Dear Commons Community,
Last Friday in Santa Fe, Texas, there was another school shooting where nine students and one teacher were killed by a deranged individual. It seems like every couple of months another tragedy happens in one of our country’s schools and we are resigned to the fact that it will likely happen again in another couple of months. Jimmy Kimmel addressing the issue called out our politicians who “sit there with their hands in their pockets — pockets that are full of gun money — and do nothing.” Above is the video of his monologue. Below is a brief account.
“On Friday night, at the start of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel talked about the shooting that killed 10 people and wounded 10 more at Santa Fe High School. He immediately called out Donald Trump, Texas governor Greg Abbott, and members of Congress for not doing enough to prevent shootings from happening.
“Once again, our leaders are sending their thoughts and prayers,” Kimmel said. “President Trump said he is with the people of Santa Fe in this tragic hour and will be with them forever. Except for when it comes time to do something. Then he will not be with them. And neither will any of the Congresspeople or governors, who don’t ever do anything because they are fearful that it will hurt them politically.”
Kimmel was referring to Trump’s tweet about the shooting, in which he wrote, “We grieve for the terrible loss of life, and send our support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack in Texas. To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High School – we are with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever….”
The video included a series of shots of victims of the shooting telling reporters about their experiences, intercut with politicians announcing their refusal to enact any new gun laws.
Kimmel went on to call out government leaders for being afraid to stand up to the National Rifle Association.
“They know the truth,” he said. “They know this has gone too far. But they’re too cowardly to do the right thing. They care more about the support of the NRA than they do about children. So they sit there with their hands in their pockets — pockets that are full of gun money — and do nothing. They just wait for the outrage to pass. Because it didn’t happen to their children.”