Jimmy Kimmel is Wrong… Again

Jimmy Kimmel has made a habit of delivering emotional monologues on his late night comedy show. This has lead him to be called “America’s conscience”. Sadly, his emotional statements have not been meet with an equally factual monologue.

After last week’s tragic school shooting in Florida, Kimmel went on another late night tirade. Again, Kimmel’s monologue could not be worse. For all the attention his monologue gets, the lack of accurate or specific details is quite astonishing.

I do not have a problem with Kimmel being misinformed and ignorant on the issue. I have a problem with Kimmel being misinformed and ignorant on the issue then going on national television and blathering for millions to see and influencing them.
All that said, let us go through his monologue line by line.

Agreed. So I agree with both of those statements. 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.

Any specifics? No? Okay then.

Tell these congressmen and lobbyists who infest that swamp you said you were going to drain, force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year after year to do something. Now. Not later. Now.

I wish Kimmel would have taken the time to outline some specific policies to work before accusing politicians who disagree with him of being bad people but that might be too much to ask.

And don’t you dare let anyone say it’s too soon to be talking about it, 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.

But this monologue demonstrates that it is too early to talk about it. This is an emotional and reason free tirade. Call me a radical, but public policy should be based off more than a gut level instinct. Empathy blinds you to unintended consequences and effectiveness. Reason should be the basis of public policy.

Do something!

Do what?

We still haven’t even talked about it. You still haven’t done anything about it. You’ve literally done nothing.

What do you want him to do?? You’ve literally just yelled about a lack of action but have not said what we should act on.

Actually, you’ve done worse than nothing. You like to say this is a mental health issue, but one of your very first acts as president, Mr. Trump, was to actually roll back the regulations that were designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. You did that. Your party voted to repeal the mandates on coverage for mental health.

Is it possible to be so wrong you are actually right? No? Okay, Jimmy is just flat out wrong then.

A year ago, the NRA, ACLU (yes, the left-wing ACLU) and mental health groups got together to oppose an Obama-era regulation that not only curtailed second amendment rights but curtailed fourth amendment rights. In short, the Obama era rule would have “included in the federal government gun background database people who received disability payments from Social Security and received assistance to manage their benefits due to mental impairments”

It does not take a constitutional scholar to realize individuals with mental impairments have fourth amendment and second amendment rights. As Charles Cook put it in National Review, “The rule would have allowed bureaucrats within one of our federal agencies to bar American citizens from exercising a constitutional right — and on the highly questionable grounds that to be incapable of managing one’s finances is, by definition, to be a “mental defective.”

So I agree, this is a mental illness issue. Because if you don’t think we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill.

Sick burn dude.

It is amazing to me that if one illegal immigrant causes a car accident, we’ve got to build a wall to keep the rest of them out. Why are you looking for solutions to that problem and not this one? Every reasonable American, Republican or Democrat, knows that something has to be done. Something. And we’re not doing anything. But go ahead, I’ll let you finish.

For the seventh gillionth time, what should he do?

Great. Okay. What we need and what you can do to ease our pain and to prevent future pain is something. 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?

Nicholas Cruz was 19. An adult by any standard but when you are on an emotional tirade who needs facts? But seriously, there is only one factual claim in this monologue and it is wrong.

Somewhere along the line, these guys forgot they work for us, not the NRA.

Somewhere along the line Jimmy forgot reasonable people can disagree.

Us. And this time we’re not going to 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. We’re going to make sure you do something this time.

In a five minute monologue, Kimmel did not offer one concrete suggestion. He does not offer one correct fact. Sounds about right.

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