Jimmy Kimmel Fights Back Tears In His Response To The Florida School Shooting

"Whatever you do, do something."

For the second time in a matter of months, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue about the devastating effects of gun violence and the need he sees for stricter gun laws.

The 50-year-old opened the Feb.15 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live by discussing the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that two days earlier that took the lives of 17 students and teachers. In typical Kimmel fashion, he didn't hold back. After playing a clip of President Trump's remarks on the shooting in which he said no child or teacher "should ever be in danger in an American school," Kimmel agreed. He also agreed with Trump that no parent should fear for their child's safety when they kiss them goodbye in the morning, but the approval ended there as Kimmel delved into what needs to be remedied.

"Tell your buddies in Congress, tell Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, 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," the father of four advised the president. "Go on TV and tell them to do that."


"Force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year to do something now," Kimmel added after the audience applauded. And don't you dare let anyone say it's too soon to be talking about it."

That "too soon" defense is one some politicians and lawmakers frequently employ after a mass shooting, but Kimmel is among the millions of people who are growing increasingly frustrated by it. "Children are being murdered," he declared as he fought back tears. "Do something. We still haven't talked about it. You still haven't done anything about this. Nothing. You've literally done nothing."

Kimmel went on to criticize Trump for making it easier for those who have a mental illness to obtain a firearm, and later proceeded to take aim at all politicians who receive contributions from the NRA. "Somewhere along the line, these guys forgot they work for us, not the NRA. Us," he stated. "And this time, we're not gonna allow you to bow your head in prayer for two weeks until you get an all-clear and we move on to the next thing."

Among those also asking President Trump and Congress to act is a 17-year-old survivor of Wednesday's shooting, who said during an interview with CNN, "We are children. You guys are the adults. Work together, come over your politics, and get something done."

And though his plea to Trump will likely fall on deaf ears, Kimmel urged American citizens to contact their representatives with help from Everytown, an organization that advocates for gun control and against gun violence. "If they don't listen, vote them out of office," he concluded. "Whatever you do, do something."


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