Jimmy Kimmel Gives Emotional, Angry Speech About Gun Control Following Vegas Shooting

    Holding back tears, Kimmel said: “I want this to be a comedy show. I hate talking about stuff like this. I just want to laugh about things every night, but it seems to be increasingly difficult lately. It feels like someone has opened a window to hell.”

    Jimmy Kimmel, who grew up and studied in Las Vegas, has given a passionate speech calling for tighter gun laws, following the deaths of at least 59 people at a concert in the city.

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    Kimmel started his monologue with a tribute to those who had died, holding back tears.

    He then denounced arguments that nothing could have prevented the shooting, adding that legislation has been put forward in regards to other terrorist incidents.

    He then argued against suggestions that this is not the time for political debate around this issue – because it wasn't the right time for the people who died in the shooting either.

    Kimmel showed the faces of 56 senators who voted against a bill, shortly after the Orlando shooting, that would close a loophole allowing consumers to purchase guns privately, or at a gun show, without background checks.

    Holding back tears, he then said this:

    He then argued that this is a public safety issue, relating it to the MGM Hotel fire in 1980, where 85 people died.