We saw a more serious side to Jimmy Kimmel last night as he began his talk show with a 10-minute emotional monologue in response to the deadly mass shooting that took place in Kimmel’s hometown of Las Vegas Sunday night, leaving at least 58 people dead and over 500 people injured.
“It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up or give up. It’s too much to even process,” Kimmel said, holding back tears. “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 use them to shoot people.”
Kimmel used the majority of his monologue time to advocate “common sense” when it came to gun control, calling out Congress officials who tweeted out their thoughts and prayers of support but continue to pass legislation that prevents gun reform.
Referencing past tragedies like San Bernadino and Orlando, Kimmel fired back at gun lobbyists who say it’s their second amendment right to bear arms but responded: “Every one of these shootings, the murderer used automatic or semi-automatic rifles which are not weapons you use for self-defense, they’re weapons used to kill large amounts of people in the shortest amount of time.”
“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,” Kimmel said. “But when an American buys a gun and kills other Americans, then there’s nothing we can do about that. And the Second Amendment, I guess, our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument, I assume.”
At the end of the monologue, Kimmel asked viewers to donate money to the American Red Cross at redcross.org/abc which will help those affected in Las Vegas and in Puerto Rico.