Jimmy responds to the tragic school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and talks about 89% of Americans wanting background checks, our cowardly leaders listening to the NRA instead of the people they actually represent, firearms becoming the #1 leading cause of death for American children and teens, Ted Cruz speaking at an NRA event this weekend, the 27 school shootings so far this year in America, and making sure that lawmakers do something about common-sense gun laws. If you can, please support Everytown in their fight against gun violence. https://www.everytown.org/Jimmy gave the most passionate speech by any of the network late-night hosts so far.* His writers and editors also compiled a comprehensive collection of clips showing the news coverage. Finally, Jimmy impressed me by mentioning a specific gun-control group and telling his viewers to put their money where their mouths are by donating to it. So far, they've contributed $58,738.00.
Jimmy returned with Ted Cruz Vows to Stop Gun Violence by Abolishing Doors & More Terrible Ideas from Terrible Leaders, complete with a studio audience.
Ted Cruz is claiming that America has a door problem instead of a gun problem, the Attorney General in Texas wants to arm teachers, Tucker Carlson did his usual “could it be that” routine in an attempt to connect the shooting to the pandemic, Lindsey Graham still can’t put his finger on why these acts of violence keep happening, Marjorie Taylor Greene won her district primary and rallied her many faithful followers with an inspiring speech, former football star Herschel Walker beamed into “Fox and Friends” to share his well-formed thoughts on how to prevent another shooting, an appeals court ruled that Donald, Ivanka and Don Jr. must sit for depositions as part of an investigation into their family business, Trump is pushing back on Kellyanne Conway’s claim that she told him he lost to Joe Biden in 2020, we are getting more details about what Tannibal Lector was doing during the riot on January 6th, a new edition of This Week in Florida, Kanye is in business with McDonald’s, and This Week in Unnecessary Censorship.Just like Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert, Jimmy found Ted Cruz's suggestions about doors ridiculous as well as dangerous. Yes, local fire departments would have a problem with it and restricting ingress and egress to schools would likely cause even more deaths from fires than they would save from guns.
Jimmy continued in last night's Trump & Ted Cruz Headline NRA’s Meeting of the Mindless and Republicans Blame EVERYTHING But Guns.
Guillermo is back from COVID quarantine, thousands of flights were canceled over the weekend due to COVID and other issues, the NRA held their annual meeting of the mindless three days after the shooting that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, thousands of NRA members showed up to say that we don’t have a gun problem, Ted Cruz was on hand to talk about his door plan, Trump busted out his serious teleprompter voice to offer his expert opinion on what needs to be done, Republicans are working overtime this week to shift the blame onto anything but guns, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado was out and about at a rally in Wyoming, Marjorie Taylor Greene proved that she is one of our nation’s clearest and most exhilarating thinkers, President Biden hosted Korean boy band BTS at the White House, and we asked men passing by on Hollywood Blvd to give their thoughts on the big MMA fight this weekend between Roe & Wade in a confounding edition of Lie Witness News.Welcome back, Guillermo! I was wondering where you were while watching the second clip. As for Cruz, The Former Guy, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Lauren Boebert, they're nothing if not consistent in their awfulness.
While I'm done with the late-night hosts on the broadcast networks reacting to the tragedy, I still have cable hosts to examine. Stay tuned.
*I found Kimmel even more impassioned than Meyers, Colbert, or even Corden, which made me wonder why "Entertainment Tonight" featured Colbert and Corden instead. I was not surprised to read on Wikipedia that Paramount Streaming owns the show and CBS Media Ventures distributes the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine series. The same is true of "Inside Edition." No wonder "Inside Edition" had a segment on Taps Across America, a CBS project. As I first wrote about CNN defending Big Bird after Ted Cruz called one of the character's tweets "Propaganda," "It's not just news value that's driving it."