David Letterman took a moment out of Monday night's "Late Show" to get serious with his audience about last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, CT.
The late night host reacted first as a father, noting that school had always been a place he felt safe leaving his son.
"You drop your kid off and you don't see him again? Honestly? That's really life now? That's what it's going to be?" he asked.
He then went on to react as a citizen. In particular, Letterman stated concern that the guns Adam Lanza used in the attack were more powerful than most Americans need.
"I've never seen a deer worth 30 rounds of ammo and an automatic rifle," he joked.
The host ended his segment on an optimistic note, quoting excerpts from the President's speech at Sunday night's vigil, and concluding, "That's our President of the United States, ladies and gentlemen. Going on the record. And in a small measure I feel better he's looking out for us in this regard."
Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel also took pause on their shows Monday night to speak about the tragedy.
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