Colbert: If Trump declared a national emergency over guns "vast majority of American would agree'

Stephen Colbert on his Thursday night show said that "a vast majority of Americans" would support President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE declaring a national emergency over gun violence.
 
Colbert made the remark during an interview with "West Wing" actor Bradley Whitford as Trump considers declaring a national emergency to circumvent Congress and build a wall on the Mexican border for which lawmakers have not provided new funding.
 
Whitford argued gun violence is more worthy of a national emergency than immigration.
 
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"There is an emergency in this country. 40,000 American citizens die. Ten times the number of the people who died in 9/11 die every year from gun violence in this country. That's an emergency," he said.

"I think if the president declared an emergency over that, the vast majority of Americans would agree," Colbert replied. 
 
"Yes, and what I’m saying about the Republicans, what I don’t understand ... is apparently their view is children being slaughtered in schools with weapons of war is part of the cost of freedom, but universal background checks is too high a price to pay, and it’s insane," Whitford. "And we have to get back to a sense of fact-based sanity in this country." 
 
 
The government has been partially shut down since Dec. 22 over a standoff on Trump's wall. Trump has demanded that Congress include $5.7 billion in funding for his wall and border security.
 
Trump said Thursday it would be surprising if he did not declare the emergency to build the wall.
 
Editors at The Wall Street Journal warned Friday that Republicans would ultimately lament a national emergency declaration by the president to get his funding for a border wall, cautioning the precedent would provide Democrats the opportunity to use the measure "whenever it is politically expedient."  

The Journal's warning is similar to former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich) on Thursday on CNN. 

“You declare a national emergency and set a precedent and say every time the president doesn't get his way, he can go around Congress," Granholm, also a CNN contributor, said.