After the mass shooting in San Bernardino, politicians and others who offered up "thoughts and prayers" came under criticism for not being interested in a solution to gun violence.
But on The Late Show on Dec. 7, Stephen Colbert argued that thoughts and prayers are still important.
"I’d like to defend thoughts and prayers, as someone who occasionally thinks and prays," he said.
"The reason you keep people in your thoughts and prayers is admittedly not to fix the problem, but to try to find some small way to share the burden of grief. ...If we really want to fix it, we can't stop there. So what do we do?"