Jimmy Kimmel slammed Donald Trump’s school shooting response
In the wake of the horrific Florida school shooting, many of us are feeling overwhelmingly sad, hopeless, and frustrated. There have been at least 18 incidences of gun firings on school campuses since 2018 alone — eight of which resulted in death or injury. And yet, our government seems to have zero intentions of making any serious, proactive moves towards tightening gun laws.
Jimmy Kimmel, aka the new voice of reason in this political shit storm, has some choice words for Donald Trump and his NRA-loving colleagues — and he nailed it all.
On Thursday, Trump publicly addressed this week’s tragic school shooting, which left 17 people dead. The president zeroed in on mental health issues, but didn’t once discuss the possibility of changing or revising gun laws. You know, because it should be totally normal that someone can stroll into a store and purchase (what was alleged to be) a deadly AR-15-style rifle.
Well, Jimmy Kimmel has some thoughts on the president’s speech. The late night talk show host played a clip of Trump declaring that no parent should have to fear losing their child.
“Agreed,” Kimmel said. “Here’s what you do to fix that. Tell your buddies in Congress — tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio, all the family men who care so much about their communities — that what we need are laws. Real laws that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids.”
Kimmel went on to slam the Congressman and lobbyists who “stuff their pockets with money from the NRA,” and asked that Trump instruct his colleagues to take action. “Now,” Kimmel said, his voice cracking with emotion. “Not later…Children are being murdered. Do something.”
He then tore apart the ridiculously exhausting excuse from politicians that it’s too “early” to deal with the root of these tragedies. Also — while we’re at it — please, please spare us your thoughts and prayers unless you’re actually planning on doing something proactive.
“Don’t you dare let anyone say it’s too soon to be talking about it,” he said. “Because you said it after Vegas; you said it after Sandy Hook; you say that after every one of these eight now-fatal school shootings we had in this country this year. Children are being murdered. We still haven’t even talked about it. You still haven’t done anything about it. You’ve literally done nothing. Actually, you’ve done worse than nothing.”
Kimmel urged his audience members to call their representatives and demand stricter gun laws. If you don’t see action, Kimmel said, then vote them out come election season.
“Whatever you do, do something because I, for one, am very, very, very, very tired of this,” he concluded.
Amen to that.