Once again, late night host Jimmy Kimmel used his platform for political purposes. And again, the recent violence in Las Vegas hit close to home for Kimmel. He is a son of Las Vegas. Kimmel delivered an emotionally charged monologue on Monday, maybe the deepest in the show’s 14-year history. He honored those killed an injured in Sunday night’s shooting, and he also challenged President Trump and Congress to act against gun violence.
Kimmel used his stage to criticize the Republican health care bill previously. He called out politicians, the NRA, and complacent citizens. While sharing what was obviously deep in his heart, he broke into tears as he spoke about the events and aftermath of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.
“This morning, we have children without parents and fathers without sons, mothers without daughters. We lost two police officers. We lost a nurse from Tennessee. A special-ed teacher from a local school here in Manhattan Beach. It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up or give up. It’s too much to even process — all these devastated families who now have to live with this pain forever because one person with a violent and insane voice in his head managed to stockpile a collection of high-powered rifles and use them to shoot people.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
Jimmy Kimmel grew aggressive as he disagreed with those who consider gun violence to be inevitable.
“There are a lot of things we can do about it. But we don’t, which is interesting. Because when someone with a beard attacks us, we tap phones, we invoke travel bans; we build walls, we take every possible precaution to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But when an American buys a gun and kills other Americans, then there’s nothing we can do about that. And the Second Amendment, I guess, our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument, I assume.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
The late-night host called the president and Congress to take a stand.
“President Trump is visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday. He spoke this morning; he said he was praying for those who lost their lives. You know, in February, he also signed a bill that made it easier for people with severe mental illness to buy guns legally. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, a number of other lawmakers who won’t do anything about this because the N.R.A. has their balls in a money clip, also sent their thoughts and their prayers today — which is good. They should be praying. They should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country. Because it is, it is so crazy.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
Look, Jimmy, I understand you are emotional but what about the idiot that pulled the trigger. Yes, he had guns and I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out some of those guns were illegally modified. But, those gun didn’t pull their own trigger and I think if guns are taken out of the equation that is not going to stop people. Did we all suddenly forget about the truck attacks and stabbing in Europe? At what point do we start blaming evil people?
What do you think about the way Kimmel responded to the national tragedy?
Credit: New York Times