An emotional Jimmy Kimmel opened his show Thursday night by speaking to both his audience and President Donald Trump. The late night host became teary-eyed describing Wednesday's Florida shooting at that resulted in 17 deaths. Watch the video above to see his emotional plea.
"As I'm sure you know and feel, this is another very sad day in America," Jimmy said on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! "At least 17 lives have been lost. More than a dozen people are hospitalized, and our President, as he should, weighed in on the tragic events this morning from the White House."
He then showed clips of Trump's speech from the White House on Thursday morning in which the president said, "We are all joined together as one American family and your suffering is our burden also," Trump said in his speech. "No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning."
People gather for a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 in Parkland, FL. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Although Jimmy agreed, he said the country needed to put laws in place to stop the cycle. "So, here's what you do to fix that," he said. "Tell your buddies in Congress — tell Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, 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."
Nikolas Cruz, 19, gunned down students and staff with a rifle on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. It is at least the eighth shooting at a U.S. school this year.
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