Rosemary Donahue
Updated June 14, 2016

This Monday night, Samantha Bee opened her show Full Frontal by making a powerful statement about the need for stricter gun control. During the segment, she reacted to the weekend’s tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Here’s how she started the show:

“Here we are. Now, after a massacre, the standard operating procedure is that you stand on stage and deliver some well-meaning words about how we will get through this together, how love wins, how love conquers hate, and that is great, that is beautiful. But you know what, fuck it, I am too angry for that. Love does not win unless we start loving each other enough to start fixing our fucking problems.”

Bee pointed out how the shooter, Omar Mateen, had a history of domestic violence, had been reported as homophobic and “unhinged” by his employers, had been questioned twice by the FBI, and yet none of these things had disqualified him legally from owning a gun that shot 25 rounds a minute. She also pointed out that just two weeks ago, Obama had gone on television and pointed out that our laws are such that right now, people who are known to have gone on ISIL websites and are on the no-fly list can actually still legally purchase guns.


She acknowledged the tricky questions that this conversation brought up. “Should we restrict people’s rights based on scary things they say? Are innocent lives worth less than the sanctity of free speech, even if it’s hate speech? And what about profiling? These questions are hard!” However, they’re still worth asking if it means that our country will be safer for it.

Bee then went to a clip of Marco Rubio saying, “This could’ve happened anywhere in the world. Unfortunately today it was Orlando’s turn.” She brought up how ridiculous that sounded — mass shootings are so normalized that at this point, it feels like we’re just taking “turns.” However, it couldn’t really have happened anywhere in the world — Australia had five mass shootings between 1987 and 1996, and then their parliament passed stricter gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since. She went on to acknowledge that while we can’t constitutionally get rid of all guns, getting semi-automatic assault rifles out of the hands of civilians might just be a good step for us to take.

Bee ended the segment by saying that regardless of the reason for each of these shootings, we are making it far too easy for them to happen, that “we need to find the will to reject a mass shooting per day as the price of freedom.” Watch the full segment here: