07/24/2012 01:24 pm ET

Colbert Reacts To Colorado Shooting: Obama & Romney Should Never Run Attack Ads Again (VIDEO)

Stephen Colbert returned to "The Colbert Report" Monday night for the first time since last Friday's tragic shooting in Colorado, finally able to respond to the media's politicized coverage and the effect it has had on the 2012 presidential campaign.

Echoing what Jon Stewart said on his Monday night show, Colbert criticized ABC News' Brian Ross for falsely reporting that the shooter may be Tea Party-affiliated and ripped pundits who refuse to discuss stricter gun control measures in the wake of the senseless killings. He also dug into for their "exclusive speculation" that the shooter was a registered Democrat, which he wasn't.

But it wasn't just partisan news coverage that caught Colbert's attention in regards to the shooting. The fact that President Obama and Mitt Romney decided to pull their negative campaign ads while the nation grieves seemed hypocritical to Colbert considering that so many people die because of guns every year in this country:

"Gentlemen, what are you thinking? You can't stop your attack ads every time there's a gun crime! There are nearly 9,000 gun homicides a year in America. That means 25 people are murdered with guns everyday. So if you're really pulling those ads down to be sensitive, I don't think you can ever run them again."

Watch the full segment above.



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