Jimmy Kimmel delivered the most emotionally searing monologues in his show’s 14-year history on Monday, October 2 as he honored those Las Vegas mass shooting victims (59 killed and almost 600 injured) and challenged President Trump and Congress to act against the gun violence.
Like he did in his attacks on the Republican health care bills this year, Jimmy Kimmel used plain, pointed language while being a social conscience as he called out politicians, the National Rifle Association, and complacent citizens.
Jimmy Kimmel Seizes On Las Vegas Shooting to Champion Gun Laws in Emotional Monologue
Gasp up from the beginning, Kimmel ultimately broke into tears after he related the events and the consequence of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. He said:
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.
Video: Jimmy Kimmel on Mass Shooting in Las Vegas
Kimmel became more forceful as he disagreed with those who consider gun violence to be inevitable saying:
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.?
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Before showing senators' faces who voted against new gun restrictions a few days after the Orlando shooting last year, Kimmel called Donald Trump and congressional leaders to account as he quoted:
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.