Kimmel spoke for 10 straight minutes, reflecting on the act of violence, and pulling even further back to reflect on Washington's response -- or lack thereof.
"I’ve been reading comments from people who say, 'This is terrible, but there’s nothing we can do about it," he said. "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."
At a time of polarizing political perspectives and misinformation campaigns, Kimmel threw caution to the wind to speak openly about his feelings on gun control and the politicians who are and aren't doing anything. At the risk of alienating a portion of his audience, the comedian unpacked the situation, addressing press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' claims from earlier in the day that this wasn't "a time for a political debate."