Last night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live started on a somber note as late-night host Jimmy Kimmel held back tears talking about the mass shooting in his hometown of Las Vegas. Jimmy got emotional in his monologue dedicated to the victims of the tragedy and urged politicians to see the importance of gun control reform.
"Here we are again, in the aftermath of another terrible, inexplicable, shocking, and painful tragedy. This time in Las Vegas, which happens to be my hometown," a visibly shaken Jimmy told his viewers. "This morning, we have children without parents, 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, and it's the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up or give up. It's too much to even process."
Jimmy, who recently spoke out about the healthcare debate after his son was born with a rare heart condition, continued to urge politicians to do more when it comes to gun violence, calling out White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and President Donald Trump, among others. "This morning, [Sarah] said it was not the time for political debate and 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," he said. "President Trump is visiting Vegas on Wednesday… In February he also signed a bill that made it easier for people with severe mental illness to buy guns legally.
He continued, "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 NRA has their balls in a money clip also sent their thoughts and their prayers today, which is good. They should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country…"
He also showed photos of the 56 senators who voted against closing loopholes in current gun laws after the deadly mass shooting at Pulse nightclub last year. "With all due respect, your thoughts and your prayers are insufficient," he added. "There is more we can do, and we need to do it… I'm sorry for getting emotional. I'm not great with this kind of thing, but I just think it's important."
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