Stephen Colbert mocked the University of Colorado's new gun policies on his Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report" on Thursday night, mentioning the school in his "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger" segment.
"I am such a staunch supporter of the right to bear firearms that I'm upset we can't bear firelegs," Colbert said. "That's two limbs that aren't shooting something."
He went on to describe the university's decision to create a segregated dorm for students with concealed-carry permits after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled CU can't stop permitholders from bringing guns onto campus.
"You know I was pumped as a 12-gauge to see that students with gun permits can get their own segregated dorms at the University of Colorado," he said. "Forever ensuring that no one will think of it as a safety school."
He wagged his finger at CU because no students have yet signed up to live in the "gun dorm."
"Come on, this is college," Colbert said. "It's time to get crazy. Do shots, take shots, get shot. Maybe join a fraternity like 'Imma Poppa Kappa.' Good bunch of guys. Let's face it, living in a gun dorm is not any more life-threatening than spending $160,000 on an English degree.
"So come on, U of C students, live a little. If not very long."
CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard was quick to point out that "gun dorm" is a misnomer. Instead the university proposed a graduate student house and individual cottages for students with concealed-carry permits, Hilliard said.
"These things are going to end up in popular culture, you know they are," he said. "There's no use worrying about that too much or overreacting to it."
Hilliard said he couldn't help but laugh when he saw the segment.
"The larger issue of firearms and their storage and use and all of those things are not that amusing, but you get to this point in the semester where there has been a long campus discussion, and "The Colbert Report" is just blowing off a little steam," he said. "I think that's good for everybody."
CU-Boulder police department spokesman Ryan Huff said since the March Supreme Court ruling, he's not aware of any reports of concerned students or requests to the police department to check someone's permit. Nothing has changed, he said.
Huff added that people on both sides of the firearm debate should be able to agree that Colbert's quips are funny.
"There's been plenty of debate on this serious topic, but I think all sides can appreciate Stephen Colbert's humor," Huff said.
Matthew Robins, a 2002 CU graduate, said he was excited to see the Ralphie logo on his screen Thursday night. He said he emailed a link to the video to a few friends and alums on Friday morning.
Robins said he was surprised with Colbert's choice to discuss "gun dorms" instead of other, more recent Colorado issues like marijuana legalization and head football coach Jon Embree's firing. Nevertheless, Robins found the clip amusing and said it was "cool to be given airtime" on the show.