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Jimmy Kimmel chokes up in response to Las Vegas shooting

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t hold back his tears as he responded to the horrific Las Vegas shooting that claimed the lives of at least 59 people and injured 527 others. 

The Las Vegas native opened Monday night’s episode of Live! visibly upset as he tried to choke back his tears. 

‘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,’ the tearful host said. 

‘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.’ 

 

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t hold back his tears as he responded to the horrific Las Vegas shooting that claimed the lives of at least 59 people and injured 527 others

The Nevada Native opened Monday night's episode of Live! visibly upset as he tried to choke back his tears

The Nevada Native opened Monday night’s episode of Live! visibly upset as he tried to choke back his tears

The host continued to say: ‘And, as a result of that this morning, we have children without parents and fathers without sons, mothers without daughters. We lost two police officers. 

‘We lost a nurse from Tennessee. A special ed teacher from a local school here in Manhattan Beach and it’s the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up. Or give up. It’s too much to even process.’

Kimmel then 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 then addressed White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ comments during a press conference Monday morning. 

Sanders repeatedly deflected reporters’ questions about gun control saying: ‘There will certainly be a time for that policy discussion to take place, but that’s not the place that we’re in at this moment.’

In response to her comment, Kimmel said during the show: ‘Well, thank you Sarah, but we have 59 innocent people dead — and it wasn’t their time either — so now is the time for political debate.’ 

Kimmel said his show was not about gun control, 'it's about common sense'

Kimmel said his show was not about gun control, ‘it’s about common sense’

'Tell your Congresspeople to do something. It's not enough to send your love and prayers,' Kimmel said, urging viewers to take action

‘Tell your Congresspeople to do something. It’s not enough to send your love and prayers,’ Kimmel said, urging viewers to take action

Kimmel said his show was not about gun control, ‘it’s 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.’

‘No American citizen needs an M-16, or 10 of them. And maybe that way we don’t do this again. I mean that seems very reasonable to me.’  

‘Tell your Congresspeople to do something. It’s not enough to send your love and prayers,’ Kimmel said, urging viewers to take action. 

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