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James Corden slams America’s ‘senseless gun culture’ in poignant monologue following Texas school shooting: ‘It doesn’t make sense’

James Corden delivered a powerful speech on his latest The Late Late Show in the wake of the school shooting in Texas, which killed 21 people on Tuesday. 

At least 21 people, including children and teachers, were shot dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott later identified the suspected gunman as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old who was reportedly a student at Uvalde High School.

Following the atrocity, James became the latest to speak out, after stars such as Chris Evans, Taylor Swift and Simu Liu condemned the shooting on social media.

The comedian and host of The Late Late Show said that on the issue of gun laws America is ‘one of the most backward places in the world.’

‘As a father, I can’t imagine the horror of that phone call,’ he said, as he began his monologue on Tuesday night.

‘When I dropped my kids off at school this morning and kissed them goodbye, it doesn’t cross your mind that that could ever be the last goodbye.

The talk show host felt ‘deeply sad’ for the families of victims (Picture: CBS)

‘And the thought of that phone call, that your child is the victim in a mass shooting is beyond comprehension as a human being,’ James added.

James shares three young children with wife Julia Carey, who he has been married to since 2012.

He went on to say he felt ‘deeply sad’ for the families of the victims, as well as ‘trauma’ of those who survived the attack.

James said the country’s gun laws ‘don’t make sense’ (Picture: CBS)

James continued: ‘It doesn’t make sense to me. It doesn’t reflect the country that I think America is, the America I have always admired. You have a problem, you solve it. Yet on this issue, America is one of the most backward places in the world.

‘This year, there have been no school shootings in England, there have been no school shootings in Japan. This year, there have been no school shootings in Australia.

‘This year, there have been 27 school shootings in America and 212 mass shootings and we are just five months into the year.’

The mass shooting comes almost 10 years after a gunman shot dead 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

He added: ‘I’ll probably be stood here in a week or two, talking about another place. Words of thoughts and prayers will come from our leaders but I fear change never will.

‘I hold out hope that this country will eventually change this senseless gun culture and my heart simply goes out to every person in Texas tonight,’ he concluded.

The speech was praised by viewers on social media, with viewers thanking James for his ‘compassionate words.’

One wrote on Twitter: ‘Well said, in the UK we don’t have to worry when our kids go behind the school gate. So so sad my heart genuinely goes out to all the families and the saviours as they won’t ever be the same again. As you said it should be obvious no gun but they won’t and innocent kids and ppl will suffer.’

‘Thank you for your words, I grew up just an hour and a half outside of Uvalde, my heart is breaking for all of us here in America but it is breaking even more for the community and the families in Uvalde, Texas,’ another shared.

A viewer commented: ‘Thank you James for your compassionate words of wisdom and concern in the wake of the tragic school shooting today.’

The talk show host, 43, announced he would be stepping down from his role on The Late Late Show next year, as he outlined planned to return to the UK.

James will be back on screens in the UK when he stars in Jez Butterworth’s Mammals on Amazon Prime Video, which comes to the platform later in 2022.


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