An emotional Jimmy Kimmel opened his show Thursday night by speaking to both his audience and President Trump following Wednesday’s school shooting that took place in Florida.
“As I’m sure you know and feel, this is another very sad day in America,” Kimmel said on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “At least 17 lives have been lost. More than a dozen people are hospitalized, and our President, as he should, weighed in on the tragic events this morning from the White House.”
The host then showed clips of Trump’s speech from the White House on Thursday morning in which the president said, “No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.”
“Agreed,” the host responded. “Here’s what you do to fix that. Tell your buddies in Congress — tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio, all the family men who care so much about their communities — that what we need are laws. Real laws that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids.”
Authorities say that Nikolas Cruz, 19, gunned down students and staff with a rifle on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people. It is at least the eighth shooting at a U.S. school this year.