Jimmy Kimmel demands new gun laws after Parkland tragedy

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Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel could barely keep it together talking about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and is pleading for new gun laws.

Seventeen people lost their lives after another mass shooting in the United States, this time at a high school in Parkland, Florida. It’s a senseless and heartbreaking tragedy, though it’s just the newest of a pattern of mass shootings in the country. Many Americans are calling on Congress to enact new gun laws to prevent such catastrophes from happening again, including late night TV’s Jimmy Kimmel.

On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel couldn’t help but choke up talking about what happened. Fighting back tears, he relays the details of the tragedy to his viewers, followed by footage of Donald Trump offering condolences to the families. Trump says that no child or teacher should ever be in danger at school, nor should any parent have to fear for their children’s lives when they leave in the morning.

“I agree with both of those statements, and here’s what you do to fix that,” Kimmel responds. He instructs that Trump needs to tell his Republican buddies in Congress that what we need are “real laws that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people that are going to shoot our kids. Go on TV and tell them to do that!”

Kimmel demands the president actually do something here, as this is a “common sense” law. He brings up how there have been eight school shootings in the country this year, and he’s sick of Trump always saying that it’s “too soon” to talk about it each time. “Children are being murdered,” Kimmel says while choking up. The issue has been brushed aside for far too long — the time for change is now.

Watch Kimmel say it best in the YouTube video below.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 pm EST on ABC.