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Late-Night Hosts Get Serious, Speak Out About Gun Violence

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who was visibly shaken, began his opening monologue on Monday addressing the shooting at his hometown Las Vegas.

“I want to show you something, here are faces of the Senators who – days after the shooting in Orlando – voted against a bill that would have closed those loopholes,” Kimmel told the audience. “The House of Representatives will be voting on a piece of legislation this week. It’s a bill to legalize the sale of silencers. For guns. This is what they’re working on. We have a major problem with gun violence in this country – and I guess they don’t care.”

Then, Kimmel showed photos of 56 senators on the big screen behind him.

Kimmel moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, from Brooklyn, New York, when he was nine-years-old. After graduating from Ed W. Clark High School, he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for one year, and later received an honorary degree from UNLV in 2013.

Kimmel wasn’t the only late-night host to address the tragic incident on Monday.

“I would like to send my thoughts to the victims and my thanks and appreciation to the first responders as well as those in Las Vegas who lined up to give blood. Every hour we hear more stories about the incredible bravery exhibited by people who risked their lives to save strangers,” Seth Meyers said on Monday’s episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Conan O’Brien opened his show by telling his audience, “I don’t think it should be so easy for one demented person to kill so many people so quickly… something needs to change. It really does.”

Stephen Colbert addressed the issue Monday night:

This afternoon, the president called this an “act of pure evil.” And I think he’s right. So, what, then, are we willing to do to combat “pure evil?” The answer can’t be nothing. It can’t.

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