What’s Jimmy Kimmel’s Real Objective? [Video]
What’s Jimmy Kimmel’s Real Objective? [Video]
This was not the first time Jimmy Kimmel waded into politics on his late night talk show. I seem to remember at one point, he used to be funny, but now he just uses his public pulpit to promote statist policies, because they trigger his FEELZ, and his ignorance is getting on my last nerve, because thousands and thousands of emotional ignorami are basing their political views on the diatribes of a talk show host, whose highest “education” credit includes a couple of years of college and an “honorary degree” from UNLV.
Sorry, but said honorary degree doesn’t make him a policy expert. Being a talk show host doesn’t make him a constitutional scholar. Having a sick child doesn’t give him moral authority to promote economically destructive health care policies. Having sympathy for victims of a massacre doesn’t give him the depth of knowledge to bloviate about gun control. And yet, that’s exactly what he did the other night, preying on the frayed emotions of his audience like a ghoul to ignorantly promote policies he doesn’t understand.
And thousands of people and media outlets tearfully cry with him and tell him how totally smart he is!
The Washington Post encourages us to “Read Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional, scathing monologue about gun control after the Vegas massacre.” So I did, and I found it to be as lacking in factual analysis as it was filled with hysterical hyperbole. It wasn’t scathing. It was irritating. Look, we’re all grieving. Every time something like this happens, we cry, our hearts go out to the victims and their families, we wonder what could have been done differently. It’s a distinctly human emotional desire to want to place the blame SOMEWHERE and to explore options to help ensure another massacre never happens again.
The problem with these desires is that many times they translate into statist policies that deprive people who had nothing to do with the crime in question of their rights. Instead of looking at possible solutions rationally, politicians and overwrought celebrities have a tendency to blame and punish those who have committed no crime, merely because they want to preserve their rights and freedoms.
Because of that, because there weren’t any of the usual signs, I’ve been reading comments from people who say, “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.
You know what’s also interesting? That Kimmel immediately invokes racism and implies that had the shooter been anything but white, we will never do anything about it. He disingenuously brings up travel bans, wiretaps, and walls, but ignores the fact that we already have thousands of gun control laws on the books that were meant to prevent this very thing, and that have done nothing to stop those determined to murder from doing so.
The 1994 “assault” weapons ban didn’t stop Columbine, and neither did the law preventing underaged persons from purchasing weapons.
The law requiring background checks on all gun purchases didn’t stop Omar Mateen from legally purchasing firearms and committing mass murder in Orlando last year.
Barack Obama demanded that people on the federal no-fly list be deprived of their Second Amendment rights, but neither of the San Bernadino terrorists were on that list, although children, journalists, and politicians do appear on the list, and since the lists aren’t made public and one wouldn’t know one is on it anyway, it makes said lists particularly onerous when it comes to our rights. Leaked documents revealed that nearly 40 percent of the people on the list have no affiliation with any terrorist group, and according to the government’s watchlisting guidelines, officials don’t need “concrete facts” or “irrefutable evidence” to secretly place someone on the list. Their standard is “reasonable suspicion,” and the inclusion on the list is nearly automatic.
Laws against theft didn’t prevent Adam Lanza from grabbing a hold of his mother’s firearms and murdering innocent children at Sandy Hook. He didn’t purchase them. He wouldn’t have had a problem anyway, because he had no criminal record and his mental health issues didn’t include a predilection for violence, as people with Asperger syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder aren’t generally known to be violent.
So what is it Jimmy Kimmel expects us to do?
Well, apparently he expects us to make rifles illegal. Because bans have been SO effective in the past! Not.
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, better question, why do we continue to let them allow it to happen?
Jimmy is right about one thing: our Founders intended for us to have the same types of weapons as the military, as the last bulwark against tyranny, and while he waxes sarcastic about AK-47s (likely without knowing what they actually are), the Founders’ writings on the subject are pretty clear.
The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans.
The Las Vegas murderer apparently used a bump fire stock, which is not the same as an automatic weapon, but does allow a shooter to fire rounds in rapid succession. Legally owned automatic weapons have been used in crimes a grand total of THREE times since 1934. Three. And since the 1986 Hughes Amendment prohibited ownership of automatic weapons manufactured after 1986, and any older ones are generally hard to get, expensive, require a $200 tax and extra checks by the FBI, automatic weapons aren’t a problem.
Jimmy’s claims about semi-automatic rifles are also false. No, they’re not designed to “kill large numbers of people in the shortest possible amount of time.” They expel one round with one pull of the trigger just like any other semi-automatic firearm, and they’ve been used plenty of times in self defense, including helping defend the property of Korean store owners in Los Angeles after the Rodney King riots, protecting a 15 year-old boy and his younger sister from home invaders, allowing a Philadelphia couple to defend themselves against a home invader, and helping stop attackers from victimizing a tax preparation business near Detroit.
Five people got shot in Lawrence, Kansas, last night, three of them died, it didn’t even make a blip because it’s just a regular part of our lives now. And you know what will happen, we’ll pray for Las Vegas. Some of us will get motivated, some of us won’t get motivated. The bills will be written, they’ll be watered down, they’ll fail. The NRA will smother it all with money and over time we’ll get distracted, we’ll move on to the next thing. And then it will happen again. And again.
And once again, Jimmy fails to propose any specific legislation that would stop this “regular part of our lives now.” He apparently thinks his tears on national television will usher in change, because he’s oh-so feeling and caring, virtue signalling his concern from his safe and secure Hollywood Hills house, where carnage rarely happens.
Right now, there are loopholes in the law that let people avoid background checks if they buy a gun privately from another party, if they buy a gun online or at a gun show. So I want to show you something. These are the faces of the senators who, days after the shooting in Orlando, voted against a bill that would have closed those loopholes. These are the 56 senators who didn’t want to do anything about that.
Jimmy obviously thinks that calling anything he doesn’t like a “loophole” will prompt the frothing, ignorant masses to action. He doesn’t care that dealers both at gun shows and online have to run background checks. That’s federal law. When I purchased a revolver online, it was shipped to a dealer, who had to run a check before I could take possession of the firearm. And since the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that less than 1 percent of guns used in crimes were purchased at gun shows, that loophole doesn’t strike me as particularly loopholy. One would think if there were an easy way to purchase a firearm at a gun show, criminals would be flocking there in droves, but they’re not. So either the criminal grapevine has experienced a short and just isn’t informing thugs of this miraculous source of firearms, or the pervasive law enforcement presence and the background checks all FFL dealers are required to run at gun shows make the “loophole” just another gun grabber lie.
But what about those private sales? Because really, that’s what Jimmy wants to do. He wants to limit how you dispose of your own property and to whom you give it. Well, first of all, that initiative will disproportionately affect the poor, who will have to pay more than they normally would for a firearm purchased from another individual, because they would have to absorb the cost of an FFL performing a background check, mark-ups that usually go along with retail sales, etc. Why does Jimmy hate poor people?
No, I don’t really think he does. But for someone like Jimmy, it’s easy to just go to the store and pay a little bit extra to purchase a firearm. He won’t even notice the cost increase, and he doesn’t really need a whole lot of tools of self defense, safely ensconced in his Hollywood Hills neighborhood. Not so for the thousands of not so rich people, who can’t afford homes in gated communities, and whose neighborhoods are much more likely than Jimmy’s to experience robberies, assaults, murders, and other crimes. Those are the people who need an inexpensive way to purchase tools of self defense, and those are the people who will be disproportionately affected by any price hike. Jimmy, however, is tone deaf to the plight of others who aren’t like him. And even though he talks a good game about caring for those poor victims of violence, he’s working to make them more vulnerable to attack – whether he acknowledges that fact or not.
Jimmy goes on to derp about silencers, which had nothing to do with this heinous crime, and had nothing to do with the majority of crimes committed with firearms, and which are a real concern for shooters, instructors, and shooting sports enthusiasts, and claims that hotel fires became less prevalent once building codes changed!
HOLY DISINGENUOUS COMPARISONS, BATMAN! Because hotels abiding by improved building codes is TOTALLY the same as criminals murdering people! Hotels will get prosecuted and lose millions if they’re found to be not in compliance with building codes, and especially if people die because of it. There’s an economic incentive to abide by improved building codes – codes that were somehow lacking before. What Jimmy doesn’t understand or doesn’t want to understand is that there is no deficiency in gun control laws that’s causing crimes to be committed. We already have literally thousands of gun control laws on the books – both on the federal and state level.
What Jimmy and his frothing supporters really want is to emotionally manipulate Americans into more restrictions of our rights under the guise of keeping guns out of the wrong hands.
Guess what, people! YOURS are the wrong hands.