Liberal late night host Jimmy Kimmel is once again using his platform to call for stricter gun control laws. On Friday, he blamed President Donald Trump and U.S. lawmakers for a mass killing at a Santa Fe, Texas, high school that left 10 dead and at least as many wounded.
“I’m getting very, very tired of this,” said the host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" as he advocated for what he calls “sensible” gun control laws.
What did he say?
In the main part of his speech Friday, Kimmel said:
Once again our leaders are sending their thoughts and prayers. President Trump said he is with the people of Santa Fe in this tragic hour and will be with them forever, except when it comes time to do something, then he will not be with them and neither will any of the congress people or governors who don’t ever do anything because they’re fearful it will hurt them politically. They know the truth. They know this has gone too far. But they’re too cowardly to do the right thing. They care more about the support of the NRA than they do about children. So they sit there, with their hands in their pockets, pockets that are full of gun money and they do nothing. They just wait for the outrage to pass because it didn’t happen to their children. There’s only one way to look at this. How would you feel and what would you do if these were your children?
Kimmel went on to urge his listeners to register to vote and “vote for politicians who will do something.”
What about the Second Amendment?
Second Amendment activists, on the other hand, do not support gun restrictions because they can infringe on peoples’ right to bear arms. They also note that individuals, not guns, are the root of the problem.
On Thursday, the NRA tweeted that it doesn’t trust people who want to dismantle the Second Amendment.
#IDontTrustPeopleThat want to ban all guns, repeal #2A, and/or infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear… https://t.co/A6wCjL9j40— NRA (@NRA) 1526592898.0