Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel responded to critics Tuesday in a short message during his monologue and blamed them for "the fact that almost anyone can get any weapon they want."
Here's video of Kimmel's response:
Here's what he said:
"I want to send special good wishes to those watching from Las Vegas," Kimmel began, "where you know what happened on Sunday night. I'm not gonna get deep into it again, I said what I had to say last night.
"But I do want to say something to these nuts who spent most of the day today on television and online attacking those of us who think we need to do something about the fact that 59 innocent people were killed," he said.
"They say it's inappropriate to be talking about it because it's too soon," he added. "Well, maybe it's too soon for you, because deep down inside in your heart, you know you bear some responsibility for the fact that almost anyone can get any weapon they want. And now you want to cover yourself until the storm of outrage passes, and you can go back to your dirty business as usual.
"But it's not too soon for us," he concluded, "because we're Americans, and the last time I checked, the First Amendment is at least as important as the Second Amendment, so we will talk about it, and shame on you for suggesting we do otherwise."
Is that what his critics said about Las Vegas?
It is accurate that some conservatives and gun rights advocates criticized Kimmel and others for jumping so quickly to politicize the Las Vegas attack. But Kimmel did not respond to those who poked holes in his demand for gun control and pointed out that the specific policies he called for would not have stopped the Las Vegas murderer.
Kimmel has also been criticized for not disclosing to his audience that he had received talking points from the office of Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in his previous emotional monologue demanding government mandated health care.