Kimmel Mocks Scalise For Not Embracing Gun Control After Getting Shot

Gun Rights

During his opening monologue on Wednesday, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel took time to recap the House GOP’s decision to nominate Rep. Steve Scalise to be Speaker of the House. As part of these developments, Kimmel profiled Scalise whom he attacked for not embracing gun control despite almost being assassinated.

Kimmel described Scalise thusly:

He’s an interesting person, this Steve Scalise, he was one of the biggest gun supporters in Congress, but then in 2017, remember he was shot and seriously wounded at a Congressional baseball game by a man carrying a legally-purchased assault rifle. And when he recovered and came back to Congress, he knew that nothing like what happened to him should ever happen again. So as his first act, he introduced House Resolution 2481, that required all baseball players to carry AK-47s in their protective cups and—it’s an inspiring story, they’ll make a movie about it one day.

Of course, Kimmel left out that it wasn’t just a man, but a man who hated Republicans’ stance on health care, which is an issue Kimmel routinely blasts Republicans on.

Furthermore, if Republicans can still oppose gun control despite almost being killed by deranged then maybe their opposition to gun control is sincere and not, as Kimmel often alleges, because of the NRA or indifference to dead children. However, acknowledging Republicans actually do care about victims wouldn’t enable Kimmel to attempt this bit of concern trolling.

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Here is a transcript for the October 11 show:

ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live!

10/11/2023

11:37 PM ET

JIMMY KIMMEL: He’s an interesting person, this Steve Scalise, he was one of the biggest gun supporters in Congress, but then in 2017, remember he was shot and seriously wounded at a Congressional baseball game by a man carrying a legally-purchased assault rifle. And when he recovered and came back to Congress, he knew that nothing like what happened to him should ever happen again. So as his first act, he introduced House Resolution 2481, that required all baseball players to carry AK-47s in their protective cups and—it’s an inspiring story, they’ll make a movie about it one day.

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