If you watch just 8:52 seconds of TV today, make it this clip from Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Taped prior to the studio audience’s arrival, the ABC late night host made yet another passionate plea for sanity. This time he spoke directly to lawmakers, who seem deaf to pleas for any kind of gun control laws in America.

It is sad that talk show hosts and basketball coaches seem to be the voices of reason in these horrible, heartbreaking situations, and not lawmakers elected to serve and protect the people. Kudos to Kimmel for speaking for the overwhelming majority of American voters who want, at the very least, mandatory background checks for the purchase of automatic weapons. Do it for the kids. Do it right now.

Canadians need not be smug about gun violence. Earlier this year, an 18-year-old Toronto student died after a shooting, and a 14-year-old was charged with first-degree murder. Just this month, additional regulations were added to Canada’s gun control laws in what is described at the government site as in a “common sense and focused way.” Read more about that here.

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