On Wednesday afternoon Nikolas Cruz, 19, arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He hopped out of the Uber he'd just taken and strolled into the grounds with a black duffel bag and backpack, stuffed with bullets, and shortly there after, around 2:19 p.m, began firing on teachers and students.
Within minutes there were mass causalities and as of today, the death toll stands at 17. Since the shooting it's been discovered that Cruz, who confessed to police to being the gunman, had reportedly had past trouble with the law.
According to CNN, "a neighbor said Cruz pointed a BB gun at homes and did target practice in the neighborhood", he had social media posts with photos of guns laid out on a bed, and yet, these were not enough red-flags. The teen still managed to purchase the firearm he allegedly used in the massacre legally. Because in America, you can.
With growing outrage over how something like this can happen again and again in the US -- Wednesday's incident is the 8th deadliest shooting in recent US history -- more and more celebrities are lending their voices to the call for change; Jimmy Kimmel being one of them.
The Oscar's host is calling for US gun laws to become stricter and used his TV monologue on Thursday (Feb. 15) to call out President Trump, and other American leaders, who seem to think that sending condolences after the fact is better than legislating tighter gun control.
During his shaky 4-minute address, Kimmel was emotional as he practically begged for politicians amend weapon laws.
The host said, "no child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school" and that "no parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning."
Kimmel aimed his words directly at Trump when he said: "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. Go on TV and tell them to do that."
Jimmy called for all the "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."
Breaking down into almost sobs he continued: "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 that after every one of these eight now fatal shootings we've had in this country this year. Children are being murdered."
The monologue ended with a montage of American politicians, including Trump and other prominent Republicans, all basically saying that it was "too soon" to discuss changing gun laws.
Eight fatal school shootings and it's only February; when is it going to be too late, do you think?