Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, opened his first show after the Las Vegas shooting with an impassioned cry for gun control.
However, just before the attack, Kimmel upped security at his studio by adding several more armed security personnel, according to a report from The Blast.
The guards, who are off-duty police officers, will be stationed at the front and back entrances of the studio in light of Trump supporters who have been protesting his show outside of the studio. The show’s production crew has also received a few “concerning” letters and emails.
Several political commentators have pointed out Kimmel’s hypocrisy, including Paul Joseph Watson. Watson pointed out Kimmel’s increased security and noted that Kimmel did not make the same plea following Islamic terror attacks.
Kimmel anticipated people bringing up the Second Amendment in response to his calls for gun control, so he attempted to address the concern in his monologue.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) October 3, 2017
“The Second Amendment, I guess, our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument, I assume,” he said.
Kimmel then decried semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons, as well as loopholes around background checks. He also claimed that politicians are bought by the National Rifle Association.
“By the way, the House of Representatives is voting on a piece of legislation this week,” Kimmel said. “It’s a bill to legalize the sale of silencers for guns, this is what they’re working on. We have a major problem with gun violence in this country, and I guess they don’t care.”
The late-night television host is likely unaware whether his guards use silencers on their weapons. Popular Mechanics calls the term “silencer” a misnomer for what is more accurately termed a “suppressor.” Gunfire can still be heard from a gun while a “silencer” is attached. One criticism Kimmel did not anticipate — cost.
Some Twitter users pointed out that not every American can afford to hire off-duty police officers as security, as Kimmel does. For the average American, a gun is a much cheaper long-term option.
Other’s took to the social media platform to point out the hypocrisy in Kimmel’s statements.
This isn’t the first time Kimmel has used the platform of his late-night comedy show to push political agendas.
In May of 2017, Kimmel used his newborn child’s heart defect to criticize President Donald Trump’s health care policy proposals.
— RamboPepe (@RamboPepe41391) October 3, 2017
His security team better not be armed, because that would make Jimmy Kimmel a gigantic hypocrite. https://t.co/vdqJ5s2uRw
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 3, 2017
The News Guru Reached Out to Kimmel for an interview, However, we are still awaiting a reply.