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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Jimmy Kimmel is emotionally wrenched by the horrible massacre in Las Vegas, where he grew up. He’s angry, too. The conscientious comedian is tired of hearing the media refrain that we can do nothing to prevent gun violence. Because, as he says, “of course there’s something we can do about it.”

“I don’t know why our so-called leaders keep allowing this to happen,” says Kimmel. “Or maybe a better question is why do we continue to let them allow it to happen.” Those so-called leaders include the president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Paul Ryan, “and a number of other lawmakers who won’t do anything about this because the NRA has their balls in a money clip.” Like all the Republican Senators Kimmel displays, who vote in lockstep against “common sense” gun safety laws.

It’s good that these politicians are always sending their “thoughts and prayers” as such tragedies become routine, Kimmel adds, “because they should be praying for God to forgive for letting the gun lobby run this country.”

Are you sick of the mush-mouthed media and political excuses for this lethal cowardice? So is Jimmy, who makes more sense in ten minutes than network anchors and commentators who blather for ten hours.

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17 responses to “#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel Scorches Politicians Who ‘Let NRA Run This Country’”

  1. dpaano says:

    I totally agree with Kimmel…..the NRA has most of our senators and congress people by the short hairs! They get so much money from the NRA lobbyists that they don’t dare vote against them! The NRA will blackball any politician who tries to go against what they believe in….doesn’t matter how many people are killed or injured because of lax gun laws! They keep telling their members that the administration wants to “take away your guns,” when, in fact, all they want to do is to tighten up the laws for getting guns and the types of guns that are sold! Nevada has NO background checks for any weapons….easy enough for this recent shooter to amass an armory of weapons without any problems! They also allow the sale of high powered rifles…..who needs a high powered rifle or an AK-7? If you’re a hunter, you should be ashamed if you have to use this type of a weapon to kill your choice of animal!! It’s too easy to shoot an animal with a machine gun-type weapon…..where’s the sport in that? We need to get RID of the NRA lobbyists that are buying and selling our politicians, much like many of the other lobbyists in Washington!

    • David says:

      Ha ha! This drivel coming from a “lawyer”? You must have failed Con Law!

      • dbtheonly says:

        Where did you go to Law School?

        Did they not teach you that you have to speak in facts, not dismissive drivel?

        If you’ve got a difference with d, state it, marshal facts in favor of your position, and put it out for discussion.

        If not…

        • David says:

          University of Oklahoma, Law Review, J.D. 1982. Facts? Try the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution –DA!

          • dbtheonly says:

            If you’d really gone to law school you’d know about the first half of that Amendment. For 200 years it applied to the Army.

            PS: Your Basketball team are choke artists.

          • David says:

            Assuming you can read DA, try looking at 10 USC 311 and see how the term “militia” is defined.
            BB? Maybe so…but, ask Ohio State about our football!

          • dbtheonly says:

            It was years ago, but the US Marshals had a display at the Federal Courthouse of various historic items. Among other items was Wyatt Earp’s badge. The accompanying notes explained that when the Earps cleaned out a town, the first thing they did was seize the guns. Only lawmen, i. e. the Earps, were armed. I’ve never forgotten that.

            If Bill O’Reilly is right and these mass killings are the price of freedom; then something needs to be redefined.

            BTW, the State Militia was Federalized in 1917. You need a cite?

          • David says:

            I assume you mean the ‘National Guard’ units which were placed under Federal control. What does that have to go with what we are discussing?
            I believe the cause of these incidents is the widespread use of psychotropic drugs prescribed and used by these nuts. We had weapons in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, etc. We weren’t any different. But, now we are using these drugs which are changing people.

      • Dapper Dan says:

        You sir are part of the problem if you want to troll and ridicule on these comments boards. 59 people are dead and 59 families are grieving as are a lot of Americans who are fed up with the BS emanating from the NRA, trump and our do nothing gun loving lawmakers. Maybe if you ever find yourself in a crowd under siege from a gunman you can’t identify only then will you understand why so many people are upset ????

        • DEFENDER88 says:

          A Mad Man murders 59 and shoots 500 more – SO – lets take away guns from all the honest gun owners who want to stop this s*it as much as you.

          Smart. If you want a nation wide blood bath.
          Smart as your Gun Free Killing Zones.
          And you Libs are supposed to be the most intelligent.

          ps I “have” been under siege by a gunman – I survived only because I also had a gun(for Defense). More than once.
          There “are” honest gun owners stopping/preventing crime everyday with guns.

        • DEFENDER88 says:

          MOTIVE?
          Everyone is wondering what his motive was?

          His pattern fits with most of the previous killers :
          Highly intelligent, meticulous planning, training, gun free zone, on drugs.
          Look for the Toxicology Report.
          He fits the pattern:
          Most all the killers, like him, were on some kind of Psychotropic Drug.
          From Columbine to VT to Aurora to Sandy Hook, on and on.
          Of course Big Pharma will probably quash it.

          This motive while similar to the suicides, is quite different from the Jihadies so it needs different solutions.

  2. dbtheonly says:

    Many years ago, the Onion, did a fill-in-the-blanks, all purpose mass shooter news story. I thought it was funny then. I did not dream that we’d be using it do often.

    With respect to my friend, d, the first step is removing State and local legislators that will toe the NRA line. Money becomes more important the more local the election; so we have to out work the NRA.

    Using our new-found clout in the State Legislatures; we need to undo the hyper-partisan gerrymandering and “Voter ID” laws.

    Then by electing responsible Conngresspeople, and by replacing Republicans and Trumpistas we can change the Supreme Court.

    Because, as long as SCOTUS is willing to ignore half the 2nd. Amendment and hold that it guarantees a personal armament.
    There’s nothing to be done. Except keep the Onion article handy.

  3. notafoxfan says:

    living in a state where open carry is legal, I can tell you there are many,many “good old boys” who have that “you will have to pry the gun from my cold dead hands”, philosophy..they somehow equate guns with being masculine,and firmly believe the second amendment is there for their own benefit..not realizing the intent and the wording of that amendment,as well as when it was written..they also believe the federal government wants to “take away” their guns..i wonder how those same people feel about a man over 60,well off,retired,who had enmassed an arsenal of weaponry and ammunition,tripods and the like,and set all of that up in a hotel room specifically with the intent of killing masses of unsuspecting people..after all, he was just a “normal” guy who purchased guns from 3 different gun shops per reports…

  4. Dapper Dan says:

    Jimmy Kimmel has become America’s conscience. He nearly brought me to tears as well seeing his emotional plea for common sense to prevail regarding our safety. It’s insane that we’re trying to throw out undocumented workers and DACA recipients and yet we freely let anyone to hoard all the guns they can lay their hands on. After they start shooting there’s nothing we can do but take cover. We need to tell our legislators to stop kowtowing to the NRA and this ass of a president who isn’t making America great again but making us less secure. When will sanity prevail in this country ?

  5. Beethoven says:

    I’ve been doing all I can do, which is to vote for candidates who will support rational limits on gun ownership (when such candidates are on the ballot), and provide (limited) financial support for those candidates, and try to convince people I know that we need more rational gun control laws in this country. But when most of the people I know think the 2nd Amendment says, “Congress shall make no law restricting the ownership and possession of weapons,” I can’t make much headway with them.

    I do own a few guns, specifically, a .22 rifle I bought over 30 years ago for hunting small game, a .22 rifle I inherited from my father, which he bought over 60 years ago, a 20-guage shotgun which I was given for my 14th birthday over 55 years ago, and a shotgun I inherited from my father, which he bought over 50 years ago, and two pistols: a .22 pistol I inherited from my father which he bought used over 50 years ago, and a .357 magnum which I bought over 30 years ago because I at that time felt a need for a personal protection weapon. I have supported, and will continue to support, laws that allow licensed hunters to own and use guns that are legal for hunting, but I am opposed to laws that allow anyone and everyone to own and possess any weapon they choose to own and use.

    The 2nd Amendment reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” For most of our history, the Supreme Court believed that the phrase “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” was an important and significant part of the 2nd Amendment. But just in this century, an activist conservative wing of the Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 decision, overturned over 200 years of precedent to declare in effect that “the right of the people to keep and own weapons shall not be infringed,” and any other language in the 2nd Amendment was superfluous.

  6. jamcrky says:

    Jimmy made so many valid points about gun control or the lack of gun control…. But you know what, nothing will change as long as the NRA owned and control all these politicians. The NRA is the most powerful lobby in congress and can decide who gets voted in and who will not. There should be no, absolutely no, lobbies in Washington period! These elected people work for us, the citizens of the United States and no one else should have the power to control the Congress except we the people. Until this happens, which is very likely we will be witness to more and more mass shootings. All the pass shootings did was to put the NRA on defense and to stop any common sense legislation from passing.

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