“I guess they don’t care,” said ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel during a Monday monologue on his evening comedy show, describing Republicans opposed to “common sense” federal firearms regulations as unfeeling toward the hundred of victims of Sunday night’s mass murder attack in Las Vegas, NV.
“We have a major problem with gun violence in this country and I guess they don’t care,” said Kimmel of assorted Republican legislators
Kimmel framed federal politicians as hypocritical, describing them as vigilant in combating Islamic terrorism while unwilling to restrict Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms:
I’ve been reading comments from people who say, “This is terrible but there’s nothing we can do about it.” But I disagree with that intensely, because of course there’s something we can do 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.
Kimmel implicitly called for the criminalization of possession of both automatic and semiautomatic rifles, describing rifles with both mechanisms as outside the realm of self-defense:
Second Amendment, I guess our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument, I assume. Orlando, Newtown, Aurora, San Bernardino; every one of these shootings, the murderer used automatic or semiautomatic rifles, which are not weapons used for self-defense, they’re weapons designed to kill large amounts of people in the shortest possible amount of time.
“Why is that allowed?” asked Kimmel of lawful ownership and possession of rifles. “I don’t know why our so-called leaders continue to allow this to happen.”
Kimmel blamed the National Rifle Association (NRA) for obstructing what he described as desirable restrictions on Second Amendment protections of the right to keep and bear arms.
“The NRA has [Republican lawmakers’] balls in a money clip,” said Kimmel. “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,” said Kimmel, later suggesting that automatic rifles are broadly lawful for purchase and possession under current federal law.
Comparing fire safety with the the capacity of humanity for evil, Kimmel framed legislative measures to reduce murder via “gun control” as similar to building code regulations to reduce fire risks.
Despite his overtly political monologue, Kimmel implored his audience to “put politics aside.”
Watch Kimmel’s monologue below.
In coordination with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) office, Kimmel recently delivered a similarly emotional monologue in his push for communist health care, using his son's heart condition — and related need for several heart surgeries — as anecdotal justification for such a move.
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