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  • NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OUR SHOW WAS OFF THE

  • AIR LAST WEEK, SO THIS IS OUR FIRST SHOW BACK SINCE THE TRAGIC

  • SCHOOL SHOOTING IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA.

  • WE WANT TO SEND OUR LOVE TO THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS, TO

  • THE VICTIMS WHO ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM THEIR PHYSICAL

  • INJURIES, TO THE INCREDIBLE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO WERE

  • INVOLVED AND, OF COURSE, TO THOSE STUDENTS WHO SURVIVED BUT

  • WHO WILL DEAL WITH THE AFTERMATH OF THIS FOR THE REST OF THEIR

  • LIVES.

  • WHEN I CAME TO AMERICA THREE YEARS AGO TO TAKE THIS JOB, I

  • COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED THAT, AS A LATE NIGHT HOST, I WOULD BE

  • TALKING ABOUT MASS SHOOTINGS, LET ALONE SO MANY OF THEM.

  • AFTER I SPOKE OUT ABOUT THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING, SOME SAID

  • THAT I SHOULDN'T BE TALKING ABOUT IT.

  • ITS NOT MY PLACE, I'M NOT FROM THIS COUNTRY, I DON'T UNDERSTAND

  • THE HISTORY.

  • AND MAYBE THEY ARE RIGHT.

  • I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL,

  • BASEBALL, AND I JUST ONLY LEARNED HOW THIS COUNTRY

  • PRONOUNCES THE WORD "OREGANO."

  • IT'S CLEARLY "OREGANO."

  • I MAY NOT BE AMERICAN, BUT I HAVE EXPERIENCE OF WHAT HAPPENED

  • IN MY COUNTRY WHEN A MASS SHOOTING HAPPENED.

  • I ALSO HAVE CHILDREN WHO ARE AMERICAN AND WHO GO TO SCHOOL

  • HERE.

  • AND, LIKE ANY PARENT, I WANT MY KIDS TO BE SAFE.

  • HERE IN CALIFORNIA, KIDS EXPERIENCE TWO THINGS THAT I

  • NEVER EXPERIENCED GROWING UP; ONE IS A DRILL FOR WHAT TO DO IN

  • THE EVENT OF AN EARTHQUAKE.

  • AN EARTHQUAKE, AN UNAVOIDABLE PHENOMENON OF NATURE.

  • AND THE OTHER IS A DRILL ON WHAT TO DO IF A PERSON ENTERS THE

  • SCHOOL WITH A GUN, WHICH, IN MY OPINION, IS NOT AN UNAVOIDABLE

  • PHENOMENON OF NATURE, AND YET, SADLY, IS WAY MORE COMMONPLACE

  • IN AMERICA THAN MAJOR EARTHQUAKES.

  • I SAW THIS CHART FROM THE "NEW YORK TIMES" WHICH MANY OF YOU

  • WILL HAVE SEEN THAT SHOWS EVERY LARGE COUNTRY THAT HAS

  • EXPERIENCED A MASS SHOOTING.

  • AS YOU CAN SEE THE LEFT-SIDE REPRESENTS THE NUMBER OF MASS

  • SHOOTERS AND THE BOTTOM SHOWS THE AMOUNT OF GUNS IN A COUNTRY.

  • NOW WHERE IS AMERICA ON THIS CHART?

  • THERE'S AMERICA.

  • SO ALTHOUGH THESE TYPES OF MASS SHOOTINGS HAVE BECOME NORMAL IN

  • THIS COUNTRY, THEY'RE NOT NORMAL AT ALL FOR THE REST OF THE

  • PLANET.

  • ITS PRETTY CLEAR FROM THE GRAPH MORE GUNS LEAD TO MORE MASS

  • SHOOTINGS.

  • AND I KNOW THIS FIRST HAND BECAUSE I'M FROM BRITAIN WHERE

  • IN 1996, THERE WAS A PRIMARY SCHOOL SHOOTING WHERE 16

  • CHILDREN AND ONE TEACHER WERE SHOT AND KILLED.

  • AFTERWARDS, LAWMAKERS PASSED RESTRICTIVE HANDGUN LAWS IN THE

  • U.K., AND THERE HASN'T BEEN A SCHOOL SHOOTING SINCE.

  • 22 YEARS AGO.

  • IN 1996, A MAN IN AUSTRALIA KILLED THIRTY-FOUR PEOPLE IN

  • PORT ARTHUR, TASMANIA.

  • IN RESPONSE, THE COUNTRY PASSED THE NATIONAL FIREARMS AGREEMENT,

  • AND THERE HASN'T BEEN A MASS SHOOTING IN AUSTRALIA SINCE.

  • LET'S LOOK AT JAPAN.

  • ACCORDING TO "BUSINESS INSIDER," PEOPLE IN JAPAN CAN OWN A GUN IF

  • THEY DO THE FOLLOWING; ATTEND AN ALL-DAY CLASS, PASS A

  • WRITTEN TEST, ACHIEVE AT LEAST 95% ACCURACY ON A SHOOTING-RANGE

  • TEST, PASS A MENTAL-HEALTH EVALUATION, AND PASS A RIGOROUS

  • BACKGROUND CHECK INCLUDING INTERVIEWS OF YOUR FRIENDS AND

  • FAMILY.

  • AND THEN THEY CAN ONLY BUY SHOTGUNS AND AIR RIFLES.

  • THEY CANNOT BUY HANDGUNS.

  • AND EVERY THREE YEARS, THEY MUST RETAKE THE CLASS AND INITIAL

  • EXAM.

  • AS A RESULT, JAPAN HAS VIRTUALLY NO GUN DEATHS.

  • NOT NO MASS SHOOTINGS, BUT BARELY ANY GUN DEATHS IN

  • GENERAL.

  • NOW, MAYBE SOME OF YOU MAY THINK THAT THE LAWS IN JAPAN AND OTHER

  • COUNTRIES ARE TOO EXTREME AND INFRINGE ON CIVIL LIBERTIES.

  • BUT WHAT THE STRICT GUN LAWS IN JAPAN, ENGLAND, AND AUSTRALIA

  • SHOW US IS THAT STRICTER GUN LAWS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN

  • REDUCING MASS SHOOTINGS.

  • AND I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU, AFTER THE MASS SHOOTINGS OF THE

  • PAST FEW YEARS IN AMERICA, I'V FELT EXACTLY THE SAME AS YOU.

  • I'VE FELT ANGRY, CONFUSED, AND FRUSTRATED

  • THAT NOTHING WOULD BE DONE TO TRY TO AVOID THESE MASSACRES.

  • IT SOMEHOW ALWAYS BECOMES POLITICAL.

  • SOME ON THE RIGHT WOULD ARGUE THAT IT'S NOT TIME TO TALK ABOUT

  • GUN CONTROL, WHILE SOME ON THE LEFT ARGUE THAT, FOR THE

  • VICTIMS, IT'S TOO LATE TO BE TALKING ABOUT GUN CONTROL.

  • BUT PERHAPS SOMETHING HAS CHANGED AFTER THE SHOOTING IN

  • PARKLAND.

  • THIS TIME, THE CHILDREN SEEM TO BE USING THEIR VOICES LOUDER

  • THAN EVER TO DEMAND THAT THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS ADDRESS THIS

  • ISSUE.

  • THE SURVIVORS OF MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL,

  • NOT THE RIGHT WING OR THE LEFT WING, BUT THE KIDS WHO, FOR MOST

  • OF THEIR LIVES, HAVE BEEN DOING THE SAME ACTIVE-SHOOTER-DRILL

  • THAT OUR KIDS WILL DO.

  • THE SAME DRILL I BET MANY PEOPLE IN THIS STUDIO HAVE DONE.

  • THEY ARE SAYING, "YOU KNOW WHAT, WE WANT SOMETHING DONE.

  • NO MORE JUST TWEETING "THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS" FOLLOWED BY

  • INACTION.

  • THEY ARE SAYING "WE DEMAND CHANGE.

  • AND UNTIL WE GET IT WE WILL CALL YOU OUT.

  • WE WILL LAY DOWN IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE IN PROTEST.

  • WE WILL ORGANIZE A "MARCH FOR OUR LIVES" IN WASHINGTON D.C. ON

  • MARCH 24 UNTIL SOMEONE LISTENS TO US."

  • WHEN I SEE THESE KIDS TALKING, IT MAKES ME FEEL HOPEFUL.

  • IT ISN'T FOREIGN LATE NIGHT HOSTS YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO.

  • YOU SHOULDN'T BE LISTENING TO ME.

  • JUST ASK ANYONE THAT KNOWS ME.

  • BUT YOU CAN LISTEN TO AMERICA'S CHILDREN.

  • AND THAT FILLS ME WITH OPTIMISM, THAT MAYBE AMERICANS WILL BE

  • ABLE TO COME TOGETHER AND PUT ASIDE THEIR DIFFERENCES TO MAKE

  • A SENSIBLE CHANGE FOR THOSE KIDS, FOR OUR KIDS, AND FOR ALL

  • AMERICANS.

  • MARCH 24th, WASHINGTON, D.C.

  • WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

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