John Oliver Makes Impassioned Plea to Discuss Gun Control After Florida School Shooting

John Oliver

John Oliver

John Oliver wasted no time in talking about last week's shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 teachers and students dead on Sunday's Last Week Tonight.

Kicking off the fifth season of his HBO late-night talk show, Oliver argued that lawmakers need to address the issue immediately and stop putting it off.

"These events are now so familiar that we basically automatically know how each side will play out," Oliver said of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. "'Thoughts and prayers,' 'fuck your thoughts and prayers,' 'it's a mental health problem,' 'yeah, but it's also a gun problem' and then someone says, 'Now is not the time to talk about gun control' and everyone moves on until it inevitably happens again."

Oliver cited the survivors — students — who have been speaking out about this.

"When the 'Now is not the time' argument came out, the kids from that school said, 'You know what? Yes, it fucking is,'" he said.

Watch the video below.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.