Then Kimmel turned his attention to senators who voted against a measure that would have required people purchasing guns at gun shows to obtain background checks first, as reported by CNN.
It was a vote that took place days after a shooting at an Orlando nightclub killed 49 people.
Kimmel showed the faces of all the senators who voted against the measure.
“We have a major problem with gun violence in this country and I guess they don’t care,” he said.
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Kimmel said he wants to laugh and do comedy on his show every night, but he’s been finding that “increasingly difficult” lately.
“It feels like someone has opened a window into Hell, and what I’m talking about tonight isn’t about gun control, it’s about common sense,” he said.
“Common sense says no good will ever come of allowing a person to have weapons that can take down 527 Americans at a concert.
“Maybe I’m nuts, but I would like to think we can put politics aside. No American needs an M-16, or 10 of them, and maybe that way we don’t do this again.”
Kimmel also noted that the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on a bill to lighten restrictions on silencers, and let people who have concealed-carry permits take their guns into other states.
The bill faced opposition Monday from Mark Kelly, the husband of Gabby Giffords, who survived a shooting in 2011.
“Imagine how much worse last night’s shooting could have been if the gunman had a silencer,” he said.
“We don’t have to accept this as normal. It’s not normal. It’s not inevitable. It’s an epidemic that needs to be cured.”
- With files from Rebecca Joseph and The Associated Press
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