Jimmy Kimmel breaks down while calling out Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott for gun legislation

An emotional Jimmy Kimmel opened his late night show, Wednesday night,with a tearful plea to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott for gun control laws following the tragic mass shooting death of 19 children in Uvalde, Texas.

“It's OK to admit you made a mistake,” Kimmel begged. “In fact, it's not just OK, it's necessary. To admit you made a mistake. When your mistake is killing the children in your state.”

A year before the horrific shooting, Texas legislators actually expanded gun rights, and Kimmel wondered if they regret that in the wake of the most recent school shooting.

“It takes a brave person to do something like that,” Kimmel implored. “And do I think these men are brave people? No, I don't. I don't. But man, I would love it if they surprised me. I would love it if any of these guys surprised me.”

While other late night hosts called for change in politics, Jimmy suggested replacing the politicians who refuse to change the status quo.

He said, “We need to make sure that we do everything we can to make sure that unless they do something drastic, let's make sure that not one of any of these politicians ever holds office again.”

Video transcript

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JIMMY KIMMEL: Once again, we grieve for the little boys and girls.

KYLE MAR: An emotional Jimmy Kimmel opened his show Wednesday night with a tearful plea to Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott for gun control laws following the tragic mass shooting death of 19 children in Uvalde, Texas.

JIMMY KIMMEL: It's OK to admit you made a mistake in fact, it's not just OK, it's necessary to admit you made a mistake when your mistake is killing the children in your state.

KYLE MAR: A year before the horrific shooting, Texas legislators actually expanded gun rights. And Kimmel wonders if they regret that in the wake of the most recent school shooting.

JIMMY KIMMEL: it takes a brave person to do something like that. And do I think these men are brave people? No, I don't. I don't. But man, I would love it if they surprised me. I would love it if any of these guys surprised me.

KYLE MAR: And while other Late Night hosts called for a change in politics, Kimmel suggested replacing the politicians who refuse to change the status quo.

JIMMY KIMMEL: We need to make sure that we do everything we can that-- to make sure that unless they do something drastic that let's make sure that not one of any of these politicians ever holds office again.

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