Late-night hosts dedicated a portion of their Monday night shows to speak out about gun violence in the wake of the tragic events that unfolded in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left at least 59 dead and 527 more injured after a gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.
Nevada native Jimmy Kimmel opened Monday night’s Live! with an emotional response to the shooting, choking up as he addressed the news at the start of the show.
“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,” he said, holding back tears. “And, of course, we pray for the victims – and for their families and friends and we wonder why, even though there’s probably no way to ever know why a human being would do something like this to other human beings who were at a concert having fun listening to music.”
Kimmel continued, “And, as a result of that this morning, we have children are without parents and fathers are without sons, mothers without daughters. … It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up. Or give up. It’s too much to even process.”
He questioned, “I don’t know why do our so-called leaders — continue to allow this to happen? Or maybe a better question – why do we continue to let them allow it to happen?”
The host noted that his stance wasn’t about gun control, but about “common sense.”
“Common sense says no good will ever come from allowing a person to have weapons that can take down 527 Americans at a concert,” he said. “Common sense says you don’t let those who suffer from mental illness buy guns.”
Kimmel also addressed White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ comments at a conference earlier this morning during which she said it was “not the time” for political debate: “Well, thank you Sarah, but we have 58 innocent people dead — and it wasn’t their time either — so now is the time for political debate.”
Kimmel urged viewers to take action and “tell your Congresspeople to do something. It’s not enough to send your love and prayers.”
(Excerpt) Read More in: The Hollywood Reporter