Addressing Sunday’s mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, “There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is a time to unite as a country.”
Trevor Noah, however, thinks that now is the perfect time to get into a debate about gun control, addressing viewers on Monday’s edition of “The Daily Show” to explain how Americans are starting to become accustomed to horrific gun violence because it happens so often, noting that he’s seen 20 mass shootings take place during the two years he’s lived in the U.S.
“I almost know how it’s going to play out,” Noah said in a clip released by Comedy Central on Twitter (below). “We’re shocked, we’re sad, thoughts and prayers, and then almost on cue, people are going to come out saying ‘Whatever you do when speaking about the shootings, don’t talk about guns.’”
Answering Sanders’ claim that “now is not the time” to discuss gun control, Noah countered by asking: “When is the time? And also, if you say after a mass shooting is ‘never the time’, you’ll never have the conversation in America, because there’s a mass shooting almost every single day. So when is the time?”
As he explained, “When a plane crashes, we talk about plane safety immediately. When a bridge collapses, we talk about infrastructure immediately. We seem to do everything to avoid talking about guns.”
Noah concluded by addressing the citizens of Las Vegas, admitting that he couldn’t send them “thoughts and prayers,” adding: “I can only say that I’m sorry. I’m sorry that we live in a world where there are people who will put a gun before your lives.” Watch: