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Jimmy Kimmel has an emotional, angry rebuttal to what Trump didn't say in his school shooting speech

If you don't like seeing grown men tear up, Jimmy Kimmel's monologue Thursday night probably isn't for you. Kimmel showed parts of President Trump's speech about Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and agreed that no student or teacher should be worried about being killed in school, and no parent should have to fear that. "Here's what you do to fix that," he told Trump: "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."

"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," Kimmel said. "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 it after every one of these eight, now, fatal school shootings we had in this country this year. Children are being murdered." Trump has done worse than nothing, Kimmel said, pointing to Trump's actions on guns and mental illness.

"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?" Kimmel asked. "Somewhere along the line, these guys forgot they work for us — not the NRA, 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 things." To make sure lawmakers "do something this time," he steered like-minded viewers to Everytown.org. Watch below. Peter Weber