James Corden is haunted by “horror” when he is told that children have been shot during a school shooting.
The 43-year-old host, a father of three, confessed to calling on US politicians to tighten gun laws after the May 24 Robb Elementary School massacre, in which a teenager shot and killed 19 children and two teachers.
Corden said: “As a father, I cannot imagine the horror of this phone call.
“When I take my kids to school this morning and kiss them goodbye, it never crosses your mind that this could be the last goodbye.
“The thought of that phone call – that your child was the victim of a mass shooting – is incomprehensible to a person.
“I feel very sad for the families of these children, for the trauma of the survivors, and for the future these children will never see.
“I don’t know what needs to happen for things to change here.”
The British-born comedian, who moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to host “The Late Late Show,” said American gun laws don’t fit the ideals of the country he “always admired.”
He called: “You have a problem, you solve it. You are at the forefront of medicine, technology, innovation.
“When there is a world war, we turn to you. However, in this matter, America is one of the most backward places in the world.
Corden stressed that there were no school shootings in Britain, Japan or Australia this year, while there were 27 in America this year.
He added: “Nothing will change. Money for weapons will continue to interfere with morality, ”he said. “Words of thought and prayer will come from our leaders, but I fear that change will never happen.
“I hope this country will eventually wake up and change this mindless gun culture. My heart just goes out to every person in Texas tonight.
“But you can’t put it down with prayers, voting can. So, when you vote, ask yourself the question:
“Who, when running for office, publicly declared that they were ready to do everything in their power to protect your children from the criminally insane amount of weapons in America?”
The attack at Robb Elementary School in the main Hispanic town of Uvalda was the deadliest school shooting in the US since 20 children and six adults were killed in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Just 10 days earlier, 10 black people had been shot dead in a racial hate rampage at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
Talk show host of father-of-four Jimmy Kimmel, 54, also called for an overhaul of US gun laws, as did notables including mother-of-six Madonna, 63, and father-of-three Matthew McConaughey, 52.