Jimmy Kimmel Makes Emotional Call for Stricter Gun Safety Laws: ‘How Does That Make Sense to Anyone?’

LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional speech in a plea for stricter gun safety laws on Wednesday.

He said it was not the time for a moment of silence, but rather a time to be loud, following Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The mass shooting, now the second deadliest school shooting in US history, left 19 third and fourth graders and two teachers dead.

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He was visibly shaken and expressed frustration with politicians blocking gun safety laws that the vast majority of Americans want.

A popular proposal among Republican lawmakers is to deploy more armed guards in schools and other vulnerable public places. Kimmel disagreed.

“If your solution to the child massacre is armed guards, you haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on,” Kimmel said. “There was an armed guard in Buffalo, there was an armed guard in Parkland, there was an armed guard in Uvaldi. They had armed guards, there were armed police at the scene, and these killings are still happening.”

He then cited other gun control measures around the world that have helped quell further school or mass shootings.

“By the way, gun control laws work,” Kimmel said. “We know that. 26 years ago there was a school shooting in Scotland that killed 16 children and a teacher and the government responded by passing gun control legislation and there has not been a shooting in Scotland since . 1996 – in Australia – a mass shooting killed 35 people. They passed gun laws. Since then they haven’t had any. This is the only country where something like this keeps happening.”

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He pointed out that guns are the #1 killer of American children and adolescents.

“Some people see this as a mental health issue, others say it’s a gun issue. It’s both and it can be both, so let’s work on both.”

He said there have been 27 school shootings in the United States so far this year, a staggering number.

“How does that make sense to anyone?” Kimmel said while fighting back tears. “These are our children and our representatives should represent us. We want boundaries on who can walk around with an AR-15… it shouldn’t be a teenager working at a fast food restaurant and if we can’t agree, forget it.

“It’s not their fault anymore, it’s our fault now because we get angry, we demand action, we don’t get it. They wait, we return to the life we ​​should rightfully return to, but you know who doesn’t forget? The parents of the children at Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and now Robb Elementary School,” he said.

You can see Kimmel’s full monologue here.

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