Kimmel slams Trump and Pence for supporting Second Amendment after Texas school shooting
ABC talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel called for Americans to vote out politicians who don’t take action on gun laws after the deadly mass shooting at a Texas school on Friday.
“President Trump said that he is with the people of Santa Fe in this tragic moment and that he will be with them forever, except when it’s time to do something and then he will not be with them,” Kimmel said on his show Friday.
“Neither will any of the congresspeople or governors that won’t ever do anything because they fear it will hurt them politically,” he continued.
The late-night host said lawmakers are “too cowardly” to take action because “they care more about the support of the [National Rifle Association] than they do about children.”
“So they sit there with their hands in their pockets, pockets full of gun money, and they wait for the outrage to pass because it didn’t happen to their children,” Kimmel said.
Kimmel called on Americans to register to vote in response to the shooting.
“Our leaders right now seem to think that everything is fine. It’s not fine,” he said.
“I don’t know about you, but I for one am very, very tired of this,” Kimmel said, before airing a clip of Trump, Vice President Pence and other Republicans defending the Second Amendment interspersed with clips of student survivors describing Friday’s shooting.
Trump said after the shooting Friday that his administration would “do everything in our power to protect our students.”
Ten people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School near Houston.
The suspected shooter, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, was charged with capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant.
Police also took another student into custody on Friday as a person of interest in the case.
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