"If you don't think we need to do something about this, you're obviously mentally ill," comedian says in serious message to lawmakers after 17 students shot dead.
"Another senseless shooting, this time in a high school in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman -- a former student -- opened fire yesterday, again. 17 lives lost, more than a dozen people are hospitalized," Kimmel said while fighting back emotion.
The ABC late-night host started his five-minute message to the president and Congress by rolling clips of Trump's televised address after the shooting. "No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school," Trump said at one point and added, "No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning."
"I agree with both of those statements," Kimmel said. "And 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. Go on TV and tell them to do that."
"Don't you dare let anyone say it's too soon to be talking about it," he added. "Because you said it after Vegas, you said it after Sandy Hook, you say that after every one of these -- eight, now -- fatal school shootings we had in this country this year. Children are being murdered."
Kimmel continued to dump on Trump by adding the POTUS has done "worse than nothing" by choosing to take back the regulations that former President Barack Obama created in order to keep firearms away from the mentally ill.
"I agree, this is a mental health issue," Kimmel said. "Because if you don't think we need to do something about this, you're obviously mentally ill."
Kimmel's last clip showed the president promising that he and his administration would do anything in order to comfort the families who are currently grieving -- except stand up to the NRA, apparently.
"Eight out of 10 Americans agree that a teenager shouldn't have an AR-15, so why does a teenager legally have an AR-15?" he said. "Somewhere along the line, these guys forgot they work for us, not the NRA, us. And this time, we're not gonna allow you to bow your head in prayer for two weeks until you get an all-clear and we move on to the next thing."
In conclusion, Kimmel urged his viewers to visit EveryTown's website to learn how to contact their state's representative in order to prevent future tragedies because he is "very, very, very, very tired of this."