04/19/2013 11:29 am ET | Updated Jun 19, 2013

Colbert Bashes Ted Cruz & Gun Control Opponents For Blocking Background Checks (VIDEO)

Stephen Colbert went after opponents of gun control on last night's "Colbert Report" after the Senate failed to pass background checks supported by a majority of Americans.

"We no longer have to live in fear that some maniac will come after those we love with a gun control bill," he joked, offering faux praise for the senators as his tongue-in-cheek conservative commentator character.

He singled out senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) Mark Begich (D-AK) for voting against the measure, as well as "Senate majority leader" Wayne LaPierre, the NRA spokesman who has become a public face for anti-gun control measures.

Check out the clip above to see Colbert react to the vote.


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