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Here's Jimmy Kimmel's Emotional Monologue About The Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

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On Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel opened his show with an emotional 10-minute monologue addressing the mass shooting in Las Vegas, his hometown. Kimmel's was fighting back tears throughout—"I'm sorry for getting emotional," he said, "I'm not great with this kind of thing, I just think it's important. It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up. Or give up. It’s too much to even process."

Kimmel continued:

I don't know why our so-called leaders continue to allow this to happen. Or maybe better question: why do we continue to let them allow it to happen? You know what will happen, we'll pray for Las Vegas, some of us will get motivated, bills will be written, they'll be watered down, they'll fail, the NRA will smother it all with money and over time we'll get distracted and we'll move on to the next thing, and it will happen again. And again.

This morning the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was not the time for political debate. I don't know, we have 59 innocent people dead... I think it is the time for political debate. President Trump said this morning that he's praying for those who lost their lives. In February he signed a bill that made it easier for people with severe mental illness to buy guns legally. A number of other lawmakers who won't do anything about this because the NRA has their balls in a money clip also sent their thoughts and their prayers today. They should be praying for God to forgive them to let the gun lobby run this country.

With all due respect, your thoughts and your prayers are insufficient.

I want this to be a comedy show, I hate talking about stuff like this. I just wanna laugh about things every night, but it seems to be coming increasingly difficult lately. It feels like someone opened a window into hell. What I'm talking about tonight isn't about gun control, it's about common sense. Common sense says no good will ever come out from allowing a person to have weapons that can take down 527 Americans at a concert. Common sense says you don't let those who suffer from mental illness buy guns.

Watch the full emotional monologue above. In recent weeks, Kimmel has become a bit of
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