Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel could hardly hold back his tears as he took to stage to talk about the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, which just so happens to be his hometown.
The “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host addressed the mass shooting in the opening monologue and, understandably, got teary-eyed.
“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,” said Kimmel struggling to push back tears.
The host said he failed to understand why a human being would do something like that to other human beings who were at a concert and having fun.
“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,” he added.
“It’s the kind of thing that it makes you want to throw up or give up. It’s too much to even process. All of these devastated families who now have to live with this pain forever because one person with a violent and insane voice in his head managed to stockpile a collection of high powered rifles and used them to shoot people,” Kimmel added.
He also added he disagreed with the fact that we can’t do anything about it.
“There are a lot of things we can do about it. But we don’t. Which is interesting, 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. But when an American buys a gun and kills other Americans, then there’s nothing we can do about that. And, uh, Second Amendment, I guess, our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument, I assume,” said Kimmel.
The host then stressed on the fact that the country needs gun control and questioned the fact that people are allowed to carry weapons that by no means are used for self-defense. He also said that people tend to talk about the tragedy and pray for the victims but soon forget about it until the next tragedy.
He then called out Trump and his aides who condemned the shooting but did little to help prevent it by supporting anti-gun control laws.
“You know, in February, he also signed a bill that made it easier for people with severe mental illness to buy guns legally. 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. They should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country,” Kimmel said.
In the end, Kimmel apologized for being too emotional and thanked doctors, nurses, citizens and everyone who helped the victims of the shooting in any way.
“And thank God for the police in Las Vegas who risked their lives trying to locate the man with the gun. Thank God for the doctors and nurses and firefighters and paramedics who rose to the occasion, as they always seem to do when we need them to,” Kimmel said.
“I’m sorry for getting emotional, I’m not great with this kind of thing. But it’s important, you know?”
On Sunday, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, armed with multiple assault rifles started fire on an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas from a high-rise hotel window, slaughtering at least 59 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, before killing himself.
thank you @jimmykimmel for expressing so eloquently what so many of us are feeling. Thoughts and prayers are not enough.— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) October 3, 2017
It’s been terrific watching @jimmykimmel become a bona fide voice of American conscience, emotion and heart. A true broadcaster.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) October 3, 2017
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