The usually comedic Samantha Bee of Full Frontal devoted the opening block of her show Monday night to this weekend’s tragedy in Orlando that left 49 people dead and scores more injured. Bee however suspended her jokes for an impassioned plea to law makers to, “fix our fucking problems,” in the wake of another mass shooting.
The subject of most of Bee’s ire was Florida’s governor Rick Scott, who has been artfully dodging any tough questions regarding potential policy changes that could help prevent attacks like these from occurring again. When repeatedly cornered on the cable news shows about the role of politicians in the face of gun violence, Governor Scott has simply urged Americans to pray — a sentiment that infuriated the late night talk show host.
“What the fuck are you even talking about?” she said after a clip of Scott played. “Stop thinking and do something to improve our society!” she said, directing her anger towards the Governor whose home state just saw the worst terror attack on US soil since 9/11.
“Sit[ting] quietly in a room with your eyes closed, talking to nobody,” isn’t a reasonable solution towards fixing our mass shootings, noted Bee to applause from her crowd.
Regarding the second amendment — the 227-year-old sentence written to protect the rights of citizens to “keep and bear arms,” as part of a well-regulated militia — Bee sarcastically noted, “ThanksJames Madison. Congrats on your Tonys, but you really fucked us with that one,” making reference to the popularity of Broadway’s Hamilton.
“Love does not win unless we love one another enough to fix our fucking problems,” she concluded.