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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2017 file photo, host Jimmy Kimmel appears at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Late-night comics decried the Las Vegas mass shooting as a confoundingly repetitive American tragedy, with Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah lashing out at politicians who oppose gun control. They spoke out on Monday, Oct. 2, the day after the worst shooting in modern U.S. history. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

An emotional Jimmy Kimmel begged lawmakers to address gun control


Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel on Monday fought back tears while addressing a recent mass shooting in his hometown of Las Vegas.

“[It’s a] terrible, inexplicable, shocking and painful tragedy,” he said on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up or give up, it’s too much to even process,” Kimmel added.

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“All these devastated families who now have to live with this pain forever because one person with a violent and insane voice in his head managed to stockpile a collection of high-powered rifles and use them to shoot people.”

Kimmel then criticized politicians for not addressing gun control, specifically attacking President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a number of other lawmakers who won’t do anything about this because the [National Rifle Association] has their balls in a money clip, also sent their thoughts and prayers today, which is good,” he said after mentioning Trump.

“They should be praying. They should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country, because it’s so crazy.”

Some Twitter users on Tuesday praised Kimmel’s response to last Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas, while others criticized his handling of the topic.

At least 59 people were killed and at least 530 were wounded late Sunday when a shooter opened fire on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

Investigators have since identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock, 64, a one-time accountant with no known criminal record who lived in a Nevada retiree community.

Las Vegas police on Monday said that Paddock had 23 guns, including semiautomatic rifles, with him when he attacked from the 32nd floor of his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Responding officers found him dead at the scene.

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