Jimmy Kimmel had some choice words for gun owners who support the second amendment and received a firestorm of backlash.
“Dear crazies,” Kimmel Tweeted. “It is fascinating that 500 innocent people get shot and your anger is directed at me. Think about that.”
Dear crazies: it is fascinating that 500 innocent people get shot and your anger is directed at me. Think about that https://t.co/TTMxEcjdbZ
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) October 6, 2017
Kimmel delivered a monologue after the Vegas shooting in which he talked about stricter gun control. He called those who disagreed with him that Americans “don’t need” high powered rifles “crazies.”
Kimmel also blamed gun owners for the Vegas shooting.
“They say it’s inappropriate to be talking about it because it’s too soon,” Kimmel said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “Well, maybe it is too soon for you because deep down inside you know—in your heart you know you bear some responsibility for the fact that almost anyone can get any weapon they want, and now you want to cover yourself until the storm of outrage passes and you can go back to your dirty business as usual.”
Obviously, the overwhelming majority of Americans who own semi-automatic rifles are completely innocent. They are law-abiding citizens. They are not responsible for the shooting in Vegas. But people like Kimmel believe that because gun violence happens, nobody should be allowed to have a gun he thinks they don’t need.
Gun owners who don’t like being blamed and punished for something they didn’t do, took issue with that, and Kimmel thinks that makes them “crazy” and responsible for murders, just because they own guns.
Kimmel has received numerous responses from people who don’t like being called “crazy” just because they think people should be allowed to own guns.
“I agree people shouldn’t be as angry at you as they are the shooter,” journalist Stephen miller wrote. “So why are you angrier at innocent gun owners than you are the shooter?”
I agree people shouldn’t be as angry at you as they are the shooter. So why are you angrier at innocent gun owners than you are the shooter? https://t.co/iMuuNwkXEX
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 6, 2017
There was plenty more where they came from, and several Tweets raised some very important points.
It’s fascinating that you blame innocent people for the evil of a murderer. Think about that. https://t.co/QrGdO4U48z
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 6, 2017
Maybe next time, you won’t exploit a tragedy and misrepresent countless facts to pursue pointless policies as part of a partisan agenda. https://t.co/9W4ebL4ZXk
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) October 6, 2017
Others threw Kimmel’s hateful words right back at him.
— No One 🇺🇸 (@tweettruth2me) October 6, 2017
Probably because you said tens of millions of law abiding gun owners bear responsibility for it. But yeah Bloomberg can use more $$ for ads. https://t.co/bAkEA3BeHZ
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) October 6, 2017
We’ve already reported on the lack of correlation between gun ownership and gun murder rates. State by state we see that there’s no correlation between the number of gun owners, and the number of gun murders.
It’s also easy to see that the U.S. is well below the average gun murder rate and the mean gun murder rate worldwide, dispelling the myth that gun violence is getting worse in the U.S. (it’s not) or as Kimmel said, “It feels like someone has opened a window into hell.”
The tragedy in Las Vegas was terrible. That someone can have that kind of hate inside is just shocking.
But Kimmel isn’t helping by blaming millions of gun owners who’ve never hurt anyone.
H/T: The Blaze