Jimmy Kimmel chokes up while slamming 'mentally ill' Trump for ignoring gun violence
On Wednesday, America suffered yet another school shooting. 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz stormed into his former high school with a semi-automatic rifle, killing 17 people and wounding 15 others. The warning signs were there - his disturbing Instagram photos, his classmates thought he was troubled, his old teachers aid he wasn't allowed on campus with a backpack. But despite all of this, Cruz was able to legally purchase the AR-15, which he used to unleash the massacre.
In response to the tragedy, President Trump addressed the nation from the White House, and did not mention gun control once. Instead, he solely focused on the issue of mental health (yet again), and made vague statements about the need for safety. "No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school," said the President. "No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning."
Many Americans have grown outraged with the government's response to school shootings, as politicians offer "thoughts and prayers," but do absolutely nothing to pass common-sense gun control legislation. In Jimmy Kimmel's monologue Thursday night, he echoed those feelings, choking up as he responded to the President's address. He said he agreed that no child should be in danger at school, and there's something he can do to fix it:
"Tell your buddies in Congress, tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio -- all the family men who care so much about their communities, that what we need are laws, real laws, that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids. Go on TV and tell them to do that.
Don't you dare let anyone say it's too soon to be talking about it," he added. "Because you said it after Vegas, you said it after Sandy Hook, you say that after every one of these -- eight, now -- fatal school shootings we had in this country this year. Children are being murdered."
Kimmel went on to remind voters that one of President Trump's first acts in office was taking back regulations that President Obama created to make it harder for guns to get in the hands of the mentally ill. "I agree, this is a mental health issue," said Kimmel. "Because if you don't think we need to do something about this, you're obviously mentally ill."
Who seriously thinks the mentally ill should be allowed to legally purchase guns? There are a plethora of common sense gun control laws that could be passed, but it seems unlikely, since the Republican-controlled Congress is deep in the pocket of NRA lobbyists, accepting millions of dollars from them every year. Still, Kimmel ended the segment on a hopeful note, telling American citizens not to accept nothing as a response once again.
"Eight out of 10 Americans agree that a teenager shouldn't have an AR-15, so why does a teenager legally have an AR-15? Somewhere along the line, these guys forgot they work for us, not the NRA, us. And this time, we're not gonna allow you to bow your head in prayer for two weeks until you get an all-clear and we move on to the next thing."
The segment ends with a montage of Republican politicians saying "it's not the time to discuss gun control," after every mass shooting from the past year, like clockwork.