After another school shooting, this one taking place in Santa Fe, Texas, Jimmy Kimmel started his show Friday with an impassioned speech encouraging Americans to register to vote.
At the start of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel talked about the shooting that killed 10 people and wounded 10 more at Santa Fe High School. He immediately called out Donald Trump, Texas governor Greg Abbott, and members of Congress for not doing enough to prevent shootings from happening.
“Once again, our leaders are sending their thoughts and prayers,” Kimmel said. “President Trump said he is with the people of Santa Fe in this tragic hour and will be with them forever. Except for when it comes time to do something. Then he will not be with them. And neither will any of the Congresspeople or governors, who don’t ever do anything because they are fearful that it will hurt them politically.”
You can watch the video above.
Kimmel was referring to Trump’s tweet about the shooting, in which he wrote, “We grieve for the terrible loss of life, and send our support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack in Texas. To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High School – we are with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever….”
The video included a series of shots of victims of the shooting telling reporters about their experiences, intercut with politicians announcing their refusal to enact any new gun laws.
Kimmel went on to call out government leaders for being afraid to stand up to the National Rifle Association.
“They know the truth,” he said. “They know this has gone too far. But they’re too cowardly to do the right thing. They care more about the support of the NRA than they do about children. So they sit there with their hands in their pockets — pockets that are full of gun money — and do nothing. They just wait for the outrage to pass. Because it didn’t happen to their children.”
With leaders unwilling to enact any laws that might stop school shootings, Kimmel implored his audience to register to vote. He suggested the only way to get sensible gun laws that might prevent shootings from happening is to elect lawmakers willing to change them.
“There’s only one way to look at this,” Kimmel said. “How would you feel and what would you do if these were your children who were killed today? The truth about our democracy is that the people don’t make laws, we vote for those who do. So the least you can do is register to vote right now. I mean the only way we can make any meaningful impact on this epidemic is to make sure we vote for politicians who will do something. Our leaders right now seem to think that everything is fine. It isn’t fine. This kind of thing doesn’t happen in countries that have real, sensible gun laws. And I don’t know about you, but I for one am very very tired of this.”
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