Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel once against used his entertainment bully pulpit to advocate for greater gun control in light of the attack in Las Vegas that took the lives of 59 Americans Sunday night.
Here’s the entire 10-minute video of his scathing rebuke:
What did he say exactly?
“We wonder why, even though there’s probably no way to ever know why a human being would do something like this to other human beings,” Kimmel said, choking up, “who are at a concert, having fun and listening to music.”
“A very sick person smuggled 17 guns into his hotel room and smashed out the windows,” he explained, “started firing indiscriminately from the 32nd floor into a crowd of 22,000 people across the street. And as a result of that, 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,” he added, “it’s too much to even process.”
Kimmel went on to explain that the shooter, Stephen Paddock, passed the government mandated background checks, and seemed normal when he purchased his guns, with no history of religious or political extremism.
‘There are a lot of things we could do’
“I’ve been reading comments from people saying this is terrible but there’s nothing we can do about it,” he explained. “But I disagree with that intensely because, of course, there’s something we can do about it. There are a lot of things we could do about it, but we don’t.”
“Which is something 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,” he continued, “but when an American buys a gun and kills other Americans, there’s nothing we can do about that.”
Mocked Second Amendment argument
“And uh, Second Amendment, I guess,” he added, “our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s, uh, is the argument, I assume.”
Said NRA controls the GOP and runs the country
“The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan [R-Wisc.],” he continued, “and a number of other lawmakers who won’t do anything about this because the NRA has their b*lls 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, so crazy.”
Kimmel explained the supposed “gun show loophole,” and then showed the audience the faces of the Republicans who voted against closing the loopholes.
“Your thoughts and your prayers are insufficient,” said Kimmel. “By the way, the House of Representatives will be voting on a piece of legislation this week — it a bill to legalize the sale of silencers for guns. This is what they’re working on.”
“We have a major problem with gun violence in this country,” he said, “and I guess they don’t care.”
“It feels like someone has opened a window into hell,” he concluded, “and what I’m talking about tonight isn’t about gun control, it’s about common sense. Common sense says that no good will ever come out of allowing a person to have weapons that can take down 527 Americans at a concert. Common sense says you don’t let those who suffer from mental illness buy guns.”
Kimmel went on to say that people who are on the no-fly list should not be allowed to own guns.
Is Jimmy Kimmel biased on this issue?
Kimmel offered a very left-wing narrative on most of the gun control issues he brought up. Some have questioned whether he obtained his talking points on this issue the same way he did with health care, by going to New York Democrat Chuck Schumer’s office to advocate for the left-wing view.
Kimmel offered a very persuasive appeal to emotion, but did not detail how any of the legislation he mentioned would have actually prevented the Las Vegas massacre.