Wednesday night on "The Colbert Report," host Stephen Colbert presented a special "gun edition" of "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger," in which he took stock of the ongoing gun safety debate in the U.S. and discussed the country's refusal to sign on to an international U.N. weapons treaty.

"Friends," he began, "I have long warned you of threats coming from the United Nations."

Now, he said, the U.N. wants the world to sign on to a treaty regulating the sale and commerce of conventional weapons. The U.S. is set to sign on to the treaty, but Republicans and the NRA are against it. If the U.S. does not sign the treaty, it will join ranks with Syria, North Korea and Iran in opposing it, or as Colbert called them, "The Axis of Freedom."

And while it may seem sensible to try to keep weapons out of the hands of pirates, warlords and international criminals, Colbert reminded the audience that one of the worst bad guys in history was stopped by a gun, Adolf Hitler.

Of course, it was his gun, and he was committing suicide, but, all the same, said Colbert, "If you want to take away Hitler's gun, you're really saying you wish Hitler was still alive."

Watch the video, embedded via Comedy Central, below: