Jimmy Kimmel Chokes Back Tears And Shreds ‘So-Called Leaders’ Doing Nothing About Gun Violence -VIDEO

“I don’t know why our so-called leaders continue to allow this to happen. Or maybe a better question — why do we continue to let them allow it to happen?”


On Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel gave a powerful emotional monologue about the horrific mass shooting that took place in his hometown of Las Vegas on Sunday, leaving 59 people dead and more than 500 wounded.

Choking back tears, Kimmel told his audience,

“It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up or give up. I don’t know why our so-called leaders continue to allow this to happen, or maybe a better question, why do we continue to let them allow it to happen?”

Kimmel brought up one of the talking points that we hear from the right after every mass shooting, that now is not the time to talk about gun control. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that very thing Monday afternoon. But Kimmel argued,

“We have 59 people dead. It wasn’t their time either, so I think this is the time for political debate.”

Kimmel also went after Trump and the Republicans. He attacked Trump for signing a bill in February that allows for people with severe mental illness to purchase guns. And he said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan “won’t do anything about this because the NRA has their balls in a money clip.” Kimmel said the Republicans “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.”

Then the late-night comedian explained,

“I want this to be a comedy show. I hate talking about stuff like this. I just want to laugh about things every night, but that — it seems to be becoming increasingly difficult lately. It feels like someone has opened a window into hell. And what I’m talking about tonight isn’t about gun control, it’s about common sense. Common sense says no good will ever come from 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.”

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