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Stephen Colbert chokes, remains silent for 6 seconds as he gives public Texas News

The audience of Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” cheered when he took the stage on Monday afternoon. But instead of his usual comedy bits, he broke the news of the mass shooting in Texas that left at least 19 children and two adults dead.

Colbert needed a few moments to compose himself, going silent for 6 seconds, before continuing his monologue.

“There is nothing that can ever be said that can approach the immeasurable grief of these families,” Colbert said.

He offered prayers for the victims and their families, and prayers for government leaders to show courage and work to prevent further shootings. Then he added:

“But prayers won’t end it. Voting could, so when you do vote, ask yourself this question: ‘Who in running for office has publicly stated that they are prepared to do everything in their power to protect your children from the number of guns to criminally insane fire in America? ‘”

See more in his Monday night monologue:

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