Several notable celebrities took to platforms such as social media and their talk shows to discuss the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, which left 17 people dead.
While some of the media personalities called for action for stricter gun control laws, President Donald J. Trump acknowledged the tragedy from the White House on Thursday, Feb. 15.
Jimmy Kimmel Takes Aim
In response to the events that unfolded, ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel held no punches back in his opening monologue on Feb. 15. The upcoming host for the Academy Awards recapped the tragic events to his audience and also showcased President Trump's response to the shooting.
While Kimmel agreed with some points in the President's speech, the television personality began to differentiate between the actions that the President recommended to the American people.
"Tell your buddies in Congress, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Marco Rubio. All the 'family men' who care so much about their community that we need laws, 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 told his audience.
Kimmel Calls Out The NRA
The Washington Post, which published the entire transcript of Kimmel's dialogue, also noticed that Kimmel called out the lobbyists. Kimmel stated that lobbyists pushed for the nation's leaders to ignore the National Rifle Association's money and do something about the situation.
"And don't you dare let anyone say it's too soon to be talking about it, because you said it after Vegas, you said it after Sandy Hook, you say that after every one of these eight now fatal school shootings we had in this country this year. Children are being murdered," Kimmel said.
Entertainment Weekly also reported that Kimmel added that he agreed with Trump that it is a mental health issue. However, he also called out President Trump for taking away funding for mental health initiatives.
Kimmel's Past Criticism Of President Trump
Since Donald J. Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States, Kimmel has become one of the President's sharpest critics.
He roasted the Trump Administration on the Valentine's Day edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Also, Kimmel extended an invitation to adult film star Stormy Daniels, President Trump's alleged former lover, to the show after the U.S. President delivered the State of the Union. Daniels and Kimmel jokingly talked about the U.S. President's genitalia by using three different sized vegetables.
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