human beings.
And time after time we've seenthat assault... assault weapons
have the same fatal capability.
I think... America,it's clear here.
America needsto ask itself the question:
Do you want to be a countrythat takes reasonable measures
to protect its citizens,
or...should we tell the president
to prepare speech number 17?