- Jimmy Kimmel gave an emotional plea to President Trump on gun control Thursday, over the school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida.
- The host challenged Trump and Republican lawmakers for framing mass shootings as a “mental health” issue and taking money from the NRA.
Jimmy Kimmel addressed the deadly school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida, in an emotional monologue on Thursday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Kimmel began the monologue by playing two clips of President Trump discussing the shooting, in which Trump said, “No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.”
“Agreed,” Kimmel responded. “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.”
Authorities said Nikolas Cruz, 19, killed 17 people and injured 14 more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle on Wednesday.
Kimmel continued to address Trump in an emotional plea.
“Tell these Congressmen and lobbyists, who infest that swamp you said you were going to drain, force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year after year to do something,” he said.
“Children are being murdered! Do something,” Kimmel continued, his voice breaking. “We still haven’t even talked about it. You still haven’t done anything about this. Nothing. You’ve literally done nothing.”
Kimmel concluded the monologue by addressing how Trump and Republican lawmakers have framed mass shootings as a “mental health” issue. The host said that one of Trump’s first acts as president was to roll back a regulation designed to prevent the mentally ill from purchasing firearms.
Watch the monologue below: