Jimmy Kimmel had to fight back tears while addressing the mass shooting that took place in his childhood home of Las Vegas.
The impassioned speech has brought a nation to tears, with its raw sincerity and strong criticism of Congress for ignoring the issue of gun regulation.
Kimmel grew up in Las Vegas, and his bandleader Cleto Escobedo III and his father also hail from the city.
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He barely made it through the first sentence before he choked up, he begins:
Well hello everyone. Here we are again in the aftermath of another terrible, inexplicable, shocking and painful tragedy, this time in Las Vegas which happens to be my hometown and Cleo’s hometown and Cleo Senior’s hometown
As you know at least 59 people are dead, hundreds of people are wounded in what they say was the deadliest mass shooting in modern american history, coming about a year and a half after the previous deadliest mass shooting in modern american history in Orlando where 49 people lost their lives.
Of course we pray for the victims and their families and friends and we wonder why – even though there’s probably no way to ever know – why a human being would do this to other human beings at a concert listening to music…
Kimmel did not fail to remember the victims of the attack and the families who are suffering with the loss of loved ones.
He expressed sentiments of wanting to ‘throw up or give up’, before turning to the political issue of gun regulation.
Kimmel stated that the gunman, Stephen Paddock, displayed no signs of what was to come in the run up to the horrifying actions on Sunday night.
Paddock had passed the government regulated gun checks and his family have said he displayed no indication of what was going to happen in Las Vegas during the country music festival.
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) October 2, 2017
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 – Second Amendment I guess.
Our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument, I assume.
Kimmel called out the argument that automatic and semi-automatic weapons are bought as weapons of self defence, highlighting that Paddock had bought 10 automatic rifles legally.
He noted that five people were shot and three died last night in Kansas, which has become so normalised it didn’t make the news.
But perhaps the talk show host’s most prescient insight is the prediction of what will happen in the wake of the attack.
You know what will happen, we’ll pray for Las Vegas, some of us will get motivated, some of us won’t get motivated.
Bills will be written, they’ll get watered down, they’ll fail, NRA will smother it all with money.
Over time we’ll get distracted and we’ll move onto the next thing and it will happen again… and again.
Kimmel also called out high profile politicians who had voted against gun reform after the Orlando shooting which would have made it much more difficult to buy a gun.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 2, 2017
The speech has come at a time when senior members of government have stated now is not the time to debate politics, but Jimmy Kimmel has flown in the face of those politicians to highlight the systemic injustices which allowed this atrocity to happen.
Well done, Jimmy.
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