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Jimmy Kimmel asks Trump, GOP to ‘do something’ following shootings at a school in Florida

Jimmy Kimmel called the President Trump and the Republican legislators to do something about gun control following Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida that killed at least 17 people.

(Reuters)

Late night tv presenter Jimmy Kimmel used his platform to call out President Trump and the Republican legislators to “do something” about gun control in the wake of Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida that killed at least 17 people.

Kimmel began his monologue by calling it “a sad day” in the wake of the deadly shooting at a school in marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in parkland, Fla. He showed clips of Trump’s speech to agree with the president that children need to feel safe in the school and parents should feel at ease when sending their child to the classroom.

Kimmel called on Trump to ask his “friends in Congress” as the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell and “the whole family men who care so much about their communities that we need to have, be laws, real laws, that do everything possible to keep guns out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our children.”

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“Go on TV and tell them to do that!” Kimmel called for the public welcomed.

“Tell these members of congress – and lobbyists – who infest that swamp you said you were going to drain,” Kimmel said. “Force this allegedly-Christian men – and women – who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year after year to do something. Now. Not later. Now,” he said.

“You said that, after Vegas, you said it after Sandy Hook, you say that any of these eight deadly school shootings in this country this year. Children are being killed,” Kimmel said, his cracked voice as he was emotionally.

Kimmel then blasted Trump for not doing “nothing, nothing, you have literally done nothing. Indeed, you have done worse than nothing.”

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On Thursday, Trump tweeted there were “so many signs” the Florida shooting suspect, Nikolas Cruz, was “mentally disturbed” and that would have done to report him to the authorities.

Kimmel noted Trump ” rolled back regulations that are designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.”

“You did that. Your party voted for repeal of the mandates of coverage for mental health. So, I agree, this is a mental illness problem, because if you do not agree, we must do something about it, of course, you’re mentally ill,” Kimmel said.

Nikolas Cruz is accused of killing at least 17 people.

(Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

Kimmel at the end of his monologue, stating, “these boys have forgotten that they work for us, not the NRA. Us”.

Kimmel then encouraged his viewers to write their representatives, call them, “and if they don’t listen, vote them out of office.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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