Las Vegas shooting: American host Jimmy Kimmel breaks down on TV

  • 03/10/2017
Las Vegas shooting: American host Jimmy Kimmel breaks down on TV
Photo credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live

American television personality Jimmy Kimmel has fought through tears to address the Las Vegas mass shooting that claimed 59 lives on Sunday night (local time).

On Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host broke down, when he began his late-night show by talking about what happened in his hometown the night before.

"We wonder why, even though there's probably no way to ever know, why a human being would do something like this to other human beings.

"This morning we have children without parents and fathers without sons, mothers without daughters… we lost two police officers, we lost a nurse, a special education teacher.

"It's the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up or give up. There are families who are going to have to live with this pain forever because one person with a violent and insane voice in his head managed to stockpile a high-powered collection of rifles."

Kimmel then became even more upset, as he questioned how America's gun-regulation laws could allow this to happen.

"I've been reading a lot of comments from people saying there was nothing we could do about it, but I disagree with that intensely. Of course there's something we can do about it, there are 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.

"When an American buys a gun and kills Americans, then there's nothing we can do about it.

"Maybe I'm nuts, but I think we could all put politics aside and agree that no American needs an M16 [rifle]… or 10 of them."