Late-Night Hosts Mock Florida Legislators for Putting Porn Above Gun Control

"Florida legislators, I applaud you. Thank you for being the adults in the room. Instead of debating silly old gun control, like your constituents are literally begging you to do, you heroically tackled the most pressing issue of the day: wanking off on the internet," 'The Opposition's' Jordan Klepper said during his Wednesday show.

After the tragic shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead, angry student survivors sparked a protest by traveling on a bus to the Florida Statehouse to rally for gun control. Though facing a crowd of students outside, legislators voted down an attempt to revive a bill to ban assault weapons, and instead declared pornography to be a "public health risk." After the legislators' failed to take up the students' cause, late-night hosts took a moment during their Wednesday shows to defend the students for their activism and argue against the legislators’ decision. 

“Wow, guys. Porn control instead of gun control. Yeah, I think you guys are worried about the wrong kind of mass shooting,” Trevor Noah said during The Daily Show. “I know it’s easy for politicians to go after porn. You know, it doesn’t have the power the gun lobby does. … But still have some common sense! Your state is reeling from a shooting. Now is not the time to debate adult films.”

Later, Noah sarcastically said that he was excited to see how the “new thinking will change porn in Florida.” The Daily Show host proceeded to show a clip from a fake adult film all about assault rifles, including a pizza man delivering a "hard gun." “Welcome to the new world,” Noah said.

Meanwhile on Comedy Central’s The Opposition, Jordan Klepper mocked Florida legislators for keeping their “eyes on the prize.” “Great priorities Florida lawmakers,” he said. “To be fair, Florida porn is the AR-15 of pornography.”

Klepper proceeded to discuss why the lawmakers chose to avoid wasting time on a “frivolous debate.” “Anyone can get around an extensive background check at a gun show, but a website where you have to click a box that says you’re 18? Uncrackable.”

Klepper even mocked the argument that armed guards and teachers would lead to fewer school shootings, suggesting that an excess of porn would serve as a masturbation deterrent. “If there’s a lot of porn in, say, schools lately, the solution is simple: more guards with porn. Hell, give the teachers porn. That way, if some deranged guy walks into the library, planning on masturbating, he’ll see a bunch of guards and teachers already in there going to town on themselves.”

Surprised by the legislators' lack of initiative, Klepper ridiculed the officials for "being the adults." “So, Florida legislators, I applaud you. Thank you for being the adults in the room. Instead of debating silly old gun control, like your constituents are literally begging you to do, you heroically tackled the most pressing issue of the day: wanking off on the internet.”

Over on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert called out the legislators for not acknowledging the students' concerns. “What do you have against teenagers?” Colbert asked during his opening monologue. “First you won’t do anything about guns. Now you’re taking away their porn.”

Colbert also addressed the criticism the students have faced, with some dubbing them “crisis actors” who were hired to push for gun-control reform. “That’s right. We’re all being taken in by the dazzling, theatrical performances of high school actors. We’ve all been duped before,” Colbert said. With legislators refusing to debate gun control despite the students’ pleas, Colbert explained that the legislation is diminishing the tragedy. “It also gives theater kids false hope that someday they’ll get jobs,” the late-night host joked.

Colbert also took a subtle jab at Donald Trump Jr. after he allegedly liked a tweet attacking a survivor from the school shooting: “Well, you know what they say, the douche doesn’t fall far from the bag.”