Jimmy Kimmel sums up America's gun problems in heartbreaking monologue
Last night Jimmy Kimmel gave his take on the Las Vegas shooting that took place over the weekend. While nearly 60 people lay dead and over 500 are injured, Kimmel could hardly hold back his tears as he spoke emotionally about the tragic cycles of inaction and impotence that characterize an American mass shooting.
"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 it makes you want to throw up or give up. It’s too much to even process."
Yet, Kimmel does his best to provide answers.
He speaks on the double-standards of domestic versus foreign attacks on Americans:
"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."
He then questions whether assault rifles are a necessity in American society:
"Our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument [from 2nd amendment advocates], I assume. Orlando, Newtown, Aurora, San Bernardino — every one of these shootings, the murderer used automatic or semi-automatic rifles, which are not weapons you use for self-defense. They're weapons designed to kill large numbers of people in the shortest possible amount of time."
Also, how could you not 'politicize' the event? All events are political and persona, in nature:
"Last night, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said this is not the time — or actually, it was today, this morning — she said it was not the time for political debate. I don’t know. We have 59 innocent people dead, it wasn’t their time either. So I think now is the time for political debate."
Next, Kimmel hit the NRA hard:
"President Trump is visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday. He spoke this morning; he said he’s praying for those who lost their lives. You know, in February, he also signed a bill to make it easier for people with severe mental illness to buy guns legally. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a number of other lawmakers who won’t do anything about this because the NRA 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."
And finally, he notes that common sense gun control is not hard:
"90% of Democrats ... and 77% of Republicans support background checks at gun shows. 89% of Republicans and Democrats are in favor of restricting gun ownership for the mentally ill. But not this gang [the group of senators he shows in the video]. They voted against both of those things. So, with all due respect, your thoughts and your prayers are insufficient."
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