Jimmy Kimmel Blasts 'Nuts' Who Say This Isn't the Right Time to Talk Gun Violence After Las Vegas Shooting

Updated | One night after naming and shaming senators who voted against stricter gun laws, Jimmy Kimmel was on the offensive again Tuesday night, taking a shot at “nuts” who say now isn’t the right time to talk about gun control in the wake of Sunday’s deadly Las Vegas shooting.

58 people were killed and around 527 injured in the massacre at Route 91 Harvest, a country music festival headlined by Jason Aldean, near the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort. The gunman, Stephen Paddock, shot at revelers from the 32nd floor of the hotel. Police found 23 rifles in his room.

“I want to say something to these nuts who spent most of the day today on television and online attacking those of us who think we need to do something about the fact 59 innocent people were killed,” Kimmel said on Jimmy Kimmel Live (the confirmed death tally was revised to 58 dead, plus Paddock, by the coroner’s office on Tuesday night).

“They say it’s inappropriate to be talking about it because it’s too soon. Maybe it’s too soon to talk about it for you, because you know you bear some responsibility for the fact that almost anyone can get any weapon they want and now you want to cover yourselves until the storm of outrage passes. You can go back to your dirty business as usual.”

The heated talk show host added: “It’s not too soon for us. And last I checked, the first amendment is at least as important as the second amendment. So shame on you for suggesting we do otherwise.”

Kimmel, a Las Vegas native, gave a tearful, heartfelt monologue Monday just 24 hours after the massacre.

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He attacked the likes of President Donald Trump and GOP leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan for not imposing stricter gun control and accused them of being in the pocket of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

“President Trump is visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday, he spoke this morning saying he’s praying for people who lost their lives,” the host said. “In February, he also signed a bill that would make it easier for people with severe mental illness to buy guns legally.”

Kimmel also showed the faces of 56 senators who voted against a bill in June 2016, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, that would have ensured stricter background checks for gun purchases and prevented suspected terrorists from buying guns legally.

“89 percent of Democrats and Republicans are in favor of restricting gun ownership for the mentally ill. But not this gang,” Kimmel said. “With all due respect, your thoughts and your prayers are insufficient.”

This article was updated to reflect the coroner's revised death tally of 58, not 59.

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