Jimmy Kimmel, comedian and late night comedy show host, used his opening monologue of his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, to honor the victims of the Las Vegas massacre – the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Kimmel also used his opening monologue to condemn Republicans for not passing gun control laws. Similar to his rant on Republicans wanting to repeal Obamacare in May, Kimmel’s monologue was emotional and tear filled:
“This is terrible, but there’s nothing we can do about it.” But I disagree with that intensely. Because of course there’s something we can do about it, there’s a lot of things we can do about it. But we don’t, which is interesting. Because when someone with a beard attacks us, we tap phones; we invoke travel bans; we build walls; we take every possible precaution to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But when an American buys a gun and kills other Americans, then there’s nothing we can about that.”
Kimmel’s attack on Republicans continues, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a number of other lawmakers who won’t do anything about this because the NRA has their balls in a money clip, also sent their thoughts and their prayers today, which is good. They should be praying. They should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country, because it’s so crazy.”
“The Second Amendment, I guess, our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument, I assume. Orlando, Newtown, Aurora, San Bernardino, every one of these shootings the murderer used automatic or semiautomatic rifles, which are not weapons you use for self-defense. They’re weapons designed to kill large numbers of people in the shortest possible amount of time. And this guy, reportedly he had 10 of them in his room, apparently legally. At least some of them were there legally. Why is that allowed? I don’t know why our so-called leaders continue to allow this to happen. Or, maybe, better question, why do we continue to let them allow it to happen?”
Jimmy Kimmel isn’t the only member of the Hollywood Elite that has denounced the lack of gun control laws.
Sarah Silverman, Stephen Colbert, Chelsea Handler, Alyssa Milano, Debra Messing, John Legend, Barbra Streisand, Mindy Kaling, Joshua Malina, Margaret Cho, Bette Midler, Emmy Rossum, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon, Lady Gaga, Billy Eichner, Julianne Moore, Hillary Clinton, George Clooney, Andy Cohen, January Jones, Gigi Hadid, George Takei, Elizabeth Banks, Busy Philipps, Amy Schumer, and countless other celebrities have declared their support of gun control.
The one common denominator between all these people?
They are all members of the Hollywood Elite.
All of these people use the same emotional and factual-lacking argument for gun control. It’s as if living in Hollywood and gaining the fame and fortune so many seek, one must devote their lives to liberal causes and policies.
Not only do these celebrities use their fame and platform to preach their political views to the American public, they do so without using facts to reach their concluding argument.
In June of 2016, singer Cher tweeted, “If nothing else, automatic assault rifles & those that can be made into in2 assault weapons w/ huge clips..must b banned #assaultweaponsonlykillman”
Automatic weapons have been banned in the US since 1986, when Congress passed the Firearms Owners Protection Act. Automatic weapons being banned for over three decades, show how calling for a complete ban on weapons does not eliminate crime.
Singer Diane Warren also came out in support of gun control, with a flawed argument, “What will it take to change these gun laws?? How the fuck can it be legal to have automatic rifles hundreds of bullets. This needs to stop”. Warren tweeted her outrage on the Las Vegas massacre shooter on Oct 2, 2017.
Celebrities calling for gun control, without any gun education are a main reason for gun control never passing. Most of the celebrities in support of gun control, have never held a gun, have never had a lesson on how to use a gun, have never learned proper gun safety techniques. Most celebrities cannot identify the difference between an automatic and a semi-automatic rifle. Celebrities who have never held, shot or permed a gun, are now preaching to middle-class responsible gun-owning Americans on their gun rights. This is the America we now live in.
With all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, from hiding behind gated mansions with a team of security guards and a bank account with several zeros, it is easy to preach politics. It is easy to wish free healthcare for all. It is easy to wish all guns were banned, even if they might be protected by armed security guards. It is easy to bash politicians, and those who believe differently than you, when eating out of a silver spoon and flying in private planes. It is easy to preach your views onto others, when idolized. It is easy to preach your views onto others, when there is little fear of retribution or consequences.
It is easy to see how imperfect the world is, when living in a picture-perfect Hollywood fairytale.
While Kimmel’s monologue appealed to millions in, and outside of the Hollywood Elite liberal bubble, it had little substance and argument, as do many of the gun control arguments. Kimmel said that Americans can, “avoid background checks if they buy a gun privately from another party, online, or at a gun show.”
This claim isn’t true. If an individual were to purchase a firearm from a private party, that individual still must go through a background check. Both parties must go to a dealer who has a valid Federal Firearms License, and the buyer still must pass a federal background check before the transfer of purchase is complete.
Kimmel’s rant also featured other inaccurate claims: the gun show loophole, Americans bypassing background checks online, and an attack such as the Las Vegas massacre would be worse with silencers. All of these claims, featured in his rant about “lawmakers who won’t do anything about this because the NRA has their balls in a money clip” are false and used to stir emotions.
The sad fact is, Kimmel isn’t the only famous, wealthy and politically uneducated celebrity to suffer from the God complex. Kimmel isn’t the first celebrity to suddenly become politically educated on a topic he knows little about.
Without studying healthcare policy, free markets, insurance policy, or data and statistics regarding healthcare, Hollywood elites call for Obamacare to remain. Without studying immigration data and economics, Hollywood elites call for open borders. Without ever holding a gun, researching guns and gun laws, without talking NRA members, without talking to military veterans, without talking to police officers, without talking to ‘average’ Americans on why they own and use firearms, Hollywood elites call for all guns to be banned.
Liberals, famous or not, call to remove all guns from the hands of American citizens. They do little research on guns, and often call for a ban of “assault rifles”, which have been banned since 1986. They confuse machine guns with assault rifles and AR-15s with AK-47s. They call Trump fascist for not calling for gun control, and then say Americans desperately need all guns banned (a fascist tactic). They continue to use Australia, the country banned all handguns, as an example for what to do in the U.S., even though crime has increased in Australia.
Members of the Hollywood elite, preach their beliefs down the throats of Americans – as if it means more than the average person. When in reality, millions of Americans are capable of their own thoughts and opinions. Million of Americans are smart enough to own and use firearms, even though they might vote differently than Hollywood. Whether it’s for self-defense, for hunting, for protection of themselves and loved ones, no matter the reason, it is every American’s right to own a firearm as per the Constitution of the United States – a fact Hollywood elites, and liberals alike, are quick to forget.
While Kimmel’s response is understandable and typical after a tragedy such as the Las Vegas massacre, however that doesn’t mean it’s factually sound. The only thing missing from Kimmel’s monologue were facts.
Where are they?
Liberal Hollywood elites call for gun control, without using a factual argument. They plead with the emotions of Americans for “action”, without having a plan to “act” on. They love to talk politics, until they need facts and evidence for their claims.
The fact of the matter is, Hollywood is a bubble. A self-obsessed bubble, no doubt.
This bubble is made of organic, free-range and nonsensical political ideology.
Hollywood elites love to use their following to preach politics, as if they know and understand more than the rest of America because they have fame. They fly on private planes, wear designer clothing, travel the globe, make millions of dollars a year and because of this extravagant lifestyle, believe their thoughts are superior to the thoughts of middle-class Americans.
The time to pop the bubble, is now.