In monologue, Las Vegas native Jimmy Kimmel gets personal about Sunday night’s massacre
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy appeared in a cold open, his voice breaking. The Las Vegas native spoke passionately about the events of Sunday night with at least 59 people were killed and more than 500 wounded in one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history at a concert on The Strip..
Jimmy made pointed remarks singling out the president, his press secretary, the speaker of the House and Senate majority leader, all of whom actively or tacitly support the NRA and are in favor of relaxed gun laws.
“Last night, White House press secretary Sara Sanders said… this morning it was not the time for political debate. I don’t know. We have 59 innocent people dead. It wasn’t their time either. So I think now is the time for political debate,” Kimmel said.
“Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, 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 prayers today. Which is good. They should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country.”
“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.”
He concluded, “And to everyone affected by this terrible event, I’m sorry for getting emotional. I’m not great with this kind of thing, but I just — it’s important, you know?”
The band played him out with the Tom Petty song “I Won’t Back Down.”
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.
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