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Stephen Colbert takes an emotional pause before discussing the Texas shooting

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Stephen Colbert choked and fell silent while breaking the news of a school shooting in Texas that killed at least 19 children and two teachers.

In the episode of Tuesday (May 24). The late show with Stephen Colbert, The presenter opened his monologue by addressing the “unspeakable” massacre at the elementary school.

“We’re taping this show earlier in the day, and I just want you to know, just before I came here tonight, that we found out about the unspeakable filming in Uvalde, Texas tonight,” he said.

“And while we may add our prayers for the dead,” he began, before taking a moment to calm himself with a six-second pause.

Colbert continued his message, “There is nothing that can ever be said that comes close to the immeasurable grief of these families, but while we’re at it, let’s pray that our leaders will show some measure of courage this time around trying to prevent this from ever happening again.

“But prayers won’t end this — voting might do it,” Colbert added.

(Photo courtesy of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTube)

He further urged voters to consider, “Who running for office has publicly stated that they are willing to do anything and everything to protect your children from the criminally insane number of guns in America?”

His voice joins other celebrities who have spoken publicly about the tragedy, including author Stephen King, who passionately tweeted “gun control now” the same day.

Hours after the incident, Taylor Swift ended her months-long hiatus from Twitter, writing: “Filled with anger and sadness and so heartbroken by the murders in Uvalde. From Buffalo, Laguna Woods and so many others.”

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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